Malaysian shuttler Lee Chong Wei has expressed his delight after he defeated arch-rival Lin Dan of China 15-21, 21-11, 22-20 in the semi-finals of the men’s singles event at the Olympics on Friday.
Chong Wei had previously lost to Dan in the final of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and 2012 Olympics in London and is now one step away from capturing the gold medal that has eluded him for years.
After losing the first game and finding himself in a spot of bother, Chong Wei admitted that he was thrilled to have bounced back and defeated the Chinese maestro.
“I’m very happy with my performance. I didn’t expect it. In fact, I didn’t expect to come to these Olympics (after the eight-month doping ban in August, 2014) as the world No. 1,” he told reporters. “I was 182nd when I returned. To qualify, I didn’t think would be a problem, but to get a seeding would be difficult.
“Without a seeding, I would meet the top players early. Not that I cannot win, but with a seeding the path would be easier.”
When he was leading 20-17 in the third and final game, Chong Wei was determined not to give the game away and fall to Dan for the third time in the Olympics.
“I said ‘don’t let whatever happened in London happen here’,” he said. “At 20-20, I didn’t want to think of anything … just try my best and let God decide.”