Mon, November 24, 2008
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Veteran Olympic and world badminton champions retire

2008-11-24 06:32:57 GMT2008-11-24 14:32:57 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

A combo photo shows a ceremony marking the retirement of six badminton players from the national team on the sidelines of the China Open badminton event in Shanghai, November 23, 2008. (Bottom from left) Two-time Olympic champion Zhang Ning, two-time Olympic mixed doubles champion Gao Ling, Olympic doubles champions Yang Wei and Zhang Jiewen, world champions Wei Yili and Chen Yu. Above are Zhang Ning, Gao Ling, Yang Wei and Zhang Jiewen. [Xinhua]

China's two-time Olympic champion Zhang Ning wipes tears from her face during a ceremony in honor of her retirement with five other teammates from the national badminton team on the sidelines of the China Open badminton event in Shanghai, November 23, 2008. The 33-year-old veteran, who won gold in Athens and Beijing, has become the coach of the national women's team. [Xinhua]

China's two-time Olympic champion Zhang Ning (L) embraces head coach Li Yongbo as she receives an award during a ceremony to mark her retirement with five other teammates from the national badminton team on the sidelines of the China Open badminton event in Shanghai, November 23, 2008. The 33-year-old veteran, who won gold in Athens and Beijing, has become the coach of the national women's team. [Xinhua]

China's Olympic doubles champions Yang Wei (L) and Zhang Jiewen pose with their awards during a ceremony to mark their retirement with four other teammates from the national badminton team on the sidelines of the China Open badminton event in Shanghai, November 23, 2008. [Xinhua]

China's two-time Olympic mixed doubles champion Gao Ling poses with her award during a ceremony to mark her retirement with five other teammates from the national badminton team on the sidelines of the China Open badminton event in Shanghai, November 23, 2008. [Xinhua]

A combo photo shows a ceremony marking the retirement of six badminton players from the national team on the sidelines of the China Open badminton event in Shanghai, November 23, 2008. (Bottom from left) Two-time Olympic champion Zhang Ning, two-time Olympic mixed doubles champion Gao Ling, Olympic doubles champions Yang Wei and Zhang Jiewen, world champions Wei Yili and Chen Yu. Above are Zhang Ning, Gao Ling, Yang Wei and Zhang Jiewen.

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