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boom
急成長
win
勝利、獲得する、勝つ
final
決勝、最終の
Badminton ... (BWF)
世界バドミントン連盟
in a row
連続で
podium
表彰台
event
種目
game
試合を構成する一区切り。21点先取で1ゲームを取る(後出 in straight games は全てのゲームを取って)
beat ~
~を降す
leeway
余裕
smash
強打
opponent
対戦相手
reflect on ~
~を思い返す
vigorously
勢いで
tense
緊迫した
clinch
(ここでは)獲得する
overcome
乗り越える
crown
王座

Badminton Boom   

Japanese athletes achieved historic wins at the finals of the Badminton World Federation (BWF) Badminton World Championships 2019 in Basel, Switzerland, on Aug. 25, with Momota Kento taking gold in the men's singles for the second tournament in a row, and pair Nagahara Wakana and Matsumoto Mayu doing the same in the women's doubles.

It was the first time for Japanese badminton players to successfully defend their titles at the World Championships, and for Japan to achieve its target of appearing on the podium in all five events. Besides the two gold medals, Japan won three silvers and one bronze.

Momota, 25, the world's No. 1 player, showed his strength and won all six of his matches without dropping a game. In the men's singles final, he beat Anders Antonsen, ranked ninth, 21-9, 21-3.

Even when playing for match point, Momota had a lot of leeway. Diving, he returned a smash from Antonsen into an empty section of the court and remained on the floor, confident his opponent couldn't get to it.

Reflecting on his title defense in straight games, Momota said, "Compared to last time, when I fought vigorously to win, the weight of this year's tournament, with opponents coming to challenge me, was different."

In the women's doubles, world No. 1 pair Nagahara, 23, and Matsumoto, 24, won against the No. 3 team, Japan's Fukushima Yuki, 26, and Hirota Sayaka, 25, in a tense match that saw the top two clinch gold. They dropped a game, but the final score was 21-11, 20-22, 23-21.

As winners last year, Nagahara and Matsumoto overcame pressure from teams looking to take their crown. After the final, Matsumoto said, "Last year we fought one match at a time, but this time we trained with the whole tournament in mind. There was a big difference."

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