Tokyo 2020: Watch as badminton star runs off court mid-match to change racket against Team GB… and WINS point

BADMINTON pair Sean Vendy and Ben Lane lost a point in their men's doubles fixture – despite one of their opponents leaving the court.

Chinese Taipei star Wang Chi-lin sprinted off court to get a new racket before returning to the action and WINNING the point.



With Chinese Taipei storming into a 1-0 lead, Team GB duo Vendy, 25, and Lane, 24, needed a strong start to the second game.

And they were handed a great opportunity to win a precious point when Chi-lin was forced to exit the court after his racket gave way.

The 26-year-old sprinted off to get his replacement but Vendy and Lane couldn't take advantage as Lee Yang held the fort.

And the new racket wasn't even needed as the Brits sent a reply crashing into the net.

Chi-lin and Yang went on to win the second game 21-14 to secure the win and all but end Team GB's hopes of a medal.

Oh he's run off to get a new one… that's extraordinary!

Although his Olympic dream is over for now, Lane has promised to give it his all in the team's final group match against India.

Lane said: "Just because we've lost the first two matches doesn't mean we're going to approach the last match in a different way.

"We want to win every match we play and see what happens."

Vendy paid tribute to their opponents, who are now aiming to win Chinese Taipei's first Olympic medal in badminton.

Vendy said: "It's the amount of pressure they put on you. They don't let you into it.

"If you're playing weak shots, you're getting punished all the time. They're world No.3 and probably for a reason."

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Lane added: "They're a tough pair to beat. We didn't really find our game today or when we played on the first day.

"It's tough to come to such a big event and not really find any rhythm in your game.

"But sometimes that's how it is, especially when you're playing the top pairs."

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