Lee Chong Wei suffered heartbreak at the Olympics again as he found himself falling at the final hurdle for the third straight Games.
The world’s No. 1 shuttler was beaten by No. 2 Chen Long of China 21-18, 21-18 on Saturday morning (Brazil time).
This is Lee’s third straight silver medal at the Olympics, having been beaten twice before by China’s Lin Dan, who finished fourth after being shocked 15-21, 21-10, 21-17 by Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen in the bronze-medal play-off.
Chen and Lee had met 25 times before the final, with Lee taking the slight edge with 13 wins. But Chen’s aggressive play kept Lee on the defensive for much of the final. The Malaysian also appeared to tire fast in the second game, at one point allowing Chen to string six straight points together.
Said Chen: “The men’s doubles gold medal yesterday was China badminton’s first in Rio. It gave me a lot of motivation and confidence and my result today has everything to do with my team-mates’ performance yesterday.”