Rio 2016: Japanese shuttler Nozomi Okuhara takes bronze

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Rio de Janeiro, Aug 19: Japanese shuttler Nozomi Okuhara won bronze at the Rio Olympics after injured reigning champion Li Xuerui gave a walk-over in the women's singles bronze medal match of the badminton competition here on Friday (Aug 19).

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The former World No.1 Chinese surrendered the match due to an injury, which she faced during her semi-final clash against current No.1 Carolina Marin of Spain.

Japan's Nozomi Okuhara plays against India's Sindhu Pusarla during a women's singles semifinal badminton match at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The 25-year-old Li lost 14-21, 16-21 to the 2014 and 2015 world champion Carolina on Thursday.

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The Japanese won her first Superseries title at the 2015 Japan Open.

In 2016, the 21-year-old won the prestigious All England Open tournament, becoming the first Japanese woman player to achieve this feat in the last 39 years.

Okuhara lost her semi-final match against PV Sindhu on Thursday.

IANS

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