Lin Dan, the reigning Olympic champion has added another gold medal to his glittering career with a hard-fought 15-21, 21-10, 21-19 victory in today’s men’s singles final against Malaysian Lee Chong Wei, in a repeat of the final in Beijing 4 years ago.
The match lasted 79 minutes and contained some thrilling rallies as the favourite became the first man to defend an Olympic title. The Malaysian, who was number-one seed, has overcome some recent injury and personal problems in the lead-up to the tournament but secured his place in the final with a win over Chen Long, whilst Lin saw off Korean Lee Hi in his last 4 encounter.
Long did go on to win the bronze medal match before the top two seeds went head-to-head in the showdown to decide the Olympic champion, in which badminton’s all-time greatest secured another major title in an extraordinary dispectacle which saw both men play their full part.
- In the women’s final meanwhile, Li Xuerui defeated fellow Chinese player Wang Yihan to win gold. She had already enjoyed 4 tournament wins this year and placed the Olympic title next to her name with the 21-15, 21-23, 21-17 victory over her compatriot as China continues its seemingly unstoppable surge towards a gold medal cleansweep. India’s Saina Nehwal won the bronze medal match as Wang Xin retired hurt with a knee injury.