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01-05-2013, 12:16 PM #1
The Four Heavenly Kings
Come across this Chinese article about the Four Heavenly Kings http://sports.qq.com/a/20130103/000494.htm
Instead of translating the whole article, I will just highlight the statistical comparison(only BWF-sanctioned events):
世界排名第一周数WR No.1 in weeks：
Lee Chong Wei盖德
Peter Gade244周无Nil（最高排名第Highest rank 2）213周62周
世界冠军数World Championship(Team & Individual) stats：
Lee Chong Wei盖德
羽联大奖赛冠军数BWF Big Title stats：
Lee Chong Wei盖德
2003年：中国CHN Open、丹麦DEN Open、香港公开赛HK Open冠军
2004年：全英公开赛All ENG冠军；德国GER Open、中国CHN Open、瑞士Swiss Open、丹麦公开赛DEN Open冠军
2005年：中国大师赛CHN Masters冠军；日本JPN Open、香港HK Open、德国GER Open公开赛冠军
2006年：全英公开赛All ENG Open冠军；日本JPN Open、香港HK Open、澳门Macau Open、中华台北Chinese Taipei Open冠军
2007年：全英公开赛All ENG冠军；韩国超级赛KOR Open 冠军（世界羽联第一个超级赛The first BWF Superseries男单冠军）、德国黄金大奖赛GER GPG冠军（世界羽联第一个黄金大奖赛The first BWF GPG男单冠军）、丹麦超级赛DEN PSS冠军、中国大师赛CHN Masters冠军、中国香港超级赛HK SS冠军
2008年：中国超级赛CHN Open SS冠军、瑞士超级赛Swiss Open GPG冠军、泰国黄金大奖赛Thai Open GPG冠军、
2009年：全英赛超级赛All ENG SS冠军、中国超级赛CHN Open SS、中国大师赛CHN Masters、法国超级赛French Open SS冠军
2010年：亚锦赛Asia C'ship冠军、广州亚运会Asian Games冠军、中国大师赛CHN Masters冠军
2011年：总决赛SuperSeries Finals冠军；韩国顶级赛KOR Open PSS冠军（世界羽联第一个顶级赛The first PSS男单冠军）、德国黄金大奖赛GER Open GPG、中国顶级赛CHN Open PSS、香港超级赛HK Open SS、亚锦赛Asia C'ship冠军
2012年：全英顶级赛All ENG PSS冠军、德国黄金大奖赛GER Open GPG冠军、11个
2002年：中华台北公开赛Chinese Taipei Open 、印度尼西亚公开赛INA Open冠军
2004年：马来西亚公开赛MAS Open、中华台北公开赛Chinese Taipei Open冠军
2005年：丹麦公开赛DEN Open、马来西亚公开赛MAS Open冠军
2006年：瑞士公开赛Swiss Open、马来西亚公开赛MAS Open冠军
2007年：日本公开赛JPN Open、印尼公开赛INA Open、菲律宾公开赛PHI Open、法国公开赛French Open冠军
2008年：马来西亚公开赛MAS Open、新加坡公开赛SG Open、总决赛SSF冠军
2009年：马来西亚公开赛MAS Open、瑞士公开赛Swiss Open、香港公开赛HK Open、总决赛SSF冠军
2010年：韩国公开赛KOR Open、马来西亚公开赛MAS Open、全英公开赛All ENG Open、印尼超级赛INA Open SS、马来西亚黄金大奖赛MAS Open、印尼超级赛INA Open SS、马来西亚黄金大奖赛MAS GPG、中国香港超级赛HK Open SS、总决赛SSF冠军
2011年：全英公开赛All ENG OPen、印度公开赛IND Open、马来西亚黄金赛MAS GPG、印尼超级赛INA Open SS、法国超级赛French Open SS冠军
2012年：韩国公开赛KOR Open冠军、日本超级赛JPN Open SS冠军
(Editor's note: LCW's tally should include the DEN Open PSS to make his total 35 titles for 2012. However,the INA Open SS was mentioned twice, possibly an error; in that case 34 titles may be correct)8个
2002年：美国公开赛US Open、哥本哈根大师赛Copenhagen Masters冠军
2004年： 哥本哈根大师赛Copenhagen Masters
2005年：韩国公开赛KOR Open、哥本哈根大师赛Copenhagen Masters
2006年：新加坡公开赛SG Open、 哥本哈根大师赛Copenhagen Masters
四大天王之间交手记录Four Heavenly Kings H2H records：
Lee Chong Wei盖德
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01-05-2013, 12:42 PM #2
Chong Wei is my Idol.. but for sure,, Lin Dan is the True Legend..
01-05-2013, 12:56 PM #3
A couple of surprising facts to me:
1) Lin Dan was ranked WR#1 for 244 weeks (not consecutively), more than Lee CW's 213 (not sure when is the writer's cut-off date but the article above was dated 3rd Jan 2013)?
2) Taufik's highest rank was #2, never ranked 1 before?
3) for Peter, the writer included the Copenhagen Masters in his BWF title count - I thought it was already a closed invitational tournament since 2002 (?).
As we know Peter has just retired after 27th Dec 2012's Farewell Match. The article revealed that Taufik has announced his intention to retire when his career spans 13 years and 6 months in the international circuit, which I suppose coincides with the INA Open, his last tournament, this coming June.
01-05-2013, 01:02 PM #4
Another thing, remember Lin Dan wore a T-shirt bearing the number 17 in Peter Gade's Farewell Match - it refers to the 17 World Championship Titles both team and individual he's garnered so far; that explains it.
01-05-2013, 08:08 PM #5
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01-05-2013, 09:18 PM #7
Even my 3 years old boy will shout whenever he is playing "badminton" - I AM LIN DAN, you are LCW !!
01-06-2013, 12:14 AM #8
01-06-2013, 02:46 AM #9
As we know, the Four Heavenly Kings are not equal, Lin Dan being first and foremost, the dominant one, overshadowing the rest. The ones who "suffer" the most being Lee CW and Peter. Taufik is luckier for having won a couple of major titles at the beginning of Lin Dan's rise.
Lee CW has to play second fiddle to Lin Dan almost all the time. Unlike other second fiddles that I know of in history, say Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna in F1 racing, Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger in the entertainment industry, Karpov and Kasparov in chess, for example, where honours,glories and accolades are shared though not evenly - Lee CW's case is too one-sided and unfortunate where he is more like Salieri(minus the animosity) to Mozart; virtually everyone today knows who Mozart is but few seems to have heard of Salieri despite their great rivalry.
A few others who might deserve more than what they'd achieved if they weren't born in the wrong era as Lin Dan's could be Bao Chunlai, Chen Jin, and perhaps Lee Hyun-Il, Sony Dwi Kuncoro (who else?).
01-06-2013, 02:52 AM #10
Now that Peter has retired, his standing as a heavenly King should have a worthy successor. To me, Chen Long appears a natural choice but I'd like to give him another year to cement his position even though he's already doing no worse than either Peter or Taufik; sounds like an understatement.
01-06-2013, 03:24 AM #11
Lee Chong Wei, Taufik and Peter are players who have proved their abilities in this badminton arena which will be there in the minds of millions of people for long long time. Taufik's titles were not because of luck as if somebody was mentioning here. Badminton is a game where you could not achieve or win a title due to luck. Lol . Taufik is a classic player which i am missing nowadays .
01-06-2013, 03:59 AM #12
Once again,I used the term luck as in success or good fortune or prosperity, in other words your overall circumstances or condition in life, as when you wish somebody best of luck, not in the narrow sense of by chance, a chance happening or fluke. By the way, I believe a few titles that Taufik won were not in matches with Lin Dan, so there weren't any of those kind of luck you had in mind.
Does it mean I've to change the sentence to " Taufik is more fortunate..."?
01-06-2013, 04:07 AM #13
A few days ago, Peter in his interview with a Chinese online media, Teng Xuan, expressed surprise that Lin Dan did not retire sometime after winning the Beijing Olympic gold, and instead went on to win a second Olympic gold in London. Now he believed Lin Dan still has what it takes to carry on successfully four more years all the way to Rio'16.
I hope to see Lee CW pick himself up and do the same.
01-06-2013, 04:27 AM #14
Taufik was in peak when he won the titles including Olympic Gold. He is a legend who got into the millions and millions of people' hearts which nobody has achieved before . Even with all the cricket craze in their minds, millions and millions of Indians talk about Taufik's performances which he made long time back (along with Lee Chong wei). He truly deserves all the titles which he won because of his wonderful talent and excellent performance . Truly speaking, if he have had maintained his past abilities, nobody would have been able to attain whatever they have achieved now.
When he was in peak, how can we forget about the world championships and Asian games which he won against Lin Dan in 2005 and 2006 respectively. He may be in his trailing edge of his career now, but truly speaking he is a marvellous legend .
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