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03-12-2012, 08:53 PM #18
Any Holiday Inn would have given you bottled water FOC.
03-13-2012, 12:08 AM #19
03-13-2012, 01:00 AM #20
Some Pics for Quarterfinals Action
OK, now to the first pics of the action, from quarterfinals day ......As I said, not that many pics this year - there were more camera confiscations by the eagle eyed monitoring personnel than at anytime I remember. Luckily they were more sporting during the finals prize presentations ......
Sung Ji-Hyun in battle with Tai Tzu Ying.
Tago, reducing more of Coach Keita Masuda's hair in his fight against Chen Long
Lin Dan in action against Taufik Hidayat
Hayom Rumbaka, testing the, err, painful arm and shoulder of the defending champion
Poon and Tse - not a bad pair from HK, but started off badly in their tie.
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03-13-2012, 02:10 AM #21
Not a bad pair in looks, skills or both?
03-13-2012, 03:04 AM #22
03-13-2012, 04:05 AM #23
Quarterfinals Day - The End of the British Challenge
Team GB banked their hopes on their upcoming mixed doubles World Championship Runners-up pairing of Chris Adcock and Imogen Bankier, as well as the semi-ancient Nathan Robertson and Jenny Wallwork.
Adcock and Bankier had recently turned the tables on their conquerors, Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei in the first round, which partly contributed to the extended opening round day of action to 3 am the next day.
Against them were the Malaysian pair still recovering from back injury and permanent service problems, Goh Liu Ying and Chan Peng Soon.
Robertson and Wallwork, meanwhile, looked confident and mean against Indonesia's Liliyana Natsir and Tontowi Ahmad.
The prim and proper British crowd transformed their, err, stiff upper leap persona, and came closest to upstaging the smaller Malaysian and Indonesian contingents during this phase of the competition. Thus the two rival cheerleading teams with more than 60 years of "hostile cheerleading history" brokered truce for the day and were able push their pairs to drive Team GB away.
Ah, the things we do to set up an Indonesia vs Malaysia showdown.
Adcock/Bankier vs Chan/Goh
If you dare lose, I will whack you!Adcock loose serveArching his back to maintain the attackChan Peng Soon flying highGoh Liu Ying drives a winner
Robertson/Wallwork vs Ahmad/NatsirShapely Wallwork posing to receive serveWhat goes up ........... must be assisted up INA pair, keeping the shuttle lowA focused Liliyana Natsir, preparing to pounce
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03-13-2012, 09:48 AM #24
Monument at the Centre of Westfield StratfordNice graffiti walls hide the Olympic Construction Site Office
Wonder how it would look like at night with glowing flames?The Olympic Complex comes with planned rail linksBut there is still lots to do on the landscaping endThese creatures implore you to help donate to a lost, err, I mean overblown budget cause. And help avoid another Greek tragedy.
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03-13-2012, 10:26 AM #25
Next, we graduate to the situation within the National Indoor Arena. Not much different from before, just more of the same Yonex booths, food and beverage area, etc. Pics here:Citroen, vehicle sponsorship partner of Badminton England. And you get to be Sebastian Loeb in simulatorAvenue of Champions - roll back the years when Peter Gade won the title at a very young age of 22The history of badminton - told in pictorial form by Anthony Clark and Donna KelloggNo strings badminton booth - try to serve to the holes.Badminton England boothStringing team at workYonex official souvenir T-shirts for this year's eventI bet Yonex didn't tell him about the, ahem, side effects of stiff shoulder and pain in the underarm.Really?! What can an athlete gain wearing jewelry to contest in this event?
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03-13-2012, 11:57 PM #26
Excellent thread Abedeng! Thanks so much for relating your experiences and images.
Ever think of being a sports writer?
Hmm sports-travel a whole industry in itself.
03-14-2012, 12:15 AM #27
And Now .... to Semifinals Action
Again, not that many pictures of the action. But here are the more interesting ones to me .....
First - Lee Hyun Il vs Lee Chong Wei
By this time, it was said that LCW was already feeling some pain. Having said that, he still had too much in reserve for LHI. Despite a late challenge from the Korean, the match was actually not as close that the scoreline suggested.
Next - Li Xuerui vs Tai Tzu Ying
It was a match full of suspense. Li Xuerui was full of grace, personified by her, ahem, BWF-approved playing attire. Whereas Tai Tzu Ying was more like a cat, pouncing left and right and clawing all the energy-sapping moves, including English Premier League goalkeeping dive saves. Pretty much like our resident BC Cat when playing BC Super Series tournaments ........
In the end, the cat was expertly bagged by Xuerui's graceful moves - creating an All-England Record of 14 unanswered points from 6-9 to 20-9.
Next : MD Denmark vs Korea
The haggard looks of the defending champions did not inspire confidence. Unlike their clean shaven selves of 1 year ago, this time they looked like they just got out of bed to play. Easily put to pasture by the fit and fast Koreans.
Next: Lin Dan vs Kenichi Tago
Really, LD was just toying with Tago. Like what LCW did to Tago back in January. Yup, the rest of the other players are still mere mortals compared to LD and LCW.
Finally : The Battle Royale of the day - INA XD vs MAS XD
A fitting battle if it were the final itself. Younger and less experienced Malaysians gave it their all, and the first game alone needed a total of 8 gamepoints before closure after 30 minutes. But the World Championship pedigree of Liliyana Natsir stood tall.
If not for the service issues of Chan Peng Soon though, Malaysia could have at least bagged game 1. Nonetheless, the Indonesians were the better pair and deserving winners.
P/S : Malaysian and Indonesian supporting camps had a very good time "fighting" each other in this match.
Future Stars: CHN pair Huan Xia and Tang Jinhua
Here's a peek of the future Chinese stars. Lasted less than 30 minutes against the current World Champs. Good looking girls too .......
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03-14-2012, 12:41 AM #28
Besides, it will become a job, rather than just sharing experiences without obligations. In which case I shall have to charge BC - which would be a shame ....... wakakakaka.
03-14-2012, 08:03 AM #29
Birmingham By Day .....
Enough of Badminton for the time being, let's see what the City of Birmingham has to offer.
Technically, the whole City Centre area is within walking distance from one end to the other. Good for maintaining your budget and fitness levels, not good enough fitness to beat the lowest ranked All-England participant ......
Here are some pictures of the City in the day:
Baskerville House, Broad Street
One of my favourite food joints, Bugis Street Brasserie, within the Copthorne Hotel
Where these defeated members of the Chinese Men's Singles squad stayed in
The Museum at Chamberlain Square
This is Victoria Square - just beside Chamberlain Square
Ancient Clock, still works
Where cheap entertainment is still available
The Birmingham New Street Rail Station, just below the Pallasades Shopping Centre
If you want to stay cool, there's no better place than to stay cool at The Rotunda. Let's not discuss the price, though ........
And look, The Rotunda has it's own Bull!
03-14-2012, 08:21 AM #30
More Birmingham Pix:
The NIA at night
Inside the Birmingham ICC
Which also houses the Symphony Hall
View of Birmingham from my room
The War Memorial
I have no idea what this, err, traffic light is for ......
03-14-2012, 09:05 AM #31
Finals Day .....
Now it's time to show the experience of the Finals Day. A day where an outnumbered Indonesian crowd got the better of the bigger Danish opposition.
Also a day where Lin Dan gets a hug from a another girl ....... hope Mrs Lin Dan at home doesn't get too jealous .....
Sizeable crowd at the main entrance of the NIA
Stadium was packed - better attendance records than last year. Mainly Chinese (below) and Malaysian (above) supporters.
The best seats of the house made a reappearance
Citroen DS3 shares in the limelight
These were what they were fighting for
Women's Singles winners, Li Xuerui and Wang Yihan
This Indonesian Cheerleader ........
...... spelt the downfall of Danish support
And thus the Indonesians are on top once again .......
...... and proudly hoist their trophies aloft
But the day actually belonged to the Koreans ......
..... and a generous Jung Jae Sung threw his racquet at the crowd ......
...... while Lee Yong Dae shows off his PR skills.......
...... before receiving their winners trophies.
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03-14-2012, 09:19 AM #32
Hugs and Kisses - for the Men's Singles Winner, and a Shower for Both Players
Err, not too sure about the kisses part, but the lady was surely very happy with Lin Dan's victory.
An unfortunate shoulder injury stopped the battle between the two titans before conclusion. Nonetheless, both sets of fans applauded both players for great sportsmanship and civic duty (aka at least playing one game instead of just quitting).
Here are the pictures:
The defending champion gets treatment, and finally threw the towel .....
..... and the two gladiators step onto the podium.
LCW accepts his consolation prize ......
...... while LD gets a bonus hug ......
.... before taking over the trophy
And now, for a shower!
03-14-2012, 11:14 AM #33
03-15-2012, 02:10 AM #34
Good job Abedeng. It's like you brought me to Birmingham to watch with you. It would be nice to show your pic also. :-)
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