Lee Chong Wei fought hard for 79 minutes, but was unable to prevent Lin Dan of China to grab the gold medal he craved for Malaysia.
The Malaysian ace put up a brave fight but lost 21-15, 10-21, 19-21 to his arch nemesis in the men’s singles badminton final of the London Olympics at the Wembley Arena here on Sunday.
Tne first set was a close contest with neither player being able to pull ahead, with the score at 3-2, 5-5, and 9-8 before Chong Wei went into the first set breather 11-8 ahead.
The Malaysian then led 13-10, 16-11, and pulled ahead 19-13. Lin Dan, however, was not about to give in. He narrowed the score to 19-15 before Chong Wei sealed the set 21-15 in 26 minutes.
Chong Wei, however, was always on the back foot in the second set as Lin Dan sealed the set 21-10 in 20 minutes to force the rubber.
The decider was a nail-biting affair with both players giving it their all and the score line showed how evenly matched they were. Both were tied at 3-3, 5-5, 8-8 and 9-9 before Lin Dan went ahead 11-9 after 14 minutes.
Chong Wei drew level at 19-19 but Lin Dan made no mistake to seal it at 21-19 in 28 minutes.
To honour Lee Chong Wei’s great effort to deliver Malaysia’s very first gold, we are hoping you join us at Sarawak Bloggers to tweet #ThankYouChongWei. He did his best, and he should know that as Malaysians, we are proud of him regardless of the results.