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by rajes paul
Denmark's Jan O Jorgensen injured his knee during the third round of the badminton World Championships in Copenhagen on Friday and was forced to pull out. - EPA
COPENHAGEN: Home hero Jan O Jorgensen of Denmark could not hold back his tears.
On Friday, his miserable run in the World Championships continued, when he retired after picking up a knee injury during his third round match against Chou Tien-chen of Taiwan.
He gave up after 11-21, 4-9 in just 23 minutes. The pain in his knee started when he was trailing 0-2 in the opening game. The injury could see him sidelined for at least six weeks.
It is not the first time that Jorgensen has suffered a cruel blow in the world meet. Due to a heart ailment, he had to withdraw from the 2011 edition in Wembley and last year, he crashed out in the quarter-finals in Guangzhou.
“I am very upset. I had a good draw. It was a perfect condition. Everything was perfect ... but the worst thing happened to me,” said the 25-year-old Jorgensen, who had hoped to be the third Dane to win the world title after Flemming Delfs (1977) and Peter Rasmussen (1997).
“I was 0-2 down when I felt that sharp pain. I knew it was not just a small thing. I could feel right away that this was different ... I started struggling after that.
“I was not able to take deep steps and lunges – it was really tough to know that I was not able to give a fight.
“The whole dream of winning ... the whole dream of playing ... everything just burst quite fast,” added Jorgensen, who is determined to put the painful outing behind.
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