The dream finals as everyone expected did not quite materialise. World’s number two badminton player, Lee Chong Wei faltered at the final hurdle of the Beijing Olympics 2008 men’s singles badminton event, falling to world number one “Super Dan” Lin of China. Malaysia’s last and only hope of gold was quickly extinguished with Chong Wei simply outclassed by the Chinese 21-12, 21-8. Chong Wei was never allowed to settle in, committing many unforced errors while Lin Dan set the pace and pounced at every opportunity. The Chinese top seed showed exactly why he is the world’s number one with a splendid display of speed and perfect court craft, catching Chong Wei off-guard throughout. Many a times, Lin Dan was simply 2 to 3 steps ahead of Chong Wei leaving the Malaysian hopeful scurrying around the court.
Chong Wei did not have any real answer to Lin Dan’s fearsome pace and buckled under pressure. It’s a sad reality check for Chong Wei although he did exceedingly well to reach the finals. A little anti-climatic to be honest, but one can only imagine the kind of pressure Chong Wei went through throughout the match. All Malaysians were behind you, Chong Wei. Still a job well done despite your loss. We’re still proud of you. Better luck next time!