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Chinese Players on Target for Five Golds

Chinese badminton players remain on course for a clean sweep of medals in the Olympics, though they are not having it all their way.

Some of the favourites from the hosts have been eliminated but such is their depth that the Chinese are still battling on all fronts.

There has been much psychological preparation for these games and one of head coach Li Yongbo's tactics has been to tell his players to expect the worse. Anything better than that is a bonus.

"The Olympics is a very different reality," Lee was quoted as saying in China Daily.

"Because the Olympics are so special, anything can happen, things that won't happen in the World Championships or other competitions.

"We are prepared for some tough matches. We plan for the worst, but play with confidence."

It didn't start off well for the Chinese at the Beijing University of Technology Gymnasium with the women's doubles defending champions Yang Wei and Zhang Jiewen were knocked out in the early rounds.

The mixed doubles pair of Gao Ling and Zheng Bo were also sent tumbling in the first round, losing to Britain's Gail Emms and Nathan Robertson.

However, there are still others who can step up. He Hanbin and Yu Yang are still in the mixed doubles while Du Jing and Yu are very much the favourites in the women's doubles, having reached the semi-finals.

Their compatriots Wei Yili and Zhang Yawen are in the other semi-final and they have a great chance of making it an all-China final.

Chai Yun and Fu Haifeng, the second seeds, are in the semi-finals of the men's doubles, China's only survivors in that event and they know they can't afford to rest.

"Anything can happen at the Olympics. We will play each match as if it were the final," said Fu, 25.

The Chinese have two players in the men's singles semi-finals, though only one can reach the final, with world number one Lin Dan taking on fourth-ranked Chen Jin, the All England champion.

And in the women's singles, all three of China's entries survive at the last four stage with top seed Xie Xingfang facing compatriot Lu Lan and defending champion Zhang Ning taking on Indonesia's Maria Kristin Yulianti.

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