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Russia wins 1st badminton medal in tainted doubles

india Updated: Aug 04, 2012 17:21 IST

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Russia has won its first medal in Olympic badminton after Valeria Sorokina and Nina Vislova beat Alex Bruce and Michelle Li of Canada 21-9, 21-10 in the playoff for bronze of the scandal-tainted women's doubles on Saturday.

Both couples had failed to advance from group play, but were dropped into the quarterfinals when four other pairs from China, South Korea and Indonesia were disqualified for trying to lose their group matches to gain a favorable draw in the last eight.

The Russians had already beaten the Canadians in group play. Bruce and Li, also trying to win their team's first badminton medal, won only one match out of six in the quarterfinals.