Najib hails 'great' Chong Wei for 'amazing win'

Najib hails 'great' Chong Wei for 'amazing win'

Malaysia's badminton king Lee Chong Wei was pushed all the way by world No. 1 Srikanth Kidambi, but prevailed 19-21, 21-14, 21-14 to bring the curtain down on his Commonwealth Games career with a third men's singles gold medal yesterday.

Lee Chong Wei spoke of the Commonwealth Games with finality and the 2020 Olympic Games with a tentative shake of the head.

Kidambi Srikanth was touted as the heavy favourite to win the match before it commenced, and he cemented his credentials in the first set but Lee Chong Wei roared back and subjugated the Indian completely.

The Indian shuttler opened his account against the Malaysian great by registering a 21-17, 21-14 win in the men's singles rubber of the mixed team gold medal tie between the two badminton powerhouses on Monday, April 9.

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Sindhu and Saina had both won their respective semi-finals to set up a blockbuster all-Indian final in the women's singles category and a gold and a silver medal was already assured for India. Despite the silver, the Indian shuttler had several positives to take from the sporting extravaganza with his gold-winning performance against the Malaysian in the team event being the highlight.

He said he will not be back at another Commonwealths, and when asked by AFP if he would go for gold in 2020, Lee replied: "I don't know, year to year I will play first because now I'm very scared of injuries. I think mentally today I was very, very strong". Srikanth had a good start as he won the opening game. "I started well but I made too many mistakes in my defense. He just played much better".

"You really want that gold medal for your country and I'm happy I could get it for my country", she said.

Sriakanth on Thursday replaced Denamark's Viktor Axelsen to achieve the No.1 spot in the latest BWF World Rankings.

Malaysia won the women's doubles with Mei Kuan Chow and Vivian Hoo combining for a 21-12, 21-12 victory over England's Lauren Smith and Sarah Walker.

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