National badminton hero, Lee Chong Wei clinched a hard fought victory against his arch rival Lin Dan in a thrilling semi-final match today, 19 August
The world number one scored a (15-21, 21-11, 22-20) victory in the highly-anticipated clash in the Riocentro, Pavillion 4.
Despite Lin Dan's fast and aggressive style, the 33-year-old Penangite was able to hold his own and played brilliantly
In an epic semi-final showdown in Rio de Janeiro, a determined Lee Chong Wei fought back after losing the first set to Lin Dan. Lee Chong Wei made a strong comeback in the second set, winning it with a strong score of 21-11.
While Lin Dan tried to step up his game in the final set, Lee Chong showed utter grit.
The game was so close that it went into a deuce, requiring a player to gain two continuous points, as both Lee and Lin Dan were at 20 points, reported Malaysiakini.
With the victory, Dato' Lee Chong Wei has secured at least a silver medal for Malaysia.
This was the third encounter for Chong Wei and Lin Dan in the Olympics, having previously met at the men's finals of the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympics.
Words can't describe the magnitude of this monumental matchup between Chong Wei and Lin Dan as the former is seeking his elusive Olympic gold medal
The duo have met in the last two Olympic finals, with Lin Dan securing the gold and Chong Wei coming in at second place. In fact, Lin dominates their head-to-head record, 25 matches to 11, and those 25 include the World Championships, Asian Games finals, and the two Olympic finals.
Chong Wei will be facing either Viktor Axelsen of Denmark or China's Chen Long this Saturday, 20 August at 8.20pm local time
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