Chen beats Lee to re­tain world crown in Jakarta

The China Post - - SPORTS -

Top seed Chen Long re­tained his crown at the bad­minton world cham­pi­onships in Jakarta on Sun­day, de­priv­ing Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei of a gold medal in the men’s sin­gles for a fourth suc­ces­sive time.

Lee en­tered the fi­nal hun­grier than ever for his elu­sive world crown but could not un­set­tle the Chi­nese world No. 1, who stormed to a 21-14, 21-17 vic­tory in just over an hour.

Chen, who has al­ready won four ti­tles in a stel­lar sea­son this year, wept and kissed the court as his fi­nal tri­umphant smash sailed home.

His win spelt agony for Lee, who had to set­tle for his fourth con­sec­u­tive sil­ver medal.

Barely any­thing sep­a­rated the kings of the sport as they sparred at elec­tri­fy­ing speed in the first set.

But at 12-all Chen turned up the heat with a se­ries of blis­ter­ing smashes that left Lee trail­ing.

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