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Lee Chong Wei ousts two-time champ Lin Dan


08-20-2016 15:54 BJT

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To badminton as the marquee-match up would feature world number one, Malaysian Lee Chong Wei facing Lin Dan in the men's singles semi-final. These two had in the last two Olympic finals, with the Chinese prevailing. But the Malaysian was looking to put an end to Super Dan's reign.


China's Lin Dan competes during the men's singles badminton semifinal against Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Aug. 19, 2016. Lee Chong Wei beat Lin Dan with 2:1.(Xinhua/Wang Peng)

The pair, regarded by many as the greatest players of all time, have dominated the sport in recent years, and split the first two frames.

Lin facing match point in the third extends the match, but Lee is able to get the winning point, and progress to his third straight Olympic final -- claiming a 15-21, 21-11, 22-20 win.

The pair then exchange shirts in a sign of respect.

Lee will now play China's Chen Long who beat Danish fourth seed Viktor Axelsen to make the final.

"As many have said, this might be the last time we meet at an Olympics, I think both of us performed at our best. It is too bad about the result, but anyway that is sports. Many fans cheered me up on WeChat before the match. They enjoyed the match," said Lin Dan.

"I didn't expect to win this match. I have never beaten Lin Dan before on such a big stage, which had me kind of worried going into the match. I think we should be both proud of ourselves, and how we competed on this court today. We are both 33-years-old, and have been to four Olympics. I think it an honor for both of us," said Lee Chong Wei.

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