M’sians go nuts as Lee Chong Wei beat China’s Lin Dan in Olympics men’s badminton semi-final
Another insane Rio 2016 moment.
Two of badminton’s biggest names, China’s Lin Dan and Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei met for possibly the last time on Friday morning (Brazil time) at the Rio Olympics badminton semi-final men’s singles.
This was how the match ended:
The match eventually went the Malaysian’s way as Lee beat Lin 15-21, 21-11, 22-20 to book a place in the final.
The Chinese had stood in the way of Lee’s attempt for Malaysia’s first gold at the last two Olympic finals in 2008 in Beijing and again in 2012 in London.
Lin was the first man to successfully defend his title at the London Games.
However, Lee will now seek his and his country’s first Olympic gold.
Both Lee, 33 and Lin, 32, are expected to have retired by Tokyo 2020.
The two go back a long way:
And so ends the greatest rivalry in modern badminton. Thank you for showing us the sublime. pic.twitter.com/ykIurhtZ4m
— Khairy Jamaluddin (@Khairykj) August 19, 2016
The duo have one of the biggest rivalries in badminton. The Chinese came out victorous 25 times in 36 previous encounters over more than a decade before this current semi-final.
Malaysians went wild in a condominium estate as shouts and cheers rang out:
So did those at the coffee shop:
— Sumisha Naidu (@SumishaCNA) August 19, 2016
Even Prime Minister Najib Razak couldn’t keep it in:
— Mohd Najib Tun Razak (@NajibRazak) August 19, 2016