V for Viktor: Badminton player wins Denmark’s second gold

Viktor Axelsen avenges defeat in Rio to take the title

Badminton player Viktor Axelsen just moments ago won Denmark’s second gold of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

The 27-year-old avenged his defeat by the defending champion Chen Long, 32, in the semi-finals of the 2016 Olympics to claim gold, winning in straight sets 21-15, 21-12.

The victory means that Axelsen knocked out both of China’s top players on his way to gold.

Denmark now 21st in medals table
Heading into the final, Chen had won 14 of the 19 contests between the pair, but he found Axelsen in formidable form.

The gold moves Denmark 13 places up the medals table to sit in 21st place with five medals, overtaking Sweden to become the top Nordic country.




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