Golden nuggets

Korea Archery Men's team

Gold lost, Bronze won

They had the Games' first world record through visually impaired archer Im Dong-hyun, whose muscle memory they say, could help him win even blind-fold. The South Korean archery teams equate dominance, with their inscrutable faces, scrunching eyes and fancy equipment, and would be tipped to win gold, uncaring if it was won at cricket's Lord's or Edgbaston. Bidding Lord's goodbye after the Indian archers implosion though, we moved on, presuming Korea would sweep it all. Except, Mauro Nespoli - who is coached by a paralympian archer emerged the gold medal hero, helping Italy win the men's team event, with a last shot of 10. In fact, it was the US who dumped out the Koreans in the semis, taking silver, with the pre-Olympic favourites settling for bronze. The Korean contingent though, picked 13 gold, coming fifth on the medals tally, surprising even themselves.

China Men's Singles badminton

Gold won, Games lost?

You've got to give it to Lee Chong Wei - turning up final after final of big events - against Lin Dan, and finishing with silver. Not even a first-game lead could upturn anything this time, though Chong Wei had done well to make it this far after twisting an ankle. The left-handed smasher toyed with the Malaysian in the second and went onto win his second straight gold. But badminton reeled under the Games' biggest controversy with four women's pairs suspended for trying to lose - in one ridiculous case, both teams on the court. China still went on to claim the gold, but badminton might not be a shoo in at Rio, and faces a real threat of being dropped from the Games. China, however, missed the top slot to the USA (46-38 gold).

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