DANISH NATIONALS: HOYER BEATS TIRED WORLD CHAMPION
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February 1, 1998 (NEW SHUTTLENWS) - The 32-year old Poul-Erik Hoyer-Larsen,
winner of the badminton men's singles Olympic gold medal in 1996, today
recaptured the national championship of Denmark by defeating world champion
and 1997 Danish titleholder Peter Rasmussen 15-4 and 15-9 in the finals of
the tournament held at the Vijen Indraetscentre.
Hoyer had a relatively easy victory over the 23-year old Rasmussen, leading
throughout both games by large margins. In the second set, Hoyer had a
commanding 13-2 advantage before Rasmussen fought back with seven points to
post a more respectable score.
Rasmussen seemed tired and sluggish today and did not have his usual power
and movement around the court. He had played a marathon match in his semifinal
against world number one Peter Gade Christensen on Saturday, with all three
games going into setting before he was able to defeat Gade 16-18, 17-16 and
In women's singles, Camilla Martin retained her crown, defeating Mette
Pedersen 11-2 and 11-8. Men's doubles defending champions Michael Sogaard and
Jon Holst-Christensen also kept their title with a 15-5, 12-15 and 15-7 win
over Jens Eriksen and Jesper Larsen.
In the women's doubles final, the new combination of Marlene Thomsen and
Rikke Olsen, both top-rated players with former partners Helene Kirkegaard
(Olsen's) and Lisbet Stuer-Lauridsen (Thomsen's), defeated Ann Jorgensen and
Majken Vange 15-11 and 15-10, while in mixed doubles, Michael Sogaard and
Rikke Olsen beat Jon Holst-Christensen and Ann Jorgensen 15-2 and 15-5.
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