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Asian Games 2014 : Lin Dan denies Chong Wei to Finals

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China's Lin Dan gives a thumbs up after beating Lee Chong Wei in the semi-final of the men's singles event at the Inxheon Asian Games on Sunday. - IZZRAFIQ ALIAS/The STAR



INCHEON: The slumped shoulders and blank look on Lee Chong Wei’s face say it all as China’s Lin Dan shattered the world No. 1’s hopes of bagging the men’s singles gold in his final Asian Games appearance.

Olympic champion Lin Dan was just too good as he won the semi-final blockbuster 22-20, 12-21, 21-9 in 72 minutes at the Gyeyang Gymnasium. World champion Chen Long kept his part of the bargain to make it an all-Chinese final by beating Wei Nan of Hong Kong 21-6, 21-10 in the other semi-final.

Sunday was perhaps the last time badminton supporters will get to see the two clash at the Asiad and fans were already lining up at sunrise at the entrance to buy tickets.

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Australia to deliver 'best' Commonwealth Games

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Australia has promised to build on the "standout" Glasgow 2014 and deliver the "best" Commonwealth Games.

Jann Stuckey, the minister for the next Games on Australia's Gold Coast in April 2018, also believes the event will "continue for a long time".

"The Gold Coast won't be the beginning of the end - it will be a reinvigoration," said Stuckey.

The enthusiasm for the Games is in contrast to fears over its future before Glasgow 2014.

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Glasgow 2014: Commonwealths hailed best in 84-year history

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Glasgow 2014 has been hailed as "the standout Games in the history of the movement" by Commonwealth Games Federation chief executive Mike Hooper.

After 11 days of action across 17 sports, the event came to a close at Hampden Park on Sunday evening, with hosts Scotland finishing fourth overall with a record haul of 19 golds and a best-ever tally of 53 medals.

England topped the medal table for the first time in 28 years, Wales surpassed their target of 27 and Northern Ireland reaped their largest tally since the Games was last in Scotland in 1986.

The Isle of Man had a silver to celebrate thanks to cyclist Peter Kennaugh's efforts in the points race, but Jersey and Guernsey failed to register.

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THE HAMPDEN ROAR RINGS AROUND THE TRACK AND BOXING HITS THE HYDRO ON DAY 10

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With Olympic stars Usain Bolt and Tom Daley on the scene, day 10 was always going to be a high octane day of sport!

Athletics

Jamaica dominated both the Men’s and Women’s 4X100m Relay at Hampden tonight, truly making the capacity crowd emit the famous ‘Hampden Roar’. After neat interchanges from Jason Livermore to Kemar Bailey-Cole to the man of the moment Usain Bolt, the Caribbean nation set the pace of the relay and recorded a Commonwealth record of 37.58.

England ran a tight race with Jamaica but ultimately settled for Silver and hotly tipped Trinidad and Tobago took the Bronze medal.

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BOLT STORMS THE HAMPDEN TRACK ON DAY 9 OF THE XX COMMONWEALTH GAMES

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As we entered the final weekend of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, the action continued with 20 Gold medals on offer and the highly anticipated debut of Usain Bolt in the Men’s 4X100m Relay Heats.

Athletics superstars powered round the track, daring divers made a splash, and the Lawn Bowls and Gymnastics competitions came to a thrilling end.

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