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London Olympics: Badminton's Lee Chong Wei's fitness a Malaysian 'secret'

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Published: 24 July 2012
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LONDON - The fitness of Olympic badminton silver medallist Lee Chong Wei is a state "secret" that cannot be revealed before the London Games tournament, according to Malaysia's chef de mission.

The top seed Lee, Malaysia's brightest hope of a maiden Olympic gold medal, has been battling to get back to peak form for the July 28-Aug. 5 tournament at Wembley Arena since injuring an ankle during a Thomas Cup match in May.

"He is here. I cannot tell you about his form, but he is here," Malaysia chef de mission Tun Ahmad Sarji told Reuters at Olympic Park.

"I think his [fitness] is a Malaysian secret ... Every country should keep their own secrets, right?"

 

London Olympic: Chong Wei Has An Easy Path, Mission To Win Gold Seems Promising

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Published: 24 July 2012
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SEPANG, July 24  -- Malaysian singles ace Datuk Lee Chong Wei has an easy path when he was balloted to compete against with the world's 45th ranked player, Ville Lang from Finland, in Group A for the Olympic Games which scheduled to begin this Saturday.

However, the path was not so easy for Malaysian top doubles Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong and mixed doubles Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying.

Koo and Tan are scheduled to play against world's top doubles Chung Jae Sung/Lee Yong Dae from South Korea, Indonesia's Howard Bach/Tony Gunawan and Naoki Kawamae/Shoji Sato of Japan in Group D.

 

Lin Dan seeded second for Olympic badminton draw (pic)

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Published: 23 July 2012
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London: Currently ranked World No.1, Chinese shuttler Lin Dan is seeded second in the Olympic badminton tournament as the draw will take place Monday at the Olympic Park.

Across the five medal events - men`s and women`s singles, men`s and women`s doubles and mixed doubles - there will be a total of 172 players in the draw, evenly split between men and women.
Lin Dan the Greatest Badminton Player Ever
The London Games will witness the debut of a new competition formant which includes group stage and knock-out stage.

The draw will allocate players into 16 round-robin groups of two or three for the men`s and women`s singles events, and four groups of four for the men`s, women`s and mixed doubles.

 

Rashid Sidek thinks Lin Dan is capable of winning gold medal twice – London Olympics Update (pic)

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Published: 23 July 2012
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Rashid Sidek thinks Lin Dan is capable of winning gold medal twice – London Olympics Update

Singles chief coach of Malaysia Rashid Sidek commended Lin Dan’s badminton craft and declared him the potential contender for a gold medal in the mega event, set to be held from July 27, 2012.Rashid Sidek thinks Lin Dan is capable of winning gold medal twice

The Chinese maestro is the first and only shuttler in history to complete the Super Grand Slam by claiming all major titles of the badminton world.

In 2008 edition of the Games, Lin Dan won his first Olympic gold medal in Beijing and this year he will make every effort to repeat history in London.

However, stats show that no one could ever defend his honour in the mega event and Rashid Sidek thinks this will put the ace under huge pressure.

Though, the badminton guru stated that the Chinese campaigner will face immense pressure but in same breath he also declared that Lin Dan has the potential to surpass all the hurdles in this race of glory.

 

Badminton stars Hidayat, Lin on Olympic collision course (pic)

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Published: 23 July 2012
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LONDON — Taufik Hidayat, the former Olympic champion who is one of badminton's big four, could have an earlier than expected end to his famous career at the 2012 Games.

The Indonesian who took the men's singles gold medal in Athens eight years ago may also be ousted by the man who has been described as his arch-rival, Lin Dan, the defending Olympic champion from China.Taufik Hidayat took the men's singles gold medal in Athens eight years ago

Lin is regarded by many people as the greatest player of all time, and if the elastic left-hander lives up to that billing it could well bring curtains for Hidayat as early as Wednesday week (August 1st).

These two greats are drawn in adjoining groups and would meet in the last 16 if, as expected, Lin beats Scott Evans, the world number 76 from Ireland, and Hidayat overcomes Pablo Abian, the world number 34 from Spain, and Petr Koukal, the world number 78 from the Czech Republic.

This spectacular denouement though depends on the sometimes controversial 30-year-old from West Java adhering to his feeling that these Olympics are a suitable climax for calling it a day.

 

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