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Commonwealth Games: Li and Parupalli take badminton titles

Michelle Li became the first Canadian to win women's singles gold at the Commonwealth Games badminton as she saw off the challenge of Scotland's Kirsty Gilmour and her passionate home following at the Emirates Arena.

GLASGOW: Michelle Li became the first Canadian to win women's singles gold at the Commonwealth Games badminton as she saw off the challenge of Scotland's Kirsty Gilmour and her passionate home following at the Emirates Arena.

Meanwhile India's Kashyap Parupalli was a popular winner in the men's singles final as he beat Derek Wong of Singapore in a three-game classic to win gold.

Li, who had caused a surprise on Saturday by beating top seed PV Sindhu of India, was always in control of the final, winning the first game 21-14 before cruising to the second 21-7. "I think I've added a better mental aspect to my game and that's really helped me in this tournament," she said.

"This will mean a lot for Canada and it definitely means a lot to me. I'm really happy to have the opportunity to represent my country. I'm self-funded but we have a bit of government funding. We still have to put in a bit of our own money, though, as well as sponsors. That was one of the hardest matches in the tournament and I had to focus really hard. This will give me confidence to push in the World Championships but I will be going for gold."

Parupalli's clash with Wong was a tense affair from the start but the Indian, who was bronze medallist in Delhi, was helped by a noisy support to win the first game 21-14. Wong came back in the second to win it 21-11 but it was neck and neck in the final game. Parupalli eventually took it from 19-19 in 61 minutes before ripping off his shirt in one of the most excited celebrations of the Games.

"I'm so happy," said the 27-year-old. "This championship means such a lot to me. These Games come every four years and that's what drove me on. I knew when I came into the tournament I wanted the gold medal. I have not played up to my ability but I've made it through.

"I won the first set comfortably and there was no fight in him but in the second set he showed why he reached the final. I started to be more aggressive and I am just so happy for me and for my country. I have got four or five years left and now I want big medals and big championships."

Husband and wife pairing Chris and Gabrielle Adcock comfortably won the mixed doubles gold medal with a straightforward 21-9, 21-12 victory over English team-mates Chris Langridge and Heather Olver.

Khe Wei Won equalled the Malaysian badminton gold medal record as she went level on four with Eei Hun Chun after she won the women's doubles with partner Vivian Kah Mun Hoo. The pair had to fight to record a 21-17, 23-21 win over Indian defending champions Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa.

Malaysia also won the men's doubles that brought down the curtain on the badminton event at the Commonwealth Games. In a high-octane contest, Tan Wee Kiong and Goh Wei Shem proved fitting 21-12, 12-21, 21-10 winners over Danny Chrisnanta and Chayut Triyachart of Singapore after plenty of power hitting.

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