Lee Chong Wei ( 李宗伟 )

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  1. LenaicM

    LenaicM Regular Member

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    Given the current context and the latest discussion on this topic, here is a classic match from 2006 to keep us entertained, the semi final of the AE 06 between LCW and LD before any Olympic medal... LD was still using the forehand serve!

  2. extremenanopowe

    extremenanopowe Regular Member

    Apr 22, 2005
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    Lets pretend its a new movie.

    The doctor said he is good to go. All.clear. And his wife said take your gear and get that olympic gold that you deserved.

    Deng.. deng... deng... ;)
  3. lodoss

    lodoss Regular Member

    Aug 30, 2013
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    a fanmade documentary on LCW.

    part 1/2

    part 2/2
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  4. shooting stroke

    shooting stroke Regular Member

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    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Malaysia
    Lin Dan v Chong Wei: How badminton's great rivalry was born
    By AFP - May 19, 2020 @ 5:28pm
    Fifteen years ago in a packed Kuala Lumpur stadium, rising stars Lin Dan and Lee Chong Wei met in a final for the first time, setting the stage for what would become badminton's greatest rivalry. – AFP pic
    KUALA LUMPUR: Fifteen years ago in a packed Kuala Lumpur stadium, rising stars Lin Dan and Lee Chong Wei met in a final for the first time, setting the stage for what would become badminton's greatest rivalry.

    Malaysia's Lee, then 22, fell to the floor, punched the air and blew kisses to the crowd after his see-sawing, 88-minute 17-15, 9-15, 15-9 victory, when he fought back from behind in the first and last games.

    "Everyone saw how (Lin) played," said Lee, who was the defending champion, after his win at the Kuala Lumpur Badminton Stadium.

    "He is excellent in attack and his overhead smashes and forehand crosscourt shots are dangerous. So it is very satisfying to beat him."

    It was a fittingly tense start for a match-up that would span two Olympic finals and two world championship deciders, and drew a new generation of fans.

    But the match would remain one of the high points for Lee, who lost his four world and Olympic finals against the Chinese great and retired last year without winning either of the sport's top two titles.

    "Their rivalry happened in a period when badminton needed inspiration," K.M. Boopathy, a veteran Malaysian sports journalist who watched the 2005 game, told AFP.

    "They managed to make the sport extremely popular."

    Lee, now 37, and Lin, 36, played 40 times in total, with the Chinese player convincingly winning their head-to-head 28-12.

    Lee had lost his first and only encounter against Lin before beating him in the Kuala Lumpur final.

    The 2008 and 2012 Olympic title matches were among the most memorable showdowns between the men, who both enjoyed long spells as world number one.

    Lin won in straight games in Beijing in 2008, but Lee came agonisingly close to gold at London 2012, leading 19-18 in the deciding game before fatefully leaving a shot that dropped on the line.

    Bracketing the 2012 defeat, Lee lost world title matches to Lin in 2011 and then in 2013 in southern China, when the air conditioning mysteriously failed mid-match and the Malaysian was stretchered off with cramp as he faced match point.

    Fiery Lin and soft-spoken Lee are very different characters, although they were friends off the court and share a strong mutual respect.

    Known as "Super Dan", Lin had a reputation as badminton's bad boy -- he sported multiple tattoos, unusually for a Chinese player, and strutted around the court with supreme confidence.

    The two-time Olympic and five-time world champion, often regarded as the best badminton player ever, often ran into controversy. In 2008, he threw a temper tantrum during a training session after which he had to deny striking his coach.

    In contrast, Lee was quiet and unassuming. But his humble demeanour belied a dazzling array of weapons on the court -- he was blessed with lightning reflexes and once held the record for the world's fastest smash.

    His 19-year career also had its fair share of drama, however.

    The then world number one was banned after testing positive for a proscribed anti-inflammatory at the 2014 world championships, and was sidelined for eight months until authorities eventually accepted his explanation he took it inadvertently.

    Lee launched a comeback and defeated Lin in a thrilling semi-final at the 2016 Rio Olympics -- only to lose once again in the final, this time to another Chinese player, Chen Long.

    The sinewy star longed for a final shot at Olympic gold at the Tokyo Games, now postponed due to the coronavirus, but his hopes were dashed after being diagnosed with nose cancer in 2018.

    He recovered after treatment but struggled to regain his form, and announced his retirement last year at a tearful press conference.

    With 705 wins and 69 titles, Lee is a national hero in Malaysia, which has produced few world-class athletes.

    The pair's final match was the quarter-finals of the prestigious All-England Open in March 2018, which the Chinese won.

    But Lin has not hit his former heights in recent years, and with retirement looming he looked certain to miss the Tokyo Olympics before they were postponed to next year.

    When Lee announced his retirement, Lin posted on China's Twitter-like Weibo: "I will be alone on the (badminton) court and no one will accompany me."

    And only last month, Lee described his nemesis, who is still playing, as a "legend".

    "His titles speak for themselves. We have to salute him," he said. -- AFP


    If we all here in BC want to discuss the topic about Dato' LCW vs LD aka Superdan, i will guarantee that even after all the movies under MCU next phases has finished, the entire earth population has already been fully vaccinated for Covid 19 and Comet Halley has passed earth in 2061, the discussion about this two titan will still not end.

    When badminton has entered the modern era of 20th century, both of them has single handedly dictate and change how we treat badminton in every aspect of our life during those days. In every clash they had, I've bought a new sofa, bought a new TV,...(and the list goes on) .... just for the sake of wanted to see them both beating each other in the most glorious atmosphere possible.

    I dare to say it's likely that there will be no repeat stories that can surpass the epic scale of rivalry history like this two titan in the near future.
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