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Denmark are inspired by Hoyer-Larsen


A heroic effort by Poul-Erik Hoyer-Larsen helped put Denmark into their first Thomas Cup final for 17 years in Hong Kong yesterday.

Hoyer-Larsen, the All-England champion, was trailing by one game and was 13-1 down in the second, but fought back to defeat the world No 2, Dong Jiong of China, 6-15, 18-17, 15-11.

Taking inspiration from his opening victory, the Danes then carved out a 3-2 win over the four-times winners, China. In Sunday's final, Denmark will meet the nine-times champions, Indonesia, who took an unassailable 3-0 lead over South Korea in their semi-final.

Results, Sporting Digest, page 27