Former badminton world No 1 Jung passes away

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Bengaluru, March 9: South Korean's former world No.1 badminton player Jung Jae-sung, breathed his last at his residence in Seoul.

The 35-year-old had clinched bronze in the men's doubles at the 2012 London Olympics and was a winner of two All England Superseries Badminton titles.

He had also won the Korea Open three times and was a bronze-medallist twice at the Asian Games.

Jung was found dead by his wife at their home early on Friday, a Korean Badminton Association official said, adding that the cause of death was not yet known and that an autopsy would be performed on Saturday.

However, local Yonhap News quoted local police as saying Jung had been diagnosed with arrhythmia three years ago and that he had complained of chest pains at times.

There are also unconfirmed reports that Chung's death might have happened becuase of a heart attack.

At the London Games, Jung partnered Lee Yong-dae to beat Malaysian pair Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong in the bronze medal play-off match.

Jung's death was mourned across the global badminton community.

"I'm so sorry to hear this news. He was super fit as a player," Malaysia's The Star quoted Tan as saying.

Former world number one Lee Chong Wei said: "This is sad news. I offer my condolences to his wife and two children and I pray that the family will stay strong".

Many Indian players also expressed their grief at Jung's demise.

"RIP JungJaesung #Great Legend! Prayers and condolences to his family and friends ! Sad day for badminton," tweeted former women's world No.1 Saina Nehwal.

Her compatriots Parupalli Kashyap and Ajay Jayaram also offered their heartfelt condolences.

#RIPJungJaesung #Legend Loved that deadly drop shot ! Prayers and condolences to everyone who loved him ! @bwfmedia Sad day for badminton," tweeted Kashyap.

#RIPJungJaesung," tweeted Jayaram.

After the London Games, Jung had announced his retirement and had switched to coaching. He was most recently seen in Pyeongchang last month as part of the South Korean delegation for the for the Winter Olympics.

(With Agency inputs)

Story first published: Friday, March 9, 2018, 14:57 [IST]
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