Japan men earn first Thomas Cup medal in 31 years

Kyodo News

The Japanese men’s badminton team finished with its first Thomas Cup bronze medal in 31 years after losing to Indonesia 3-1 in the semifinals in Kuala Lumpur on Friday.

Sho Sasaki won his singles match for Japan, but Indonesia took one singles and two doubles matches, all in straight sets, to reach the final.

Japan has also settled for bronze at the Uber Cup, the women’s side of the team competition.