Result: Li Xuerui wins gold in women's single badminton

Li Xuerui wins the gold medal in women's single badminton at the London Olympics.

Li Xuerui has won the gold medal in women's single badminton at the London Olympics following a thrilling victory over compatriot Wang Yihan in the final.

The 21-year-old defeated her fellow Chinese competitor by two games to one on Saturday afternoon.

Li won the first game against Wang 21-15 but lost the second by a narrow margin of 23-21.

However, Li found her rhythm back in the third and decisive game, winning it 21-17.

Meanwhile, Saina Nehwal of India won the bronze medal after being declared the winner following the withdrawal of Wang Xin with an injured knee.

Wang Xin won the first game 21-18 but strained her knee before claiming the final point. She received medical attention before claiming the game, but limped off the court with the score 1-0 in her favour in the second game.

Nehwal's medal was India's third at the London 2012 Games.

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