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Badminton no.1 An says Olympic medal ‘last piece of puzzle’

June 26, 2024
An Se-Young in action in China. — AFP/file
An Se-Young in action in China. — AFP/file 

SEOUL: South Korea´s badminton world number one An Se-young said Tuesday that a medal at next month´s Paris Olympics will be the “final piece of the puzzle”.

An has nearly won it all aged just 22 -- she is the reigning world and Asian Games champion, as well as ranked number one. The only thing now missing is an Olympic medal, having gone out in the quarter-finals to eventual champion Chen Yufei at the pandemic-delayed Tokyo Games three years ago. “I think an Olympic medal is my final piece of the puzzle,” An said during a media day at the national training centre near Seoul, according to Yonhap News Agency.

“I will try to bring home a perfect puzzle. I will give this Olympics everything I have.” An heads to the French capital as favourite, but among those standing in her way is China´s Chen, the world number two and reigning champion.