Japans First Olympic Badminton Gold Winner Akaya Takahashi Retires

Akaya Takahashi won Japan’s first ever badminton Olympic gold with her doubles partner in Rio 2016.© AFP




Ayaka Takahashi, who won Japan’s first ever badminton Olympic gold with her doubles partner in Rio 2016, has retired conceding she no longer has the “inner fire” to compete. Takahashi and Misaki Matsutomo scored a spectacular come-from-behind win at the 2016 Olympics, scoring five straight points when down 19-16 in the final game to defeat Denmark’s Christinna Pedersen and Kamilla Rytter Juhl. But she has opted to skip the chance to defend her Olympic title…

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