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Momota makes history to be first Japanese man winning badminton worlds

Monday, 2018-08-06 07:54:32
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Kento Momota of Japan poses for photos after winning the men's singles final against Shi Yuqi of China at the BWF World Championships 2018 in Nanjing, China's Jiangsu province, Aug. 5, 2018. (Photo: Xinhua)
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World No. 7 Kento Momota became the first Japanese male player to claim a gold medal at the badminton world championships after defeating China's promising star Shi Yuqi in two straight games on Sunday.

In the women's singles, Spain's Carolina Marin roared all the way to her third world championships title after overcoming India's third-seeded Pusarla V. Sindhu again in a rematch of the 2016 Rio Olympics final, becoming the first female shuttler to complete such a feat.

* Two-time Grand Slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia staged a remarkable comeback to win the Washington Open title on Sunday, fending off four match points in the second set to defeat No.7 seed Donna Vekic of Croatia 4-6, 7-6(7), 6-2.

* Bayern Munich's Javi Martinez scored the sole goal of the match in the 60th minute to edge Manchester United 1-0 in a pre-season friendly on Sunday.

* Midfielder Toni Kroos, 28, has been awarded with the prize of Germany's Player of the Year, the kicker Sportsmagazin announced on Sunday. At the 59th edition of the poll, from 475 journalists 185 voted in favour of Kroos, who finished second in last year's poll.

* German striker Mario Gomez will no longer wear the national team jersey after announcing his retirement in an official statement on Sunday.

* Feyenoord claimed the Dutch Super Cup, the Johan Cruijff Schaal, for the second time in a row by beating PSV on penalty shootout Saturday in Eindhoven.

* Burnley have signed central defender Ben Gibson from Championship club Middlesbrough for a fee of 15 million pounds with the Premier League club making their first move of the transfer window. The Clarets said that the fee for Gibson equals the club record transfer paid last year for striker Chris Wood and that Gibson had signed a four-year contract.

* Former Japan midfielder Keisuke Honda has signed with Melbourne Victory for the 2018/19 season, the A-League champions said on Monday. The former AC Milan player bowed out of international soccer after Japan's exit from the last 16 at the World Cup in Russia, having represented the nation 98 times and scored 37 goals.

* South Africa's Olympic and world champion Caster Semenya won her 27th successive 800 metres final when she clocked an impressive one minute 56.06 seconds at the African championships in Asaba, Nigeria on Sunday. The title was the second at the five-day games for the 27-year-old who had earlier won the 400m in a national record of 49.96 seconds, while her 800m time was a championship record.

* A week before defending his PGA Championship title, Justin Thomas showed his game is in fine fettle when he blew away the field for a four-stroke victory at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio, on Sunday. Thomas started the final round with a three-shot cushion and was never seriously headed, a one-under-par 69 more than enough to clinch his ninth PGA Tour title, and his first in a World Golf Championships event.

* Former England midfielder Steven Gerrard was denied a win in his first Scottish Premiership game in charge of Rangers on Sunday when Aberdeen snatched a late equaliser in a 1-1 draw after the visitors were reduced to 10 men at Pittodrie.

Reuters, Xinhua