Zhao Yunlei

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Zhao Yunlei
Zhao Yunlei 2009EAG.jpg
Zhao Yunlei at the 2009 East Asian Games.
Personal information
Country  China
Born (1986-08-25) August 25, 1986 (age 31)
Yichang, China[1]
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)[2]
Weight 61 kg (134 lb)[2]
Handedness Right
Coach Chen Qiqiu
Women's & mixed doubles
Highest ranking 1 (XD) 1 (WD) (February 02, 2011)
Current ranking Retired
BWF profile
Zhao Yunlei
Traditional Chinese 趙芸蕾
Simplified Chinese 赵芸蕾

Zhao Yunlei (born August 25, 1986) is a mixed and women's doubles badminton athlete from China. She graduated with a BA from Huazhong University of Science and Technology. She is the first and only badminton player to have ever won two Gold medals in the same Olympic edition, winning in both the Mixed and Women's Doubles categories in 2012. Zhao joins the ranks with nine other players with two Olympic Gold Medals, the highest number of Gold Medals won by any badminton athlete. Through her performance at the 2014 and 2015 BWF World Championships, she became the first player to win two consecutive gold medals in two consecutive BWF World Championships.

As of the 2015 BWF World Championships, she has become the most successful player in World Championship medal count, with a total of ten medals, overtaking Gao Ling, who has a total of nine. In addition, by winning the 2015 BWF World Championships Mixed Doubles title, she and partner Zhang Nan have won three World Championship Mixed Doubles titles, the first pairing ever to have done so. By winning the Asian Games Mixed Doubles Gold Medal in 2014, Zhao completed the record of winning the Double "Grand Slam" – winning the Olympics, World Championships, Asian Games, Asia Championships, and All-England Championships in both the Mixed Doubles and Women's Doubles categories, as well as the World Mixed Team Championships (Sudirman Cup), World Women's Team Championships (Uber Cup), Asian Games Women's Team Gold Medal, and Asia Women's Team Championships.

She is regarded by many as one of the best female doubles players in the history of badminton alongside past greats, such as former teammate Gao Ling. Zhao has achieved massive overall success in both the Mixed and Women's Doubles categories, having won a total of 63 individual career titles (38 in Mixed, 25 in Women's). Among these 63 individual titles, 42 of them are Super Series titles (27 in Mixed, 15 in Women's), making her the third most successful player in terms of overall Super Series achievements, and the most-successful female player in this regard as well. After the 2016 Olympics, Zhao retired from international badminton competition.

Career[edit]

Zhao played with Tian Qing in the women's doubles and with Zhang Nan in the mixed doubles. She and Zhang Nan were the World Ranked Number One pairing in Mixed Doubles. In Women's Doubles, she and Tian Qing were World Number One's in Women's Doubles. She had been Cheng Shu's women's doubles partner before pairing with Tian Qing. She is the first and only badminton player to win two gold medals in the same Olympic edition.

2010

Zhao and Zhang won the 2010 All England Open Mixed Doubles title, being the first players and pairing to have ever won the title through beginning at the qualifying stage. Zhao and Tian won the 2010 Asian Games gold medal after vanquishing compatriots Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang 20–22, 21–15, and 21–12. Zhao also participated in China's women's team which gain a gold medal too.

2011

In January, Zhao and Zhang won the 2010 VICTOR-BWF World Super Series Finals (having held during January 2011) in Taiwan, in the Mixed Doubles category, after defeating Sudket Prapakamol and Saralee Thungthongkam of Thailand 21–17, 21–12 in the final. Zhao also reached the final in the Women's Doubles category with Cheng. Two weeks later, they triumphed at Seoul by winning the Korea Open Super Series Premier. In the final, they conquered compatriots Tao Jiaming and Tian Qing. Zhao and Tian reached the women's doubles final as well. In August, at the 2011 BWF World Championships in London, Zhao and Zhang won the Mixed Doubles title, with this being Zhao's first ever overall World Championship Gold Medal and first ever Mixed Doubles World Championship Gold Medal. She also won a silver medal in the Women's Doubles category with Tian as well. In October, Zhao Yunlei and Zhang Nan reached the Denmark Open Super Series Premier Mixed Doubles semi-final but they lost to Denmark's Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Christinna Pedersen 12–21, 21–14, and 20–22. However, Zhao and Zhao managed to reverse this, by winning against Nielsen and Pedersen in the Mixed Doubles finals at both the Hong Kong Open Super Series and China Open Super Series Premier. In December, Zhao and Zhang won the 2011 BWF World Super Series Finals Mixed Doubles title, successfully defending the title first won in January of the 2011 year.

2012

In July–August at the London Olympics, she won two gold medals for China: Mixed Doubles with Zhang Nan and Women's doubles with Tian Qing.

2013

In August at the 2013 BWF World Championships in Guangzhou, she won bronze in both the Mixed doubles with Zhang and the Women's doubles with Tian.

2014

In August at the 2014 BWF World Championships in Copenhagen, she won both the Mixed doubles with Zhang and the Women's doubles with Tian, with this being Zhao's first World Championship Women's Doubles Gold Medal. In September, Zhao and Zhang won the 2014 Asian Games Mixed Doubles title, avenging the loss from four years ago. In December, Zhao and Zhang won the 2014 BWF World Super Series Finals Mixed Doubles title. Zhao was also awarded the 2014 BWF Female Player of the Year Award.

2015

In August at the 2015 BWF World Championships in Jakarta, she successfully defended her titles in both the Mixed doubles with Zhang and the Women's doubles with Tian.

2016

In April–May, Zhao and Zhang won the 2016 Asian Championships Mixed Doubles title. In August, Zhao and Zhang won a bronze medal in Mixed Doubles at the 2016 Olympic Games. This is her third Olympic medal in addition to the two golds won four years ago.

Personal life[edit]

She was in a relationship with her mixed doubles partner, Zhang Nan. But earlier this year,[when?] she announced that they were no longer together.

Achievements[edit]

Olympic Games[edit]

Women's Doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2012 Wembley Arena, London, England China Tian Qing Japan Mizuki Fujii
Japan Reika Kakiiwa
21–10, 25–23 Gold Gold

Mixed Doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2016 Riocentro - Pavilion 4, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil China Zhang Nan China Xu Chen
China Ma Jin
21–7, 21–11 Bronze Bronze
2012 Wembley Arena, London, England China Zhang Nan China Xu Chen
China Ma Jin
21–11, 21–17 Gold Gold

BWF World Championships[edit]

Women's Doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2015 Istora Senayan, Jakarta, Indonesia China Tian Qing Denmark Christinna Pedersen
Denmark Kamilla Rytter Juhl
23–25, 21–8, 21–15 Gold Gold
2014 Ballerup Super Arena, Copenhagen, Denmark China Tian Qing China Wang Xiaoli
China Yu Yang
21–19, 21–15 Gold Gold
2013 Tianhe Sports Center, Guangzhou, China China Tian Qing South Korea Eom Hye-won
South Korea Chang Ye-na
16–21, 19–21 Bronze Bronze
2011 Wembley Arena, London, England China Tian Qing China Wang Xiaoli
China Yu Yang
20–22, 11–21 Silver Silver
2010 Stade Pierre de Coubertin, Paris, France China Cheng Shu China Ma Jin
China Wang Xiaoli
21–10, 10–21, 13–21 Bronze Bronze
2009 Gachibowli Indoor Stadium, Hyderabad, India China Cheng Shu China Zhang Yawen
China Zhao Tingting
21–17, 17–21, 16–21 Silver Silver

Mixed Doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2015 Istora Senayan, Jakarta, Indonesia China Zhang Nan China Liu Cheng
China Bao Yixin
21–17, 21–11 Gold Gold
2014 Ballerup Super Arena, Copenhagen, Denmark China Zhang Nan China Xu Chen
China Ma Jin
21–12, 21–23, 21–13 Gold Gold
2013 Tianhe Sports Center, Guangzhou, China China Zhang Nan Indonesia Tontowi Ahmad
Indonesia Liliyana Natsir
21–15, 18–21, 13–21 Bronze Bronze
2011 Wembley Arena, London, England China Zhang Nan England Chris Adcock
Scotland Imogen Bankier
21–15, 21–7 Gold Gold

Asian Games[edit]

Women's Doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2014 Gyeyang Gymnasium, Incheon, South Korea China Tian Qing Indonesia Nitya Krishinda Maheswari
Indonesia Greysia Polii
17–21, 21–19, 17–21 Bronze Bronze
2010 Tianhe Gymnasium, Guangzhou, China China Tian Qing China Wang Xiaoli
China Yu Yang
20–22, 21–15, 21–12 Gold Gold

Mixed Doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2014 Gyeyang Gymnasium, Incheon, South Korea China Zhang Nan Indonesia Tontowi Ahmad
Indonesia Liliyana Natsir
21–16, 21–14 Gold GOld
2010 Tianhe Gymnasium, Guangzhou, China China Zhang Nan South Korea Shin Baek-cheol
South Korea Lee Hyo-jung
19–21, 14–21 Silver Silver

Asian Championships[edit]

Women's Doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2012 Qingdao Sports Centre Conson Stadium, Qingdao, China China Tian Qing China Bao Yixin
China Zhong Qianxin
21–14, 21–15 Gold Gold
2011 Sichuan Gymnasium, Chengdu, China China Tian Qing China Wang Xiaoli
China Yu Yang
13–21, 10–21 Silver Silver
2007 Bandaraya Stadium, Johor Bahru, Malaysia China Cheng Shu China Yang Wei
China Zhao Tingting
10–21, 11–21 Silver Silver

Mixed Doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2016 Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium, Wuhan, China China Zhang Nan Indonesia Tontowi Ahmad
Indonesia Liliyana Natsir
16–21, 21–9, 21–17 Gold Gold
2013 Taipei Arena, Taipei, Chinese Taipei China Zhang Nan South Korea Ko Sung-hyun
South Korea Kim Ha-na
20–22, 17–21 Silver Silver
2012 Qingdao Sports Centre Conson Stadium, Qingdao, China China Zhang Nan China Xu Chen
China Ma Jin
21–13, 21–12 Gold Gold
2011 Sichuan Gymnasium, Chengdu, China China Zhang Nan China Xu Chen
China Ma Jin
15–21, 21–15, 25–23 Gold Gold

Asian Junior Championships[edit]

Girls' Doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2004 Hwacheon Indoor Stadium, Hwacheon, South Korea China Ding Jiao China Feng Chen
China Pan Pan
5–15, 15–8, 15–12 Gold Gold

BWF Superseries[edit]

The BWF Superseries has two level such as Superseries and Superseries Premier. A season of Superseries features twelve tournaments around the world, which introduced since 2011, with successful players invited to the Superseries Finals held at the year end.

Women's Doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2015 Hong Kong Open China Tian Qing China Tang Yuanting
China Yu Yang
21–15, 21–12 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2015 Denmark Open China Tian Qing South Korea Jung Kyung-eun
South Korea Shin Seung-chan
Walkover 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2015 Japan Open China Zhong Qianxin Denmark Christinna Pedersen
Denmark Kamilla Rytter Juhl
21–12, 21–16 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2014 Dubai World Superseries Finals China Tian Qing Japan Misaki Matsutomo
Japan Ayaka Takahashi
17–21, 14–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2014 Hong Kong Open China Tian Qing Japan Misaki Matsutomo
Japan Ayaka Takahashi
21–13, 21–13 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2014 China Open China Tian Qing China Wang Xiaoli
China Yu Yang
16–21, 21–19, 20–22 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2014 Australian Open China Tian Qing Japan Misaki Matsutomo
Japan Ayaka Takahashi
21–15, 21–9 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2014 Indonesia Open China Tian Qing China Ma Jin
China Tang Yuanting
Walkover 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2013 French Open China Tian Qing China Bao Yixin
China Tang Jinhua
13–21, 17–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2013 Singapore Open China Tian Qing Japan Misaki Matsutomo
Japan Ayaka Takahashi
21–19, 21–16 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2013 All England Open China Cheng Shu China Wang Xiaoli
China Yu Yang
18–21, 10–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2012 Hong Kong Open China Tian Qing China Wang Xiaoli
China Yu Yang
22–20, 14–21, 21–17 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2012 Indonesia Open China Tian Qing China Wang Xiaoli
China Yu Yang
21–17, 9–21, 16–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2012 All England Open China Tian Qing China Wang Xiaoli
China Yu Yang
21–17, 21–12 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2012 Korea Open China Tian Qing South Korea Ha Jung-eun
South Korea Kim Min-jung
21–18, 21–13 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2011 Hong Kong Open China Tian Qing China Wang Xiaoli
China Yu Yang
12–21, 2–14 Retired 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2011 French Open China Tian Qing China Wang Xiaoli
China Yu Yang
24–26, 15–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2011 Denmark Open China Tian Qing China Wang Xiaoli
China Yu Yang
20–22, 16–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2011 Singapore Open China Tian Qing South Korea Ha Jung-eun
South Korea Kim Min-jung
21–13, 21–16 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2011 Korea Open China Tian Qing China Wang Xiaoli
China Yu Yang
18–21, 21–19, 4–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2011 Malaysia Open China Tian Qing China Wang Xiaoli
China Yu Yang
21–12, 6–21, 21–17 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2010 World Superseries Finals China Cheng Shu China Wang Xiaoli
China Yu Yang
7–21, 17–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2010 China Open China Cheng Shu China Ma Jin
China Zhong Qianxin
Walkover 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2010 Japan Open China Cheng Shu China Wang Xiaoli
China Yu Yang
17–21, 6–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2010 All England Open China Cheng Shu China Du Jing
China Yu Yang
22–20, 16–21, 13–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2010 Korea Open China Cheng Shu Japan Mizuki Fujii
Japan Reika Kakiiwa
21–16, 21–15 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2009 French Open China Cheng Shu China Ma Jin
China Wang Xiaoli
13–21, 8–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2009 China Masters China Cheng Shu China Du Jing
China Yu Yang
15–21, 15–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2009 Indonesia Open China Cheng Shu Malaysia Chin Eei Hui
Malaysia Wong Pei Tty
16–21, 16–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2009 All England Open China Cheng Shu China Zhang Yawen
China Zhao Tingting
13–21, 15–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2008 Hong Kong Open China Cheng Shu China Zhang Yawen
China Zhao Tingting
14–21, 13–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2008 China Masters China Cheng Shu Macau Zhang Dan
Macau Zhang Zhibo
21–14, 21–11 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2008 Japan Open China Cheng Shu Malaysia Chin Eei Hui
Malaysia Wong Pei Tty
21–19, 5–21, 21–18 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner

Mixed Doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2015 Hong Kong Open China Zhang Nan China Liu Cheng
China Bao Yixin
21–17, 17–21, 21–17 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2015 China Open China Zhang Nan Denmark Joachim Fischer Nielsen
Denmark Christinna Pedersen
21–19, 17–21, 21–19 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2015 Korea Open China Zhang Nan Indonesia Tontowi Ahmad
Indonesia Liliyana Natsir
21–16, 21–15 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2015 Japan Open China Zhang Nan Denmark Joachim Fischer Nielsen
Denmark Christinna Pedersen
21–17, 18–21, 21–23 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2015 Indonesia Open China Zhang Nan China Xu Chen
China Ma Jin
17–21, 16–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2015 Singapore Open China Zhang Nan China Lu Kai
China Huang Yaqiong
Walkover 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2015 Malaysia Open China Zhang Nan China Xu Chen
China Ma Jin
21–16, 21–14 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2015 All England Open China Zhang Nan Indonesia Tontowi Ahmad
Indonesia Liliyana Natsir
21–10, 21–10 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2014 Dubai World Superseries Finals China Zhang Nan China Liu Cheng
China Bao Yixin
21–15, 21–12 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2014 Hong Kong Open China Zhang Nan China Xu Chen
China Ma Jin
21–14, 21–19 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2014 China Open China Zhang Nan South Korea Yoo Yeon-seong
South Korea Eom Hye-won
23–25, 21–14, 21–18 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2014 Japan Open China Zhang Nan Germany Michael Fuchs
Germany Birgit Michels
21–12, 21–16 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2014 All England Open China Zhang Nan Indonesia Tontowi Ahmad
Indonesia Liliyana Natsir
13–21, 17–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2014 Korea Open China Zhang Nan China Xu Chen
China Ma Jin
21–18, 21–18 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2013 World Superseries Finals China Zhang Nan Denmark Joachim Fischer Nielsen
Denmark Christinna Pedersen
21–12, 19–21, 10–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2013 French Open China Zhang Nan China Xu Chen
China Ma Jin
28–26, 21–18 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2013 Denmark Open China Zhang Nan Indonesia Tontowi Ahmad
Indonesia Liliyana Natsir
21–11, 22–20 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2013 Japan Open China Zhang Nan China Xu Chen
China Ma Jin
Walkover 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2013 China Masters China Zhang Nan South Korea Yoo Yeon-seong
South Korea Eom Hye-won
21–18, 21–12 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2013 Indonesia Open China Zhang Nan Denmark Joachim Fischer Nielsen
Denmark Christinna Pedersen
24–22, 20–22, 21–12 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2013 All England Open China Zhang Nan Indonesia Tontowi Ahmad
Indonesia Liliyana Natsir
13–21, 17–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2013 Korea Open China Zhang Nan China Xu Chen
China Ma Jin
13–21, –16, 21–13 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2012 World Superseries Finals China Zhang Nan Denmark Joachim Fischer Nielsen
Denmark Christinna Pedersen
21–17, 12–21, 14–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2012 Hong Kong Open China Zhang Nan China Xu Chen
China Ma Jin
21–17, 21–17 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2012 Malaysia Open China Zhang Nan China Xu Chen
China Ma Jin
21–12, 21–9 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2011 World Superseries Finals China Zhang Nan China Xu Chen
China Ma Jin
21–13, 21–15 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2011 China Open China Zhang Nan Denmark Joachim Fischer Nielsen
Denmark Christinna Pedersen
21–11, 21–14 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2011 Hong Kong Open China Zhang Nan Denmark Joachim Fischer Nielsen
Denmark Christinna Pedersen
15–21, 21–17, 21–17 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2011 Indonesia Open China Zhang Nan Indonesia Tontowi Ahmad
Indonesia Liliyana Natsir
20–22, 21–14, 21–9 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2011 Korea Open China Zhang Nan China Tao Jiaming
China Tian Qing
21–17, 13–21, 21–19 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2010 World Superseries Finals China Zhang Nan Thailand Sudket Prapakamol
Thailand Saralee Thungthongkam
21–17, 21–12 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2010 Hong Kong Open China Zhang Nan Denmark Joachim Fischer Nielsen
Denmark Christinna Pedersen
20–22, 21–14, 20–22 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2010 China Open China Zhang Nan China Tao Jiaming
China Tian Qing
18–21, 17–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2010 Japan Open China Zhang Nan China Tao Jiaming
China Tian Qing
21–19, 22–20 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2010 All England Open China Zhang Nan Indonesia Nova Widianto
Indonesia Lilyana Natsir
21–18, 23–25, 21–18 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2008 China Open China Xu Chen South Korea Lee Yong-dae
South Korea Lee Hyo-jung
16–21, 15–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
     Superseries Finals Tournament
     Superseries Premier Tournament
     Superseries Tournament

BWF Grand Prix[edit]

The BWF Grand Prix has two levels, the Grand Prix Gold and Grand Prix. It is a series of badminton tournaments, sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) since 2007.

Women's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2016 Thailand Masters China Tian Qing China Tang Yuanting
China Yu Yang
11–21, 21–12, 23–21 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2011 Thailand Open China Tian Qing China Cheng Shu
China Bao Yixin
21–7, 21–8 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2010 German Open China Cheng Shu China Ma Jin
China Wang Xiaoli
22–24, 15–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2009 German Open China Cheng Shu China Pan Pan
China Tian Qing
18–21, 21–13, 21–16 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2008 Macau Open China Cheng Shu China Ma Jin
China Wang Xiaoli
21–15, 21–18 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner

Mixed Doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2010 Bitburger Open China Zhang Nan Germany Michael Fuchs
Germany Birgit Overzier
22–20, 21–9 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2009 Malaysia Masters China Xu Chen China Zheng Bo
China Ma Jin
5–5 Retired 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2009 German Open China Xu Chen China Zheng Bo
China Ma Jin
21–18, 23–21 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2008 Macau Open China Xu Chen Hong Kong Yohan Hadikusumo Wiratama
Hong Kong Chau Hoi Wah
21–15, 21–16 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
     Grand Prix Gold Tournament
     Grand Prix Tournament

BWF International Challenge/Series[edit]

Women's Doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2007 Austrian International China Cheng Shu China Pan Pan
China Tian Qing
21–18, 21–13 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
     BWF International Challenge tournament
     BWF International Series tournament

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Zhao Yunlei won 2 Olympic Gold Medals in London". en.hubei.gov.cn. Retrieved 13 February 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Zhao Yunlei. sports-reference.com

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