RIO DE JANEIRO – August 19, 2016: Lee Chong Wei tonight earned a third and most likely last chance to win gold in the Olympics men’s badminton singles after defeating arch-rival, the two-time champion Lin Dan of China.
The victory was all the sweeter as Lin was the one to deny him gold at the last two games, in Beijing in 2008 and in London four years later.
It was also the Chinese player who had denied the Malaysian No. 1 the ultimate success at two World Championships and an Asian Games.
The first two sets were a game of two halves, with Lin not under much pressure to win the first 31-15, only for Lee to easily win the next 21-11.
But it was so different in the rubber.
Lee had three match points but allowed Lin to level the score at 20-20 but the Malaysian managed to regain his composure to score a personal historic win.
This could well be the last epic battle between the two and what a stage to do it. Lee is 34 while Lin is a year younger.
In the final tomorrow night Malaysian time, Lee will meet China’s Chen Long who beat Viktor Axelsen of Denmark 21-14, 21-15.