Lee Chong Wei Wins Gold By Beating World No.1 In His Last Ever Commonwealth Games

With this victory, Lee Chong Wei has met Malaysia's six-gold medal target at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.

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Today, 15 April, Lee Chong Wei won his third Commonwealth Games singles gold against the new top ranking male badminton player in the world, Kidambi Srikanth

Lee Chong Wei hugging Kidambi Srikanth after the final game.

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It was only on Thursday, 12 April, when 25-year-old Srikanth reached the number one spot in the world in the men's rankings, Free Malaysia Today reported.

Lee Chong Wei, who is a decade older than Srikanth, is currently ranked seventh.

No doubt motivated by Srikanth's 21-19 lead in the first game of the final, Lee Chong Wei bounced back in the second to take it 21-14. The Malaysian veteran player won the final game 21-14.

According to New Straits Timesthis win means that Lee Chong Wei maintains an unbeaten record of 13 men's singles victories in three editions.

As soon as he emerged victorious, Chong Wei collapsed on the court and covered his face with his hands in joy and disbelief.

Lee Chong Wei, who is approaching the end of his badminton career, boasts an impressive collection of trophies including five Commonwealth medals, three of which are golds, and three Olympic silver medals

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With this victory by Lee Chong Wei, Malaysia has met its six-gold medal target at the Commonwealth Games.

Chong Wei joins former international Koo Kien Keat as the most successful Malaysian athletes in the Commonwealth Games with five titles each, according to New Straits Times.

"This is one of my most memorable achievements because this will be my last Commonwealth Games"

Lee Chong Wei being crowned as the Commonwealth Games men's singles champion for the third time in his career at the Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre today.

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"I know how important this gold medal is for Malaysia. I won this for the whole Malaysian badminton team," said Lee Chong Wei.

Congratulations Lee Chong Wei, and thank you for continuing to make Malaysia proud!

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