Taiwan’s 29-year wait for an Olympic badminton medal ended in style on Saturday night with gold in the men’s doubles. To make victory even sweeter for Taiwan’s Lee Yang and Wang Chi-lin it came over the Chinese pairing of Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen, ending China’s quest for three men’s doubles golds in row. Taiwan’s shuttlers will add at least a silver to that historic gold in Tokyo as Tai Tzu-Ying cruised past Rio 2016 silver medallist PV Sindhu of India in the women’s singles semi-final. While the Taiwanese men’s doubles pair is No 3 in the BWF world rankings, compared to the China duo’s No 6 ranking, it was the Chinese who were seeded third in Tokyo. Lee and Wang lost their opening group game, progressing on better game difference than Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, the Indian duo who beat them. “We lost our first match in the Olympics and at the time we were a little bit disappointed, thinking maybe we will come back three years later and do better,” Wang said. “But surprisingly we came all this way and became the champion. I don‘t know what to say.” The Taiwanese duo won 2-0 in the final – 21-18, 21-12 – and it could hardly have been easier for the former schoolmates. “It‘s unbelievable, we never thought we’d be on the podium, much less win a gold medal at the pinnacle of sport,” Lee said. Tai’s women’s singles final at the Musashino Forest Sports Plaza closes out Sunday’s session. She faces China’s No 1 seed Chen Yufei.