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September 5, 1998 (NEW SHUTTLENWS) - Badminton powerhouse China captured three of the five titles at stake on finals day today at the 1998 Asian Badminton Championships in Bangkok, Thailand. Korea took the other two, while Indonesia, another Asian badminton power, went home without a single championship.

Malaysia which normally provides a strong challenge in the men's singles and doubles events did not figure in the later stages of the competition. The Malaysians had kept their best players home in preparation for the upcoming Commonwealth Games scheduled for Kuala Lumpur next week.

China's 1998 Asian champions were led by Chen Gang who took the men's singles title. Chen defeated Marleve Mainaky of Indonesia in today's championship match. He took advantage of Mainaky's erratic play to win the first game 15-6. In the second set, Mainaky went on the attack and surged to an early 7-1 lead. Chen came back with three scores but Mainaky countered with two more points and was ahead 9-4 before falling victim once again to erratic play. Chen then pulled even and went on to win 15-9.

World champion Ye Zhaoying took the women's singles crown. She beat teammate Gong Zhichao 11-5 and 13-12 in an all-China final.

Ge Fei and Gu Jun added the 1998 Asian women's doubles title to their collection of championships which includes gold medals at the 1996 Olympic and the 1997 world championships. Ge and Gu defeated teammates Qin Yiyuan and Tang Hetian (Yongshu) 15-8 and 15-7 in another all-China final.

Korean players Ha Tae-kwon, Kang Kyung-jin, Kim Dong-moon and Ra Kyung-min prevented a Chinese sweep by taking the men's doubles and mixed doubles titles. Ha and Kang defeated Zhang Jun and Zhang Wei in a three-game men's doubles thriller of a final 12-15, 15-11 and 15-13, while Kim and Ra's attack and teamwork overwhelmed the makeshift pair of Sun Jun and Ge Fei in the mixed doubles championship match 15-7 and 15-8.