WEMBLEY, England (AP) — Olympic badminton champion Lin Dan got a preview of his title defense next year when he won his fourth world title Sunday in the Wembley arena that will be used for the 2012 Games.
The second-seeded Chinese player saved two match points against top-seeded Malaysian Lee Chong Wei and went on to a 20-22, 21-17, 23-21 victory. It was one of the closest matches of the 24 between the two rivals.
Lin rarely dominated the match, and there were moments, particularly at 16-13 in the final game, when it seemed Lee's court coverage, patience and ability to turn defense into attack would secure victory.
But when it mattered, it was Lin who delivered.
LONDON (AFP) - China's Lin Dan beat top seed Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia 20-22, 21-14, 23-21 to win the men's badminton world title for the fourth time here on Sunday.
Olympic champion Lin had a thrilling preparation for the defence of his title at next year's London Games when he saved two match points to beat his great rival Lee in a sensational 81-minute men's singles final.
The second-seeded Chinese star held off the challenge of the Malaysian heir apparent by 20-22, 21-14, 23-21 after trailing 19-20 and 20-21 in the final game.
It was a significant blow to the top-seeded Lee, who had lost to Lin in the Olympic final in Beijing in 2008 and had been hoping to become the first player from his country to win a world title in preparation for his Games bid in the same Wembley arena next year.
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