RIO OLYMPICS 2016: MALAYSIA"S LEE CHONG WEI BEATS LIN DAN TO MAKE BADMINTON FINAL

Out of all sporting rivalries, the one between Lin Dan và Lee Chong Wei has a special place in the hearts of badminton fans. The pair met 40 times with the Chinese great winning 28 of those matches while Lee had to be nội dung with only 12.

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But it"s the sheer quality of those matches & the exemplary sportsmanship shown by the two legends which made their showdowns stand out. They have contested some of the biggest badminton matches và have put up an absolutely sterling display. Lee"s counter-attack coupled with his crouch defense against Lin"s tactical play & sudden attacks made their rivalry so fascinating to watch. Both went on khổng lồ reach the pinnacle of the world rankings and cement their names in the annals of badminton history.

Lee Chong Wei bid adieu khổng lồ the badminton world in 2019 after recovering from nose cancer. Lin Dan, on the other hand, hung up his racquet this year. With both having left the scene, it is a good time to reminisce some of their best matches.

2010 Japan open final (W: Lee Chong Wei)

One of the early matches in their rivalry that finished in favor of Lee Chong Wei was the Japan xuất hiện final in 2010. By then, the two legends had already met 21 times with Lin Dan having won 15 of those matches.

In fact the Malaysian was on a three-match losing streak when he & Lin Dan squared off at the Japan open final in 2010. Both did not thảm bại a trò chơi on their way khổng lồ the summit clash which made this face-off even more interesting.

Lee Chong Wei was able to get the opening game 22-20 after a gritty fight. Never one khổng lồ bow out easily, Lin Dan stormed back to lớn take the second game 21-16 before Lee wrapped up the 22-20, 16-21, 21-17 win.

It was certainly a big test for Lee Chong Wei and he was able to lớn pass it with flying colors.

2011 BWF World Championships final (W: Lin Dan)

Buoyed by his win over Lin Dan at the 2011 All England xuất hiện final, Lee Chong Wei arrived at the London World Championships with a lot of confidence. There was still a huge gap in their rivalry with Lin Dan leading 17-8 before the start of the world event.

In fact, Lee Chong Wei was the đứng top seed and kept playing an utterly dominant brand of badminton throughout the week. Having blown away all his opponents with a display of sheer precision, the Malaysian looked the heavy favorite for the title.

Second-seeded Lin Dan, meanwhile, cruised through khổng lồ the semifinals where he faced a stiff challenge from Peter Gade. In a battle between the second và the third seeds at this prestigious tournament, Lin Dan had to lớn dig deep khổng lồ see off the indefatigable Gade 22-24, 21-7, 21-15.

Lee Chong Wei was obviously the fresher of the two in the final but that hardly mattered khổng lồ the Chinese. Having lost the opener 22-20 by a whisker, he got into the groove to lớn pocket the second game and set up a decider. In a riveting third game, Lin Dan saved multiple match points khổng lồ dash the hopes of Lee Chong Wei with a 20-22, 21-14, 23-21 victory.

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2013 BWF World Championships final (W: Lin Dan)

Yet another World Championships saw heartbreak for Lee Chong Wei. Between the 2011 All England open and the 2013 World Championships, the Malaysian ace had managed to get the better of Lin Dan only once. The southpaw had extended his lead over the Malaysian khổng lồ 22-9 by the time the world event started in 2013.

But there was still a slice of hope for the Malaysian as Lin Dan wasn"t very active on the tour since his 2012 Olympic gold win. Lee Chong Wei fought his way through to lớn the final, dropping a couple of games on the way. This was his second attempt at getting the highly-coveted world crown và he was ready lớn give his all.

Lee even took the first trò chơi against Lin Dan who hadn"t lost a trò chơi all week. Lin Dan changed his tactics since then and started engaging the Malaysian in long rallies. It worked in his favor as Lee suffered cramps towards the kết thúc of the match and had to lớn be carried off the court in a stretcher with Lin Dan winning 16-21, 21-13, 20-17 (r).

2015 china Open semifinals (W: Lee Chong Wei)

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The trung quốc Open in 2015 saw yet another chapter of the glorious Lin Dan vs Lee Chong Wei rivalry. This meeting came when both were in the twilight of their careers. Yet they managed to lớn put up a memorable show.

At this time Lee was returning from an anti-doping rule violation while Lin Dan was seeded third at this Super Series Premier tournament. After suffering three early exits, Lee Chong Wei managed khổng lồ taste success at the French Open, following which he came khổng lồ the china Open.

However, both kept struggling through the early rounds until facing each other in the semis. Lin Dan had the home support and bagged the first trò chơi 21-17. The next two games were the ultimate test of nerves for Lee Chong Wei. The Malaysian managed to lớn remain calm under pressure và pulled off the 17-21, 21-19, 21-19 marathon win.

Lee Chong Wei went on to lớn win the china Open for the very first time, thus becoming the first men"s singles exponent to lớn have captured all Super Series titles.

2016 Olympic Games semifinals (W: Lee Chong Wei)

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This was the only time Lee Chong Wei could beat Lin Dan at the Olympics where he had been dealt some of the biggest blows by his greatest rival. The Malaysian had lost two Olympic finals khổng lồ Lin Dan but this time he looked very much prepared to lớn get one back.

Both were in fine khung in the group stages as they advanced khổng lồ the knockout phase. In the quarterfinals, Lee Chong Wei was absolutely rock solid against Chou Tien Chen. Lin Dan, on the other hand, struggled khổng lồ get past India"s Kidambi Srikanth and needed three games to lớn get the job done.

In the semifinals, when the two legends met, it was once again Lin Dan who had the early momentum as he grabbed the first trò chơi 21-15. But this time in Rio, Lee Chong Wei was not to be denied.

With a breathtaking display of attack & defense, he stormed back khổng lồ get the second game 21-11. The two then got involved in a neck-to-neck battle as none looked ready lớn give the other an inch of space. After a 79-minute classic, Lee Chong Wei finally ended Lin Dan"s Olympic title defense 15-21, 21-11, 22-20.

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