Lin Dan aims for third gold in Rio

Chinese badminton star Lin Dan has revealed that he is eyeing a third gold medal at the 2016 Rio Games.

Dan, who is already a two time Olympic champion and five-time world champion, believes he can aim for another Olympic gold medal next year despite the fact that he is already 31-years-old.

Dan said: "I hope to win the third Olympic gold medal in Rio, which can show children around the world how one can realise one's dream through hard work and endeavour."

The Chinese star has eased up his playing schedule following his second Olympic singles title in the 2012 Olympics in London, playing rarely and only at bigger tournaments. This strategy saw him plummet out of the top 100 in the rankings, but following his win at the Asian games he is back up to sixth in the world.

Dan is considered to be the best badminton player in the world by many fans of the sport. His rivalry with former world number one Lee Chong Wei, which he has dominated for the most part, is legendary.