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Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi claimed Japan’s first-ever Olympic badminton gold medal after beating Denmark’s Christinna Pedersen and Kamilla Rytter Juhl 2-1 in Thursday’s women’s doubles final at the Rio Games.

World No. 1-ranked pair Matsutomo and Takahashi dropped the opening game 18-21 before storming back to take the second 21-9 at Riocentro Pavilion 4, setting up a tense finale that saw the world No. 6 Danish pair move two points away from the gold medal at 19-16.

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