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.
Went to Stadium Putra Bukit Jalil during the quarter final and semi final for Malaysia Open 2011. Quite disappointed because of Lin Dan walkover and let his team mate Chen Long quality to semi final.
It’s due to he suffered a recurrence of an old injury on his left abdominal area, but I supposed is one of the China tactic to ask Lin Dan to walkover to give way to Chen Long? Hmm just too bad can’t witness Lee Chong Wei vs Lin Dan again. It will be a great game if they were to meet up.
On friday I still can see Misbun appear as Lee Chong Wei coach. When Misbun Sidek entered into the arena, there’s thunderous applause and support from the crowds. Hope Misbun will continue to support our Malaysian players!
I’m glad that Lee Chong Wei grab the 7th Malaysia Title and hope he will continue to make Malaysia proud!
Checkout the video I posted for Lee Chong Wei vs Chen Long on Semi Finals.
Chong Wei defeats Taufik for seventh home title
Lee Chong Wei defeated Taufik Hidayat 21-8, 21-17 to win the men’s singles title in the Malaysia Open badminton championships on Sunday.
KUALA LUMPUR: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei defeated Indonesia’s Taufik Hidayat to win the men’s singles title in the Malaysia Open badminton championships on Sunday.
Chong Wei won 21-8, 21-17 in just 35 minutes to bag his seventh home Open crown and 16th BWF Super Series title.
The Malaysian was in full control in the first set and had his opponent scrambling to return shots from all corners of the court.
Chong Wei was especially deadly at the net, winning numerous points with his deft touches.
The second set started just like the first, with Chong Wei racing to a 17-7 lead. But just when it looked like a thrashing, Taufik put up a gallant fight-back to narrow the deficit to 17-15.
However, Chong Wei regained his composure and wrapped up the set and match 21-17 in 18 minutes.
Earlier, Chai Biao-Guo Zhengdong from China beat Danish pair Mads Conrad-Petersen and Jonas Rasmussen 21-16, 21-14 to claim the men’s doubles title.
Chong Wei crushes Chen Long for explosive final date with Taufik
By RAJES PAUL
IT was a fun day for shuttler Lee Chong Wei when he checked into the Malaysia Open final in ruthless fashion to keep alive the hope of becoming home champion for the seventh time.
Yesterday, the world number one crushed Chen Long of China 21-9, 21-9 in a lop-sided 39-minute semi-final match in front of vociferous home fans at the Putra Stadium.
He will play against an on-fire Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia in today’s final and based on the current form of these two players, an explosive match is on the cards.
Yesterday, Chong Wei, boosted again by the presence of his coach Misbun Sidek, who was smartly dressed in a chequered shirt, showed no mercy to Chen Long.
Turning on the style: Lee Chong Wei returning a backhand shot to China’s Chen Long during their semi-final match yesterday. Chong Wei won 21-9, 21-9.
And Chen Long, despite an extra day’s rest after enjoying a walkover from injured compatriot Lin Dan in the quarter-finals on Friday, was unable to keep up with the fiery pace.
The Malaysian never took his feet off the pedal although he had a big lead over Chen Long throughout the match.
And at one stage, he even did a little jig after saving an almost impossible deep baseline return from Chen Long and it brought out a big uproar from the delirious fans.
Chong Wei said he went into the match with the intention of crushing Chen Long’s spirit from the start. “He is China’s upcoming youngster and it is dangerous to give him room to build up his confidence. I just went all out,” said Chong Wei.
“I was very confident after taking the first game. All my strokes and counter attacks worked well for me and I just continued to enjoy myself. It felt really good.”
On his match against Taufik today, he said: “It is a familiar face but his condition seems to be better here. I will be ready. This is my homeground and I am determined to go out there and win my seventh Malaysia Open title.”
Chong Wei is the winner of the editions from 2004-2006 and 2008-2010.
Taufik, who won the 2000 Malaysia Open, is hoping to turn back the clock.
“I wish that I can go back several years. It will put me in a better position to challenge Chong Wei,” said the 30-year-old Taufik, who is one year older than the Malaysian.
“He is on top of his game as I was at one point of time. I have lost to him many times over the last two years but I beat him at the last World Championships.
“I feel good right now and I am hoping to get off to a great start this year. I will give my best against him and see what happens.”
Taufik was pleased with his superb 21-15, 21-19 win over compatriot Simon Santoso yesterday.
“I was a class above him in the opening game. I had a good lead in the second but I took it easy and Simon caught up. Fortunately, I made up for my hastiness to end the match early,” he said.
“It will be a different ball game against Chong Wei tomorrow and hopefully, I will be able to raise my game even higher,” added Taufik.
Despite the disappointment over Chen Long’s meek defeat yesterday, China can still afford a big smile. They are assured of three titles today as it will be all-China finals in the women’s singles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles events.
Single: Taufik Hidayat (Ina) bt Simon Santoso (Ina) 21-15, 21-19; Lee Chong Wei (Mas) bt Chen Long (Chn) 21-9, 21-9.
THE man in the spotlight – national coach Misbun Sidek – has chosen to delay the meeting with Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) president Datuk Seri Nadzmi Mohd Salleh.
And due to this, the BAM’s council, who will meet today, is unlikely to make any major decision.
However, according to one of the council members yesterday, they are determined to get Nadzmi to make a stand over the whole matter surrounding Misbun.
Yesterday, Nadzmi said that Misbun had sent a text message to him, saying that he would prefer to meet after the Malaysia Open, which will end today at Putra Stadium.
“He wants to stay focused on the Malaysia Open and I respect that. I will meet him after that,” said Nadzmi.
Misbun pulled a shocker when he tendered his resignation on Dec 31. However, he has been asked to re-consider his decision by the BAM exco.
Misbun has not made up his mind on his status but he has showed up to support and coach world number one Lee Chong Wei since the second day of the home competition here in Bukit Jalil.
There were high hopes that Misbun would meet Nadzmi before today’s council meeting so that the 30-member council members could be briefed on whether Misbun wished to retract his resignation letter and if he did, what are the conditions he wanted for his return.
Nadzmi said that his main objective today is to brief the council on Misbun’s decision to resign. “I want the council members to know want had happened. It is important to engage them and this is precisely why the meeting is taking place,” he said.
When asked whether any decision would be made today, Nadzmi said: “We will deliberate and discuss on Misbun’s resignation matter. But I promise that there will be an amicable decision on this matter.”
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