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.