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Briton White Looks Forward to 2012

The Great Britain team failed to win a medal at the Beijing Olympics badminton competition but they are already looking ahead to four years' time when London hosts the 2012 Games.

The British team had one of their best Olympics in history, winning 19 gold medals and finishing fourth in the standings behind China, the United States and Russia.

Spurred on by their success, British officials are targeting an even bigger haul when the Games come to London.

And for badminton, they have their eye on youngster Gabby White.

The 17-year-old White has been identified as a future star in doubles. She won a mixed doubles silver medal with Chris Adcock in the world junior championships in New Zealand last year.

She is ranked number one in the British junior rankings in women's doubles and mixed doubles and fifth as a senior in mixed doubles and seventh in women's doubles.

Her women's doubles partner is Marianna Agathange-lou. The Leeds-native first represented England when she was 12.

She is a full-time athlete at the National Badminton Centre in Milton Keynes and she is expected to represent her country at the 2011 world championships and 2012 Olympic Games, by which time she hopes to be in peak condition.

While Britain look to the future, Indonesia is trying to defend the past with the country's badminton officials insisting that their recent foray at the Olympics was a successful one.

Indonesia won one gold medal in the men's doubles, continuing their record of at least one gold medal since the sport joined the Olympic fold at the 1992 Barcelona Games.

Indonesian badminton team manager Lius Pongoh was quoted by Xinhua as saying: "Since the first time, we don't fix the target. But we stick at the tradition of one gold medal which has always been achieved by shuttlers. And the tradition repeats at the Beijing Olympics from Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan (in the men's doubles)."

He also praised the organisation of the Beijing Games, saying: "We really felt at home staying in the athletes' village, and we are satisfied with the sport halls, the food provided for athletes, and everything."

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