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2016 Rio Olympic Games : Day-10 (20th August) - MS Bronze and Gold Medal Match

Discussion in 'Olympics 2016 - RIO' started by CLELY, Aug 19, 2016.

  1. Justin L

    Justin L Regular Member

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    I can only say you're being disingenuous regarding his real intentions which he revealed in his preceding statements.
     
  2. Justin L

    Justin L Regular Member

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    G2 of the LXR - Marin match wasn't one-sided. LXR was even leading before Marin caught up and went ahead to 17-16 before LXR injured herself.
     
  3. renbo

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    Yes, I agree with that, I was wrong to say that, the game was far from finished.
     
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    (LCW seemed destined not to win the Olympic gold, but at least in Rio, he prevented LD from getting his third by beating him in the semis. In a sense, LCW has taken his revenge. So LD, and his fans, cannot boast that nobody has captured 3 MS gold medals if he has won it.)

    Bad boy of badminton struts away with gold


    August 5, 2012 By Les Carpenter

    http://www.lescarpenter.net/2012/08/05/bad-boy-of-badminton-struts-away-with-gold/


    LONDON – When it was over and the gold was won, the bad boy of badminton ran around Wembley Arena. In a building that once hosted The Who and the Rolling Stones, China’s Lin Dan ripped off his shirt and made like Mick Jagger, balling the shirt in his hand and heaving it into the crowd.

    Then he raised his hands, pointed No. 1s to the roof and shouted into the roar.

    Missing were flames shooting from his fingers.

    Left on the court behind him, Malaysia‘s Lee Chong Wei lay flat. He was two points short of the gold medal his country has never won in any sport. His face glistened with tears. His lips quivered. His eyes stared at nothing.

    “Never mind, you just tried your best,” one of his coaches, Rashid Sidek, whispered in his ear.

    But the words were empty in the din that fell upon Lin. Malaysia had dumped its athletic dreams on Chong Wei. Gold was the only option. Silver was a defeat. Chong Wei knew it. So did the hundreds of Malaysian fans who quietly pulled down posters reading: “The gold mission for the whole nation” and “Do it for No. 1.” They were already shuffling out of the arena and into the afternoon.

    In a sport that has become the punchline of these Olympics, scorned for the women’s doubles players who tried to lose their matches, the emotion in the men’s singles final on Sunday was very real. Minutes after the final, both Lin and Chong Wei were weeping. One cried for joy, the other for lament. And somehow it seemed this is what the Olympics are supposed to be about.

    Lin is badminton’s best player. Chong Wei is the game’s second. They say they are good friends but they are also bitter rivals. Whenever they meet in the finals of every important badminton tournament Lin always wins. The biggest of those wins came in the 2008 Beijing Olympics when Lin beat Chong Wei in two sets, another in last year’s World Championships when Chong Wei was a point away from defeating Lin only to lose.

    “Lin is a fantastic player,” Chong Wei said, adding that he can usually beat almost every player in the world, “but it becomes an issue when I play with Lin because he is such a fantastic player.”

    They are really nothing alike.

    Chong Wei broods. He looks tormented. He walks as if he carries the burdens of his country on his slender shoulders.

    Dan preens. He became “the bad boy of badminton” years ago when stories of his flamboyant behavior began flying about. In a sport of clean-cut athletes, his arms sport tattoos: a star on one shoulder and a cross on the other. The latter, he said, represents his Christian grandmother who prays before his matches. He has tussled with opponents, once famously raising his racquet at a South Korean coach, leaving everybody to fear he was going to smash the man over the head.

    Before the Beijing Games, several Chinese journalists said they saw Lin punch his coach, Ji Xinpeng. Lin denied the punch, but it has become a part of his legacy, adding to a tale that has made him a giant in his homeland. In China, the only male athlete bigger than Lin is Yao Ming.

    Early in Sunday’s match, Lin looked overwhelmed. He waved feebly at Chong Wei’s shots, knocking several returns into the net. He mumbled to himself. He kicked at the ground. He smacked himself in the forehead. But after losing the first set 21-15, he stormed back to win the second 21-10, setting up an epic third.

    After fighting for several minutes, Lin and Chong Wei were tied at 19. Lin skipped in place. Chong Wei glared straight ahead. The Malaysian fans waved their red-and-white striped flags and chanted Chong Wei’s name. They pleaded with him. Two more points.

    He wouldn’t get them. Lin got there first. And when he did, he began his run about Wembley. He shouted. He whooped. He pumped his fists. Chong Wei finally rose from the court and sulked to his racquet bag. Lin raced over to embrace him, but it was a one-sided hug. Chong Wei’s arms dangled like spaghetti. He has suffered so much.

    Nearly three months ago he injured ligaments in his right ankle. There was a concern he wouldn’t be able to play in these Olympics. He cried when he first heard how badly he was hurt. But he made it here because of a secret training regimen that turned out to be a stem cell treatment. Still, he never seemed comfortable in London.

    When Chong Wei nearly lost his first-round match to an unknown from Finland, his coach said the pressure back home had become too much.

    “He can not lose,” Tey Seu Bock said. “He has to win.”

    Then on Sunday, Chong Wei lost to Lin again.

    They were such a contrast as they prepared to get their medals. Chong Wei stumbled onto the platform and weakly bent his head to accept his silver, ironically presented by a Malaysian official. Many of the Malaysian fans had already left the arena. There was no one to cheer Chong Wei. When Lin was called, he threw his arms out wide as if to scream, “Look at me!” He took the traditional bouquet, then snapped a salute at the rising Chinese flag. When the anthem was over, he threw his flowers into the stands. Chong Wei slumped off the medal stand.

    Later Chong Wei would say he was done chasing Olympic gold. The elusive medal will have to be somebody else’s burden now.

    Meanwhile, Lin Dan, the bad boy of badminton, basked in his gold. He sat in a press conference, as straight and confident as Chong Wei was drooped and broken.

    “Let me make a joke,” he said, explaining that when the match was 19-19, he “quietly wished Lee Chong Wei would make a mistake.”

    Lin smiled.

    “But that’s a joke,” he added.

    Sitting beside him. Lee Chong Wei didn’t laugh. On the day the bad boy of badminton won himself another gold, Chong Wei was going home with a silver. This will not be seen as a success in the country that badly wants a gold.

    Nobody understood that more than Chong Wei. He looked at his silver medal with the same disregard that his country would appraise it.

    Second again to the bad boy of badminton was the same thing as failure.
     
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    Superbly written article.
     
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    If you had bothered to review the video you can clearly see she asks at the handshake if she (LXR) is alright and LXR nods she is :rolleyes: (something already posted a long time ago)
     
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    After the russian affair, the Olympic spirit is quite beyond reach
     
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    unfortunately there are only prizes for winning but not for sportsmanship. perhaps each sport should elect a sportsman and sportswoman for the Olympics.
     
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    The recalcitrant strikes again. The moderator removed the posts in response to his earlier provocation while leaving the provocator's intact which apparently emboldened him.

    By repeatedly taking digs at Lin Dan's past as if they are unforgivable 'sins', he is indirectly poking his dirty fingers at all those who hold Lin Dan in high regard, such as the likes of
    Don't be so sure about the Russian so-called state-sponsored doping scandal,the last word has not been said yet, wait for further development. http://edesknews.com/mcclaren-refus...ainst-the-russians-at-the-request-of-the-ioc/
    McClaren refused to present evidence against the Russians at the request of the IOC
     
  10. Justin L

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    You mean the barest minimum. What happened before and after the handshake ?

    Does that mean what Tine Baun did for Sato at LOG'12 was overdoing it ?
     
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    The joy and relief at finally preventing Lin Dan from going for his third Olympic gold by LCW , just barely so, only scraped through, was so short-lived that no amount of sweetness could make for even 1/10th of the bitterness and utter disappointment at having faltered once again for the umpteenth time at the final hurdle, this time at the hands of Chen Long who denied him for the third successive year another most coveted prize.

    Hardly a consolation, cold comfort, in place of an old nemesis, LCW at the tail end of his career finds himself another new, younger and physically stronger nemesis in his prime. Cruel fate dealt yet another harsh blow on LCW whose name will be forever intertwined with THE GOAT Lin Dan and to a lesser extent The Dragon, Chen Long - as Lee CW , The Eternal Second.

    But at least LCW this time at the very moment of defeat didn't appear as devastated as the previous occasion at LOG'12 when he slumped onto the floor and sat there looking desolate, lost and confused, the face of dejection. Instead he gave us the impression of a small degree of resignation and being at peace with himself. Perhaps he was too stunned, his mind went blank, unable to react, numbed and oblivious to all around him,everything suddenly seemed so unreal, for, a week later back home, he was still haunted by it as reported in the Malaysian press.

    "Victory breeds hatred. The defeated live in pain. Happily the peaceful live, giving up victory and defeat." - Gautama Buddha
     
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    I wonder what I can reply. I want to post something SO BEAUTIFUL , SO PEACEFUL and SO PRECISE that the provocateur doesn't feel bored in this 'No mercy' game and if possible,could be overwhelmed with shame.
     
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    In terms of Sportsmanship, Sindhu did an extraordinary job. After losing to Carolina Marin in the Finals, despite being in huge disappointment , she immediately came out of it and crossed the net and hugged Marin who was on her knees celebrating her victory. And then immediately she did what nobody will do. She took Carolina Marin's racket from the court and placed near her bag in the basket. Kudos to her. She even acknowledged Marin's victory in the post match interviews. True Sports'woman'ship. Marin need to see this post.:D
     
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    If Marin's behavior is bad, Lin Dan's is not better and even much worse.

    Keep on defending LD's "immaculate" behavior will not erase his wrongdoings just as it is not possible to erase his two-time Olympic victory.
    To taunt LCW even when he was defeated by the closest of margins is not a sportsman-like behavior from an Olympic champion. Thank goodness LD is no more champion in Rio. And quite appropriately it came from the man who had suffered much in silence.
     
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    LCW will leave a memorable legacy. In future, when people come to watch LD's highlights, they would see LCW too. plus LCW has won so many SS titles that his name would be there in BWF hall of fame, not withstanding 3 consecutive olympics final (althought it all ended in defeat).

    spare a thought for the rest of the players in LD-LCW era. eg, JOJ. beside the thomas cup victory with denmark this year, he didn't win a single title outside euro-only competitions.

    *correction...he did win a couple of SS titles. sorry for the mistake.*

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan_Ø._Jørgensen
     
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    It's just a perspective issue. For some reason, people seem to look at sports people as Gods to worship. Perhaps idolatry would be a more accurate description.

    For me, I don't think Marin's or Lin Dan's behaviour is "bad". But then some people also think it's not "bad/wrong" to purposefully kill unborn humans. So what do I know hehe.
     
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    I would be happy to learn new developments, when they arrive.
    For now, M. McClaren seems to lack trust toward M. Bach. I wonder why
     
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    Well, you probably need to work on your google skills a bit :)

    JOJ has won 3 super series that I can think of, most notably th super series premier in Jakarta.
     
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    sorry, you are right. my sincere apologies here.
     

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