Chen Long ranks first in BWF Olympic qualification

Beijing, Jan 22 (IANS) Badminton World Federation (BWF) updated the latest ‘Race to Rio’ Olympic qualification rankings with Chinese shuttlers Chen Long taking first place in men’s singles and Zhang Nan/Zhao Yunlei maintaining top place in mixed doubles.

According to the rules of qualification, in the singles event, if all athletes from one country are ranked between 1 and 16, this country will be awarded a maximum two quota places. In doubles, if all pairs from one country are ranked between 1 and 8, this country gets maximum two quota places (four athletes), reports Xinhua.

In men’s singles, Lee Chong Wei ranks second while two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan ranks seven. In women’s singles, Wang Yihan, Li Xuerui and Wang Shixian of China rank 2-4 and Spain’s Carolina Marin ranks first.

China takes up two top-8 places in men’s doubles and three in mixed doubles. But in women’s doubles, only one pair from China get a berth in top 8. Luo Ying/Luo Yu rank 3. Tian Qing/Zhao Yun rank 14 and Yu Yang/Tang Yuanting rank 24.

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