Liu Xiang Trips On First Hurdle, Hops Around On One Leg After Race, CCTV Commentator Weeps Into Microphone

Liu Xiang fail
What the hell did we watch? Why didn't someone help Liu Xiang up? Why was he left hopping around on one foot like an inspirational failure? Liu Xiang was in the sixth heat of the preliminaries in the 110-meter hurdles, and on his first leap his left foot collided with the hurdle, sending him down. He landed awkwardly, tumbled and tumbled, and the CCTV commentators emitted a scream and then went speechless for the next five seconds.

Could A Doctor’s Note Have Gotten Shuttlers Yu Yang And Wang Xiaoli Reinstated?

Badminton World Federation Chief Operating Officer Thomas Lund, Danish,
Was a note proving injury all that was required to get the world’s No. 1 badminton team of Yu Yang and Wang Xiaoli reinstated after their high-profile disqualification for match-fixing (and the DQs of three other teams)? I’ve emailed Thomas Lund,, and the Badminton World Federation (BWF) to find out, and will report back if... Read more »

Lin Dan And Lee Chong Wei Showed The World The Best That Badminton Has To Offer

Lin Dan wins
China’s Lin Dan beat Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei 15-21, 21-10, 21-19 earlier today, becoming the first person to repeat as Olympic men’s badminton champion (he also beat Lee in the 2008 finals). That in itself could establish him as the best male badminton player of all time, but then you consider his 48 career titles, including four... Read more »

Yao Ming Says Some Very Reasonable Things About Badminton And Swimming

Yao Ming
Internationally famous Chinese man Yao Ming has been color-commentating the men’s basketball games on CCTV, but as has always been his case, he’s too intelligent and opinionated to be boxed in by his sport. Very recently, as reported by Reuters, he spoke on the record with Xinhua about the badminton and Ye Shiwen controversies: “(The) same... Read more »

After Much Ado, China’s “Other” Badminton Team Won The Women’s Doubles Gold

Chinese team wins gold again
Yu Yang and Wang Xiaoli were disqualified for match-fixing because they wanted to avoid facing Tian Qian and Zhao Yunlei in the semifinals, and now we know why. Tian and Zhao just won the gold medal, never dropping a set in any of their three knock-out round matches. They beat Japan’s Mizuki Fujii and Reika Kakiiwa 21-10 25-23.... Read more »

A Glimpse At Post-Racial America

Gymnast and coach
Via Facebook: “Gabrielle Douglas, the first African American woman to win the all-around gold medal in gymnastics, celebrating with Liang Chow, her Chinese-born coach.” (H/T Disgrasian)

Disqualified Yu Yang Tells Badminton Federation “You Guys Heartlessly Shattered Our Dreams,” Announces Retirement, Attributes Disgraceful Last Performance To Teammate’s Knee Injury

Yu Yang announces retirement
Yu Yang’s retirement announcement Hold the phones, everyone. This story isn’t as straightforward as we thought, and it doesn’t seem like Yu Yang completely agrees with the Badminton World Federation’s decision to disqualify her and teammate Wang Xiaoli for match fixing. (Also, she announced her retirement on Tencent Weibo, but we’ll get to that in a... Read more »

Chinese Fans Support Decision To Disqualify Badminton Players [UPDATE]

Badminton poll
When the Badminton World Federation (BWF) announced yesterday it was disqualifying four teams from the women’s doubles competition for trying to lose, including the world’s top team, China’s Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang, I have to admit my first reaction was fear that this would create more controversy than it would resolve. (Here are match “highlights.”)... Read more »

Watch: What It Looks Like When Badminton Players Are Trying To Lose

Badminton unsportsmanlike play
Courtesy of Sina, here’s actual Olympic footage! UPDATE, 12:06 pm: They’ve disabled the embed. But you can watch on Sina’s website if you’re within the mainland. The players in the above have, as reported, been disqualified from the tournament. The Indonesian team withdrew its appeal, and the two South Korean teams’ appeals were rejected, according to... Read more »

Olympics Links: Badminton bombshell: four doubles teams disqualified for match-fixing

Diving censorship
If you’re not up to speed on badminton’s big scandal, first go read this. And then realize that the IOC and Badminton World Federation just dropped the biggest bombshell of these Games by disqualifying four pairs of teams from the quarterfinals for match-fixing, including two teams — both South Korean (what is it with South Koreans... Read more »

Badminton Controversy! Shuttlers Accused Of Deliberately Losing [UPDATE]

Shuttlers Yu Yang and Wang Xiaoli
Let’s start with the format: the Olympic women’s doubles badminton tournament begins with pool play with four groups of four teams, with the top two teams in each group moving on to the quarterfinals. The matchups in the quarters are predetermined: teams from Groups A and C crossover (1st-place team from A plays 2nd-place team from... Read more »

Weightlifter Wu Jingbiao Demonstrates The Meaning Of “Agony Of Defeat”

Weightlifter Wu Jingbiao Demonstrates The Meaning Of “Agony Of Defeat”
You don't need to know Chinese to appreciate this video (though the subtitles by chnnewsengsub are appreciated). Wu Jingbiao, the two-time reigning World Weightlifting Championships gold-medalist, was the favorite to win on Sunday, and would have if not for North Korean Om Yun Chol's perfect day. In his post-lift interview, Wu was inconsolable. “I feel terribly guilty for disappointing my country, the Chinese weightlifting team and all the people who supported me," he said. "I really wanted to be the best but I didn’t make it. I am sorry!"

Olympics Roundup: Ye Shiwen passes drug test, the Guardian’s Lego reenactments of Olympic moments, and US and North Korea make Old Trafford history

London bus ad
While we all await Ye Shiwen’s next race — she’s the top qualifier (and Olympic record-holder) in the 200-meter individual medley, which begins at 8:43 pm London time / 3:43 am Beijing time — you might be interested to know that women’s gymnastics is on right now. Other Olympics stuff happened too, as you’ll see... Read more »