Rio Olympics 2016: Japan win first ever badminton gold medal

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Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi were the competition's top seeds

Japan's Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi beat Denmark's Christinna Pedersen and Kamilla Rytter Juhl to win gold in the badminton women's doubles.

In a thrilling final, the Japanese pair trailed 19-16 in the deciding game, but won five consecutive points to snatch a 18-21 21-9 21-19 victory.

South Korea's Shin Seung-chan and Jung Kyung-eun beat China's Yu Yang and Tang Yuanting 21-8 21-7 to win bronze.

Jung and Yu were among eight players to be disqualified during the 2012 Games.

Four years ago at the London Olympics, four pairs were thrown out of the competition for "not using one's best efforts to win" after making deliberate mistakes to manipulate the draw for the knockout stage.

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Archive 2012: Fans jeered as the women's doubles match between China's Yu Yang and Wang Xiaoli and South Koreans Jung Kyung-eun and Kim Ha-na ended in controversy.

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