Despite Datuk Lee Chong Wei getting Silver Medal in London 2012 Olympic, all the Malaysian and fans all over the world still very proud of him and supporting him!
Original Penang Kayu Nasi Kandar @ SS2 outlet, still giving out free meal plus a cordial drink.
It was not just a free meal enjoyed by the thousands Chong Wei‘s supporter who flocked to Original Penang Kayu Nasi Kandar @ SS2 but a way to celebrate national shuttler Datuk Lee Chong Wei‘s superb performance at the London 2012 Olympics during the Badminton Finals against Lin Dan!
Are you one of the supporter who queued up at Original Penang Kayu Nasi Kandar?
Fans celebrate Chong Wei’s grit with free nasi kandar meal
PETALING JAYA: It was not just a free meal enjoyed by the thousands who flocked to Original Penang Kayu Nasi Kandar but a way to celebrate national shuttler Datuk Lee Chong Wei‘s brilliant performance at the London 2012 Olympics.
The delicious dinner set, promised by owner Burhan Mohamed, was a smash hit with people queuing up around the block for the steaming nasi briyani, ayam rendang, egg and an orange cordial drink.
Burhan said he had prepared dinner for 5,000 people.
“I think Chong Wei really did his best and he is still our hero,” he said, adding that all his outlets were packed as customers watched the match on Sunday night.
Worth the wait: People waiting patiently to have dinner at the Original Penang Kayu Nasi Kandar outlet in SS2, Petaling Jaya.
Lee had lost the fight for the Olympics gold medal against China’s Lin Dan.
Although Burhan had announced last week that he would host a free dinner for fans if Lee bagged the gold, he changed his mind after being wowed by Lee’s gritty performance despite suffering an ankle injury in May.
One of those who enjoyed the complimentary meal yesterday was Wan Nurfatin Megat. The 23-year-old said she had sent numerous encouraging Twitter messages to Lee.
“I told him that he had done his best, not to be sad and that we are really proud of him. He is number one to us,” she said, praising Burhan for his decision to celebrate Lee’s silver win with the free dinner.
Choo Jian Tatt, 18, said Lee was “amazing” because despite having to take painkillers for his injury, he had still performed well.
“For a guy who is not 100% fit, to be able to go against Super Dan‘ (Lin Dan’s nickname) like that, it was amazing,” said the fan.
S. Thiru, 43, said it was an even match, adding that Lee had played “a very good game”.
“And to bring all Malaysians together for the game, that is very good,” he said.
Earlier in Kuala Lumpur, Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai commended Lee on his performance.
“He is a hero to Malaysians as he has brought the country to a higher level and we are very proud of him,” he said after launching the “Promise Me 2012” campaign by the Truly Loving Company Sdn Bhd here yesterday.
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Beijing Olympics silver medallist, 2011 World Championships runner-up, 2010 Asian Games runner-up, All-England champion twice, Commonwealth Games gold medallist.
LIN DAN 林丹
D.O.B: Oct 14, 1983
HOMETOWN: Longyan, Fujian
WORLD RANKING: 1
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Beijing Olympics gold medallist, four-time world champion, Asian Games gold medallist (individual once and team twice), Thomas Cup (five times), Sudirman Cup (four times), All-England (five times).
Dato Lee Chong Wei 拿督李宗偉 lost to Lin Dan 林丹 yet again @ London 2012 Olympic after 4 years from Beijing 2002 Olympic.
This time he was well prepared and showed better skill and fighting spirit but yet it’s so close to get the 1st ever gold for Malaysia in Olympic.
We know you tried your best and we are proud of you! You are our hero!
Went to a LIVE SCREENING PARTY organized by Samsung to watch the Olympics Badminton Finals (Dato Lee Chong Wei 拿督李宗偉 vs Lin Dan 林丹) @ Laundry Bar, The Curve.
It’s so happening and all the crowd shouting and supporting Dato Lee Chong Wei. It’s a different way of watching Live Badminton match. The environment was so good and all the crowd cheering for Dato Lee when he scored against Lin Dan! It’s way better than watching it alone at home. You will feel as if you were physically there supporting Lee Chong Wei.
I’m supporting Malaysia! Supporting Lee Chong Wei! #teammalaysia
We are a little disappointed because it’s just a few points again to get the Gold! Even you couldn’t get gold, all the Malaysian still supporting you and please don’t put the blame on yourself.
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Thank you very much, Lee Chong Wei, Thank you for being such a noble and worthy opponent, and thank you for 10 years of companionship — without Lee Chong Wei’s worthiness, there will not be any Lin Dan’s worthiness; without Lee Chong Wei’s persistence and perseverance, there will not be any progression for Lin Dan. Lee Chong Wei missed his first Gold Medal, but he didn’t fail. We felt for his cries.
Now you should look forward to your weeding with our badminton legend Wong Mew Choo 黃妙珠! Congrats and happy marriage!
Gallant Chong Wei forced to settle for silver by Lin Dan
LONDON: Datuk Lee Chong Wei’s Olympics gold medal hopes have once again been dashed by China’s Lin Dan.
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.
The 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. Lin Dan was 11-7 ahead half way through the set before racing ahead 17-8 and 19-10 before winning 21-10 in 20 minutes to force the rubber.
The decider was a nail-biting affair. Both players gave 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.
It was again very close after that with Chong Wei clawing back to lead at 14-13 before Lin Dan drew level at 15-15.
Chong Wei then went ahead 17-16 and 19-18 before the Chinese ace drew level at 19-19. But this was as far as the Malaysian would go as Lin Dan sealed victory at 21-19 in 28 minutes.
This is the second time Chong Wei has lost to Lin Dan in the clash for the Olympics gold medal. In the men’s singles final in the 2008 Beijing Games, Chong Wei lost 12-21, 8-21 to the Chinese ace.
Chong Wei said he had tried his best against Lin Dan. “I tried really hard and to come this far after two and half months of lay-off is good. I was better than when I played in Beijing or the World Championships. But it seems that I am destined to play bridesmaid again. “I am sorry for not getting the gold for Malaysia,” he said. Lin Dan said that it was a lot harder winning this time around. “A lot of sacrifice and work has gone in the last four years. And today I have achieved it. Chong Wei is a worthy opponent and I have a lot of respect for him,” he added.
PETALING JAYA: Social networks are buzzing ahead of the showdown between Datuk Lee Chong Wei and China’s Lin Dan today.
The term Don’t Let China Win’ and #DLCW, originally meant to be a play on Chong Wei’s initials by his fans for the final went viral worldwide on Twitter trends last Friday.
“Remember Datuk Lee Chong Wei. DLCW = Don’t let China Win. Go LCW!” tweeted @andytelasai. But the term caught on with some international netizens who used the DLCW abbreviation in tweets to egg on their own countries, perhaps not even knowing about the Malaysian shuttler who inspired the term.
One Californian tweeter @ericdetrin11 posted, “C’mon USA! Don’t let China win #DLCW”.
Malaysians took to other social networking sites to express their excitement and hope that Lee will bring home the country’s first-ever Olympic gold medal. User “Technically Nazz” even compared Lee to superhero Batman in the movie The Dark Knight Rises, tweeting “Lee Chong Wei vs Lin Dan is going to be like Batman vs Bane.
“Lee Chong Wei Rises this Sunday! Join the army.”
Felicia Hung said she hoped that defending champion Lin Dan would lose so she could get free ice cream.
“Please kalah (lose) Lin Dan? I want free Baskin Robbins,” she said.
Golden Scoop Sdn Bhd, Baskin-Robbins’ Malaysian partner, had announced that Malaysians would get a free scoop of ice cream at all its 61 outlets nationwide under Media Prima Bhd’s “Impian Emas Negara” initiative, should Malaysia win a gold medal during the Games.
A businessman even posted on a Facebook fanpage dedicated to Lee, offering to sponsor his “pre-wedding and wedding photography”.
While some fans were confident that Lee would bag the gold, others were just happy that he had made it into the finals.
Szi Yong Chong said Lee did not even need to win as he was already a “hero”, while Geow Linda said:”Gold or Silver, it doesn’t matter. Do your very best (and) show the world you are the BEST!”
Another user urged Lee to think of the various rewards he would gain if he won the match.
“Come on Chong Wei, think of the gold bars,” said user Tunku Acet Wa, referring to the 12.5kg gold bar worth RM2mil offered by gold mine owner and KL Racquet Club Bhd chairman Datuk Seri Andrew Kam.
The rewards are already in place with a government guarantee of monetary prizes and the private sector offering a gold bar to the first badminton player to win a gold medal.
I believe this is also one of the motivation for Datuk Lee Chong Wei to push himself and put 100% effort in every games. Besides that, he’s getting married next year and this Olympics will be his last game before retiring.
Kuala Lumpur Rackets Club (KLRC) chief Datuk Seri Andrew Kam said he would be presenting a 12.5kg gold bar worth over RM2 million to gold medal winners, to be shared by shuttlers who won gold medals at the London Olympics.
LONDON: Datuk Lee Chong Wei has ensured that Malaysia returns home with a medal after he stormed into the final of the men’s badminton singles with a convincing 21-13, 21-14 win over China’s Chen Long at the Wembley Arena.
He will meet China’s Lin Dan on Sunday. The top Chinese shuttler easily beat South Korea’s Lee Hyun Il 21-12, 21-10 in the other semi-final.
Chong Wei won the silver medal at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 when he lost in the final to Lin Dan.
Then Chong Wei was the world number one while the Chinese at number two. This time the role is reversed with the Chinese having taken over as the number one in June.
His silver in Beijing was the only medal won by Malaysia in the 2008 Games.
With the silver medal in the bag, Chong Wei said that his aim is the gold.
“I treated tonight’s match as my last and went all out. I did not want to play for the bronze.
“My performance was a surprise to me too as I was able to stay in control and the match strategy worked well.
“I want to go for the gold medal. I have nothing to lose and I do not feel there is much pressure on me. I had promised to make the final and I have delivered.
“To the Malaysians I make this promise – I will do my very best to win that gold. Nothing else matters,” he said.
Chong Wei admitted that this was his best game in London and felt that all the hard work since coming back from an ankle injury was worth it.
“I always had the thought that my Olympic dream would be dashed at any time after the injury. But it is great to be back at my best. And even then I am only 50% of my old self.
“It does not matter who I play in the final. I want to win it. Chen Long was also under pressure to stop me and that is why his game suffered a little.
“But more importantly we knew what to do and I had worked it out with my coaches,” he said.
Chong Wei was in his element in the first set as he took control of the match from the first point. He stormed to a 6-0 lead before Chen Long took a point off him.
From then on Chong Wei build on his lead and to go 11-5 and 19-10. He allowed Chen Long to take two more points off him at 19-13.
A leaping smash by Chong Wei gave him the set point. And another Chen Long blunder at the baseline gave the Malaysian first set at 21-13 in 23 minutes.
Chong Wei used his drop shot and base line to good effect and was helped by the mistakes from Chen Long
In the second set Chong Wei again started off leading and was 6-3 when the Chinese caught up with him.
Chong Wei then reeled off three points to keep his lead and soon moved to 10-7.
From then it was a game of chase as Chong Wei was forced to work hard to keep ahead of Chen Long.
Chong Wei extended his career wining record over Chen Long to 7-4 and then never looked back as he winning 28 eight minutes in 21-14.
LONDON: Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei advances to the Olympics men’s badminton finals after beating Chen Long of China.
THERE was more relief than jubilation on Lee Chong Wei’s features as he sealed a second successive final appearance in the Olympics with an emphatic 21-13, 21-14 win over China’s Chen Long at the Wembley Arena on Friday.
Cheng Long had been expected to give Chong Wei a massive test but the Malaysian, who is now one match away from becoming the first Malaysian to win Olympic gold, was just too determined for the China player.
Chong Wei and coaches Tey Seu Bock and Rashid Sidek got their tactics right and once Chong Wei took control, as had been the plan, there was to be no looking back.
“I can’t believe how well I played as I had come into the Olympics not as prepared as I would have wanted,” said Chong Wei after winning in 51minutes.
Victory was celebrated by first dropping to his knees, followed by pumped fists and then acknowledgement of the fans – the majority of who were behind Chong Wei.
“The pressure I was under was immense and I told myself that this was the final as I didn’t want to have to pysche myself up for the third-place playoff, which would have been very difficult.”
Seu Bock said Chong Wei had controlled the match exactly the way it had been planned.
“We wanted him to vary his game between fast and slow and that caught Chen Long off guard as he couldn’t cope with Chong Wei’s variations. The final is next (most probably against Lin Dan on Sunday) and Chong Wei will prepare as he did for this match, with focus and a sense of calm,” said Seu Bock.
Rashid was as vocal as Seu Bock on the sidelines and said the focus now is on getting Chong Wei to improve on his silver medal finish in Beijing 2008.
“He is a step away and we must work hard to ensure that he goes one better. I believe he can,” said Rashid, bronze medallist at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
China – Lin Dan 林丹 is now World No. 1! Malaysia – Datuk Lee Chong Wei 李宗伟 is no longer World No. 1!
Hope Datuk Lee Chong Wei 李宗伟 able to excel in Olympic without any stress now as he’s no longer World No.1 so there’s nothing to hold back and just perform as what he could to win the 1st Olympic gold for Malaysia in August @ London Olympic 2012.
Chong Wei dethroned as world No. 1 after four years
KUALA LUMPUR: It’s over. Lee Chong Wei has finally been dethroned as the world No. 1 after four years at the pinnacle.
For Chong Wei, this is yet another setback that has plagued his preparation for the London Olympic Games next month.
In the latest ranking list released by the World Badminton Federation (BWF) yesterday, China’s Lin Dan, a four-time world champion, is back in familiar territory as the world No. 1, pushing Chong Wei to the second spot.
He slipped to second spot because of his absence in international tournaments following an injury to his ankle at the Thomas Cup Finals in Wuhan recently.
He lost valuable ranking points after failing to defend his title at last week’s Indonesian Open.
The drop in the ranking, however, will not affect Chong Wei’s seeding as the top player at the Olympics as the seedings had been done earlier based on the May 3 world ranking.
The 29-year-old Chong Wei had held the No. 1 spot since Aug 21, 2008 – a week after his lopsided loss to Lin Dan in the final of the Beijing Olympic Games.
Chong Wei, still recovering from his ankle injury, is scrambling to regain his form. This has raised doubts about his chances of challenging his nemesis and defending champion Lin Dan for the gold medal at the Olympics.
Some, however, see the setbacks – injury and drop in world ranking – as a blessing in disguise, saying it would drastically reduce the pressure on him as he tries to end the country’s elusive chase for a gold medal in his third Olympic outing.
Meanwhile, there was some good news for Olympic-bound Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong when they moved up two rungs to occupy the sixth spot in the world rankings in the men’s doubles while the mixed doubles pair of Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying remained at No. 8.
Malaysia’s Datuk Lee Chong Wei 李宗伟 beats China’s Lin Dan 林丹 12-21, 21-18, and 21-14 at the Korea Open Super Series badminton championships in Seoul, South Korea yesterday to win his first title of the year. Finally!
OMG did you notice Lin Dan hair style?! So damn “Leong” lor… Haha… Would all the China men follow his hairstyle now? You wanna cut such hair style boh? Haha.
No matter where Lee Chong Wei place the shutter Lin Dan will be there before the shutter even reach the court. Reading his mind well! Lin Dan made Datuk Lee Chong Wei run like a dog yet Chong Wei still can’t return the cock well. Mistake & unforced error keep on happening.
On the other hand, the 2nd and rubber set, Datuk Lee Chong re-bounced! I thought macam Lin Dan “fong sui” one leh? Or they already discussed letting who win & how many games to play? Arggh. If it’s real I did happy for #LCW, but I think it’s not and it’s the mindset that make Chong Wei bounced back and defeat Lin Dan! Good Job! Malaysia Boleh!
See how Datuk Lee make money? It’s only 1st 8 days of the year and he made USD75k = ~MYR225k! How to make such amount of money!
Datuk Lee Chong Wei 李宗伟 is still World Number 1 & above Lin Dan 林丹!
Chong Wei downs Lin Dan to reaffirm his Olympic intentions
PETALING JAYA: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei stamped his credentials as a potential candidate to win Malaysia’s first Olympic gold medal with a scintillating victory over nemesis Lin Dan in the Korea Open yesterday.
The 29-year-old Chong Wei overcame a listless start to carve out a 12-21, 21-18, 21-14 win over four-time world champion Lin Dan of China in a physically taxing one-hour and 15-minute men’s singles final at the US$1mil tournament in Seoul.
The brilliant start to the year earned him a cool US$75,000 (RM235,875) ang pow for the upcoming Chinese New Year.
And there could be more when he goes after his eighth home title at the US$400,000 Maybank Malaysia Open, which begins on Wednesday at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil.
A rivalry unmatched: Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan on the podium after their Korean Open men’s singles final yesterday. Chong Wei won 12-21, 21-18, 21-14. — AFP
It was his second Korean Open title after having won it in 2010 and his ninth career win over Lin Dan in 27 clashes.
Yesterday’s win erased fears that Chong Wei will always be in the shadow of the Chinese star – especially after losing in the World Championships, China and Hong Kong Opens last year.
The most painful defeat came at the world meet when Chong Wei lost despite leading 20-18 in the decider in the final.
Yesterday, Chong Wei’s display showed that he has got over the disappointments.
“It is a new year and I wanted a fresh start. It is great to start the Olympic year with a title by beating my close rival Lin Dan. This is a positive sign for me ahead of the Olympic Games,” said Chong Wei in a telephone interview.
“The win is a confidence booster for me. It was a physically draining match but it was really worth it.”
It was not all that smooth sailing for Chong Wei when the opening game saw the best and also worst of him. He was doing fine – playing well at the net and taking time to open up the game – until 6-6 and then he lost the plot to allow Lin Dan to pull away for an easy 21-12 win. Not many would have put their money on Chong Wei to recover from the lopsided opening game setback but he did. He took all that was thrown at him and then executed some exquisite moves at 18-18 to romp home for victory in the second game.
Chong Wei continued to show more urgency and aggression in the decider to outfox Lin Dan and at one point, the latter was left shaking his head in disbelief over the Malaysian’s deception.
And to top his misery, Lin Dan’s game was littered with uncharacteristic mistakes and it saw the Chinese finally giving up the fight and the Korean Open crown to Chong Wei.
“The first game against Lin Dan did not go as I planned but I kept chanting in my heart that I could pull through if I stayed focused. The win in the second game gave me all the confidence that I needed to go all the way.”
“This is a great start for me and from now it is important that I keep the momentum going and stay injury-free.
“I will return home tomorrow (today) and focus on the Malaysia Open. I do not want to disappoint my fans and I will go all out to keep my unbeaten run intact on home soil.”
Both his coaches – Tey Seu Bock and Rashid Sidek – who were with him in Seoul, were delighted.
Said Rashid: “It is rare to see Lin Dan losing his focus but today he did. And this is all due to Chong Wei’s superb comeback. He did well to change and vary his game to make Lin Dan very uncomfortable today.”
Said Seu Bock: “Credit should be given to Chong Wei for the hard work he put in today. This win will be a big boost to his morale. Of course, Lin Dan and his other team-mates will come back stronger at the Malaysia Open but if there is one place where it is difficult to beat Chong Wei, it is on his home ground.
“Physically, both players have been pushed to the limit but I am confident that Chong Wei will recover in time.”
Lee Chong Wei 李宗伟 still cannot beat Lin Dan 林丹 in yesterday match but I strongly believe that in the next meet or till next year Olympic Datuk Lee Chong Wei will surely beat Lin Dan! So far Lin Dan is still stronger than Chong Wei not in terms of skill but just that Datuk Lee fear of him mentally? Hmm…
China’s superstar Lin Dan 林丹 shattered Chong Wei’s 李宗伟 dream of becoming Malaysia’s first world champion in 1 hour 22 mins men’s singles final.
Lee Chong Wei 李宗伟 lost to Lin Dan 林丹 in Badminton World Championships but it’s a close fight I must agree! Every badminton fans will surely enjoyed the game and the way the fight till the last point.
1st Game 20-22 : Won by Lee Chong Wei 李宗伟
2nd Game 21-14 : Won by Lin Dan 林丹
3rd Game 23-21 : Won by Lin Dan 林丹
Datuk Lee, you can do it! I still want to see some stunning act from you and beat Lin Dan pls!
CHINA’s Lin Dan took of his shirt to reveal his rippling musles before running around the court in sheer joy.
After lying low throughout this week, he was in the mood for celebration – especially after beating world number one Lee Chong Wei 20-22, 21-14, 23-21 in remarkable fashion.
The sensational come-from-behind win – especially after trailing 12-16 and 18-20 in the decider – saw Lin Dan winning his fourth world title, a first by a player in the world series. It was his 17th win over Chong Wei over 24 matches since they first crossed swords in 2004. It was also Lin Dan’s second win over Chong Wei this year after the victory at the US$1.2 mil South Korea Open final in Seoul.
And when asked about his victory, Lin Dan said that he wanted to quickly end the game because he did not have much time to go sight-seeing in London and had wanted to buy gifts for his wife Xie Xingfang.
The greatest: China’s Lin Dan celebrating after defeating Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei in the men’s singles final yesterday.
“The match was going too long and I wanted to just win it. Fortunately, I did not make as many mistakes as Chong Wei did towards the end,” said Lin Dan.
“This is my first visit to London and I have not had time to do some sight seeing. I want to buy clothes for my wife,” he said in a packed press conference, which drew laughter.
When asked about the way he celebrated the win yesterday, he said: “Yes, I was a bit emotional. Chong Wei played well and I have to work hard to get back into the game after the first game defeat.”
“I am glad that we (Chong Wei and I) were able to give the fans a great badminton show. I saw a lot of quality matches from men’s singles players in this world meet.
“I am a badminton ambassador and it is my responsibility to maintain the interest of the the badminton fans,” said the 28-year-old Lin Dan. When asked about his Olympic Games preparation, he said: “This win here has put me in the right track for my Olympic Games preparations for next year at the same venue. I am happy and pleased with everything that has taken place here,” he added.
IT was a magical moment at the Wembley Arena yesterday but it did not belong to Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei.
Yesterday, China’s superstar Lin Dan shattered Chong Wei’s dream of becoming Malaysia’s first world champion when he came from behind twice in the decider to troop home with a sensational 20-22, 21-14, 23-21 win in an adrenaline-pumping, one-hour-and-22 minute men’s singles final.
The 29-year-old Chong Wei had held the upper hand at 16-12 and 20-18 in the decider in the dream final of the World Championships between the two greatest men’s singles players but luck deserted him at the crucial state.
And to add misery to his agonising defeat, Chong Wei, who put up a sombre face during the victory ceremony, rushed out with cramps on both his legs and was lying in a corner with tears in his eyes.
It was truly a sad end for Chong Wei, who had been so convincing and confident in his play throughout the week, sparking a great hope for Malaysia to produce a first winner since the tournament’s inception in 1977.
Dejected: Lee Chong Wei making a call back stage after his loss to Lin Dan in the final.
On Saturday, he had reached his first final in his sixth attempt in the world meet to become only the second Malaysian after Wong Choong Hann to do so.
After a good rub-down, Chong Wei said that he was disappointed with the outcome but vowed to move forward – with his focus on next year’s Olympic Games.
“I had two chances to end the game but it did not happen for me … Lin Dan took a great gamble at the crucial stage and I was quite unlucky,” said Chong Wei.
“I gave my all. This is my best and closest match against Lin Dan. It hurts to lose by two points in this manner.
“I may have lost to him but I showed that nothing much separates us. I made some mistakes today but I will be ready for him the next time.
“I am still happy with my achievement of reaching my first final here. It has been a good season. I have reached every final since the start of this year.
“I will shift my attention to the Olympic Games. It is 11 months away and I want to better prepared.
And he gave the Malaysian fans some good news: “I may have lost the opportunity to become the country’s first champion but I am coming back. I will be back in 2013 to get it right,” added Chong Wei, who left for home yesterday.
It started with three quick easy points for Chong Wei following Lin Dan’s unusual poor service return shots.
Then, the real battle began with Chong Wei and Lin Dan trying to outfox each other with their blistering pace, punishing smashes, unbelievable netplays and incredible retrieves.
The Malaysian stayed ahead to take a 20-18 lead but Lin Dan was always dangerously snapping at his heels. Lin Dan’s brilliance at the net saw him levelling at 20-20 but a quick recovery saw the Malaysian taking the first game at 22-20.
The second game went on in the same fashion but this time, Lin Dan dictated the pace until 11-9. A brief nervy spell by a slower Chong Wei saw Lin Dan taking a 17-10 lead and eventually forcing a rubber game with a 21-14 win.
Both came back recharged and determined to outdo each other and what a fight it was.
The decider was a thriller with both displaying class and quality but it was Lin Dan who had a better finish to nick his fourth world title to emerge as the world’s greatest player.
Finally Datuk Lee Chong Wei 李宗伟 beat the Super Dan (Lin Dan 林丹)! It was awesome to see how Lee Chong Wei play in the games. Datuk Lee once again showed that he’s world no.1! Congrats! Datuk Lee won in 2 straight games 21-17, 21-17. Datuk Lee has finally overcome his fear and manage to control Lin Dan!
It’s really great and you could see that there’s tons of people mention about the great win in Twitter. You can check all the tweets that with the hashtag #LCW,#MalaysiaBoleh, #AllEngland
Some even mention that why there’s no Public Holiday? But according to our PM’s @NajibRazak Twitter there’s no Public Holiday. Lolz.
NajibRazak Mohd Najib Tun Razak
Sorry tmrw not a public holiday. We have to rejoice in Chong Wei’s victory n at the same time work hard so that we have more victories.
Check out the video footage on how Lee Chong Wei cleared the final shot to win the All England title against Lin Dan!
This time Lin Dan cannot take off his shirt and do naked hip-hop dance but it’s our Malaysia Hero Datuk Lee that dance with his jersey and kissing on Malaysia flag! I just love his attitude! Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong, please learn from your senior!
PETALING JAYA: For the first time, Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei truly felt on top of the world.
Great win: A smiling Chong Wei holds aloft the coveted All-England men’s singles trophy. — AP
Yesterday, Chong Wei showed who was the real boss on the court when he defeated his nemesis, Lin Dan of China, 21-17, 21-17 in a highly-charged 52-minute final to retain the All-England title.
It was a priceless win and an ecstatic Chong Wei slumped to his knees in sheer delight before rising to the thunderous applause of the fans at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham.
It was the first time that Chong Wei had beaten Lin Dan to win a major title and the record between the two archrivals now stands at 7-18.
With the win, too, Chong Wei reaffirmed his status as the world No. 1 and also hung on to the number one standing in the Super Series rankings.
And Chong Wei also became the first Malaysian to retain the All-England title since Eddy Choong pulled off the feat in 1956 and 1957.
But more importantly, the win yesterday showed that Chong Wei has the ability to come out of Lin Dan’s shadow and be a real challenger for the Olympic gold in London next year.
Lin Dan, gunning for a second consecutive Premier Super Series title after nailing the first in South Korea, got off to a smashing start but it was not too long before Chong Wei got into the groove.
Looking more confident and focused in his approach, Chong Wei piled up the pressure on the three-time world champion, often catching Lin Dan with his clever moves at the net and showing incredible defence to frustrate the Chinese.
They were tied at 8-8 and at one stage Lin Dan was affected by a bad line call and it allowed Chong Wei to pull away to 17-10.
Smashing finale: Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei goes down on his knees to celebrate his victory over China’s Lin Dan at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham yesterday. — AFP
But Lin Dan, who was ironically more interested in playing rallies than using his lethal attacking shots, fought back to 17-18. But that was as far as he went as Chong Wei snapped out of the spell to take the first game.
The second game was even tighter as both tried to outfox each other with their tight net shots and super fast counter attacks until they were tied at 17-17.
Instead of buckling under pressure like he used to before, a cool and composed Chong Wei romped home to take four points in a row to land himself a third title of the year after victories at the Super Series Masters Finals in Taiwan and Malaysia Open in January.
National coach Rashid Sidek hailed Chong Wei’s achievement as a big breakthrough.
“He played a superb game and was able to overcome the psychological barrier against Lin Dan,” he said in a telephone interview.
“He not only handle the challenge from Lin Dan well but he also executed excellent counter attacks to pressure Lin Dan. That to me is a big improvement.
“Today, Lin Dan was making most of the mistakes and he was unable to kill some of Chong Wei’s shots. Chong Wei, on the other hand, maintained a consistent pace.
“Chong Wei has always been criticised for winning the small tournaments. But this time, he defeated Lin Dan for a big one.”
Too disappointed… Datuk Lee Chong Wei 李宗伟 again fail to bring down Lin Dan 林丹. Lee Chong Wei lost to Lin Dan again! 13-21, 21-15, 10-21 no gold for Malaysia in Badminton.
Super Dan 超级丹 won again this time! Lin Dan beat Datuk Lee Chong Wei in style and yet Datuk Lee tried his best becoming the first Malaysian men’s singles champion in 40 years at the Asian Games but not avail.
Lin Dan salute to his fans in Guangzhou.
Lin Dan just love punching in the air and taking off his shirt to the deafening roars of the home crowd. He just love to show his sexy naked body with six-packs!
I did a live tweet for the Asian Game badminton final yesterday of Lin Dan vs Datuk Lee Chong Wei, you can see how excited the game and most importantly Lee Chong Wei tried his best and I think Lin Dan still the best badminton player in the world even Datuk Lee is world number 1 in badminton now.
Super Dan bags it all
THE world’s most celebrated men’s singles badminton player, Lin Dan of China, finally has it all.
He fitted the final piece of the jigsaw in his immaculate career winnings by nailing the elusive Asian Games title in front of his adoring fans at the Tianhe Gymnasium yesterday.
And “Super Dan” did it in super style, defeating world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei 21-13, 15-21, 21-10 in the final.
And then he celebrated the victory in the only way he knew – letting out a loud cry, punching the air repeatedly and taking off his shirt to the deafening roars of the home crowd.
And he did a little more yesterday after the usual salute. He threw his shoes and sweat-soaked shirt to the delirious crowd.
With the triumph in the Guangzhou Asiad, the 27-year-old Olympic and three-time world champion has won all the major titles on offer in world badminton.
As for Chong Wei, his losing streak against Lin Dan on China soil continued and his hopes of becoming the first Malaysian men’s singles champion in 40 years at the Asian Games went up in smoke.
Punch Gunalan won the last Malaysian gold medal in the event at the 1970 Games in Bangkok.
Chong Wei was too disappointed and distraught to turn up for the post-match media conference. Said team manager Datuk Maijol Mahap: “He is sitting at a corner. The defeat was too disappointing for him.
Please let him be, for now.”
A thrilled Lin Dan, however, took his time to answer all the questions thrown at him.
“I have reached my target.
“I have won all the major titles that a player can win. This is really a wonderful moment for me,” he said.
“Of all the titles that I have won, the 2004 Thomas Cup Finals, however, will hold a special spot for me. It was the beginning of my rise as a player. And the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games was an important one too.”
Although buoyed by his exploits, Lin Dan gave due credit to Chong Wei’s fighting spirit yesterday.
“This is my best Asian Games final. There was pressure on both of us. We played well even though it was so tough. Honestly, I was the lucky one to win.
“I give my due respect to Chong Wei. He really fought very hard today.”
Lin Dan showed he was much superior in the first game with his stronger attack taking him to an 11-6 lead.
Chong Wei came back from the game break with his brilliant deceptive shots to take three consecutive points but Lin Dan replied with a flurry of smashes to extend his lead to 15-9.
The Malaysian tried to break Lin Dan’s momentum but, in his haste, made too many mistakes to hand the game to his pumped up rival.
Chong Wei upped the tempo in the second game as Lin Dan appeared to take his foot off the pedal to allow the Malaysian to force a decider.
Lin Dan was devastating in the rubber game, leading 11-4 at the game break before romping home for the gold medal.
It was a sad day for Malaysia. We couldn’t deliver even a single point even with thousands of support and cheering from Malaysia fans in Bukit Jalil Putra Stadium indoor stadium. Dato Lee Chong Wei could not get hold of the game and Lin Dan was the one who control of the whole game.
“Today, China proved that they have a better team than ours. China’s players showcased better quality. Our players tried their best but they were simply not good enough,” said Rashid.
I think we need to brush up our players and we are just over confident and China players are still as great as the Great Wall of China and it’s unbreakable.
If Lee Chong Wei could deliver the first point in 1st Single for Malaysia against China Lin Dan, we still have hope and it will bring up the spirits of other players too! But unfortunately Chong Wei could not make it.
Lin Dan won 21-17, 21-8 to hand Chong Wei his first defeat in 19 matches with the much awaited Chong Wei-Lin Dan encounter lasting 48 minutes. The win stretched Lin Dan’s wins over Chong Wei to 14 against six defeats.
Look at Lin Dan sexy body after he won and took off his shirt, he dance in cloud nine too! He’s just too great…
Khoo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong was the hope to leave up the spirits but they fail to beat Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng they are just too good in handling in their games. Cai Yung-Yu Haifeng put China 2-0 in front in the semi-finals of the Thomas Cup when they beat the Malaysian pair of Koo Kean Keat-Tan Boon Heong 21-15, 21-10.
Thomas Cup Final will be China vs Indonesia and the interesting match will be Lin Dan vs Taufik!
THOUSANDS of cheering Malaysian fans created an electrifying atmosphere at the Putra Stadium.
But their efforts failed to lift the spirit of the Malaysian players, who succumbed to three quick blows to go down 0-3 to defending champions China in the Thomas Cup semi-finals last night.
The defeat shattered Malaysia’s dream of ending an 18-year wait to lift the Cup they last won in 1992.
Malaysia Down and out of Thomas Cup: Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei goes down on his knees after failing to return Lin Dan’s shot in the first singles last night. Chong Wei lost 17-21, 8-21. Malaysia went on to lose the semi-final 0-3.
The semi-final was an anti-climax tie for Malaysia as the top players – world No. 1s Lee Chong Wei and Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong – failed to live up to expectations.
After playing so confidently in his previous two ties, Chong Wei wilted under pressure and went down tamely 17-21, 8-21 to his nemesis Lin Dan.
Hopes were then high on Kien Keat-Boon Heong to level the tie but they too found Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng too hot too handle, going down 15-21, 10-21 in just 36 minutes.
The hopes of the nation was then on the shoulders of veteran Wong Choong Hann to save the tie but he too crumbled under the weight of expectations, going down 16-21, 7-21 in 41 minutes.
And it was all over for Malaysia.
Invincible: China’s Fu Haifeng (left) and Cai Yun celebrating after beating Malaysia’s Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong in their first doubles match on Friday night. – AP
China will take on Indonesia in the final tomorrow.
The tame defeat of skipper Chong Wei came as a surprise and the Malaysian said that Lin Dan’s aggressive display at the start of the match broke his rhythm.
“He took a 10-3 lead in the opening game and that rattled me. I lost my focus and found it hard to narrow the gap,” said Chong Wei.
It was Chong Wei’s 15th defeat to Lin Dan in 21 meetings over the last six years.
I’ve got the rhythm: China’s Lin Dan performing a break dance after beating Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei in their Thomas Cup semi-final first singles match Friday night. – Bernama
“It suddenly felt like the court was too small and I could not see any space to hit the shuttle. I was demoralised when he retrieved all my attacking shots,” said Chong Wei.
“All of a sudden I felt that my standard had dropped. Lin Dan was too good today.”
National coach Rexy Mainaky pinned high hopes on Kien Keat-Boon Heong but, instead of enjoying the home advantage, they were beaten mercilessly by the fast attacking Chinese pair.
Boon Heong admitted that “we lost to a better pair”.
“They were good in all departments today. They were fast in their attack, solid in defence and able to read our game,” said Boon Heong.
“Overall, they were more solid. Kien Keat and I tried our best but it just did not happen for us.”
Said Kien Keat: “We have lost to them in team events for four times. It is not because we are not good team players. We are but they were just too good today. We will work harder to get the better of them.”
Gracious winner: Chen Jin (left) consoling Malaysia’s Wong Choong Hann after scoring the winning point for China
After the defeats of Chong Wei and Kien Keat-Boon Heong, Malaysian fans knew the battle was all over.
As expected, Choong Hann, despite pockets of brilliance, found his younger opponent Chen Jin a tough nut to crack.
With his defeat, Malaysia’s agonising wait for the Thomas Cup which they last won in 1992, continues.
Okay, Malaysia is set to fight against China this coming Friday for the Thomas Cup Semi Finals! Stay tuned! I must say today all our Malaysia players is in much better form compared to yesterday and the 2nd double been replace with Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif / Thien How Hoon which showed better fighting spirit but their understanding of each other is not there as this was the 1st time they paired up~! Still good result and good fighting spirits!
It will be excited to watch China vs Malaysia in this Thomas Cup Semi Finals. The most awaited match will be Datuk Lee Chong Wei vs Lin Dan. Will Datuk Lee deliver our first point in this semi? Hopefully!
Koo Kien Keat & Tan Boon Heong in joy!
Jongensen [Denmark] bt Wong Choong Han [Malaysia] – Joy vs Sorrow
Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif / Hoon Thien How – They are the much better pair.
Hafiz Hashim – Hero of the night!
Thomas Cup Quarter Finals Result
Peter Hoeg Gade vs Chong Wei Lee : 17-21, 17-21 (49mins) Carsten Mogensen / Mathias Boe vs Kean Keat Koo / Boon Heong Tan : 17-21, 19-21 (41mins)
Jorgensen vs Choong Han Wong : 22-20, 16-21, 21-18 (72 mins)
Lars Paaske / Jonas Rasmussen vs Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif / Thien How Hoon : 24-26, 21-12, 21-19 (74mins) Joachim Persson vs Mohd Hafiz Hashim : 12-21, 10-21 (31mins)
Our girls lost in Uber Cup. Indonesia beat Malaysia 3-0. Wong Meow Choo did not deliver the crucial points and she apologized for her defeat. Our team could not go on to semi finals in Uber Cup.
KUALA LUMPUR (12 MAY 2010) – Muhd Hafiz Hashim, the 2003 All England champion, powered Malaysia into the Thomas Cup semi-finals with a thrilling 3-2 win over Denmark in the quarter-finals – setting off celebrations inside and outside the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil.
Hafiz was the man of the hour – just when things looked bad for the Malaysians.
The Kelantan-born 28-year-old Hafiz tamed Denmark’s Joachim Persson 21-12, 21-10 in 31 minutes.
The ‘Mexican Wave’ which have been missing for quite sometime, was done several times by the home fans – to motivate the Malaysian players and the atmosphere was electrifying.
Just when Hafiz was to begin his press conference, team captain Datuk Lee Chong Wei came up to pass his mobile phone to Hafiz.
On the line was Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) patron Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor, wife of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib TunAbdul Razak, to congratulate Hafiz on his win and for taking Malaysia into the semis.
In the semi-finals tomorrow, Malaysia will be up against defending champions China.
In the other semi-final Indonesia, 3-0 winners over India in the quarter-finals, will meet Japan who stopped Germany 3-1.
“I cannot describe my feeling in securing the winning point to keep Malaysia in the tournament and a place in the semifinals,” said Hafiz, whose big smile spoke of the jubilation in the Malaysian camp.
It was an almost similar scene as it was yesterday – with Malaysia taking a pyschological 2-0 lead over Denmark – before they allowed their opponents to claw back into the game 2-2 going into the crucial third singles.
Chong Wei started the ball rolling when he beat Denmark’s veteran Peter-Gade Christensen 21-17, 21-17 in a 49 minute thriller. Kien Keat-Boon Heong stayed for a shorter period on the court in their 21-17, 21-19 win over Carsten Mogensen-Mathias Boe. The match lasted 41 minutes.
But Denmark reduced the deficit when 21-year-old Jan O Jorgensen outlasted Malaysia’s veteran Wong Choong Hann 22-20, 16-21, 21-18 which had the crowd on their feet during the 72 minutes they were on the court.
Malaysia sprang a surprise by naming a scratch pair – pairing Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif with Hoon Thien How for the second doubles. The Malaysia started well by winning the first set 26-24 but lost the next two 12-21, 19-21 in a 74 minute match.
The score stood at 2-2 and it was left to Hafiz to deliver.
And he did it in style. Hafiz turned out to be Malaysia’s hero while Persson, Denmark’s hero in Tokyo four years ago when he beat Kwan Beng Hong for the winning point in their 3-2 win over Malaysia, was left in tears.
The ending was different from the 3-2 loss they surrendered to Japan, where instead of the gloom, there celebrations all around the stadium which was packed with nearly 10,000 spectators.
The last time Malaysia won the Cup was in 1992 in Kuala Lumpur, beating Indonesia 3-2 in the final. Malaysia were runners up in 1994, 1998 and 2002, losing Indonesia on each occasion.
“I gave my best. I could have done any much more on a night when Hafiz played really well. He deserved the win. Four years ago I beat Beng Hong to take my team into the final. But I could not repeat this tonight,” said Persson.
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