PETALING JAYA: Datuk Lee Chong Wei will now go on to play in the gold medal match of the men's singles after emerging victorious at the end of a classic showdown with Lin Dan at the Rio Olympics on Friday.
Lin Dan had emerged with a one-point lead with 11-10 at the break.
Both players were relentless as they aggressively sought after every point of the set.
Lin Dan had fought hard against Lee's narrow lead to tie the game at 5-5 before going ahead by two points.
However, Lee never allowed his opponent to run away to far from him, eventually taking the lead 8-7.
After the break the game was tied for the most part till Lee pulled away from a 16-16 tie.
Lin Dan, however, denied Lee several match points to eventually tie the game once more at 20-20.
In the first set, Lin Dan, who took the first point of the first set, looked outstanding as he took the lead 11-6, forcing Lee to make several errors along the way.
After the break, Lee allowed Lin Dan to run away with a seven point lead at 13-8 before fighting back.
Despite the Malaysian fighting hard to recover, the set ended 21-15 in favour of Lin Dan.
Lee put on an impressive performance early in the second set to outclass his opponent with 5 unanswered points before going on to claim a 11-2 point lead at the break.
Lee continued his dominance after the interval, maintaining a huge point margin between himself and his opponent till the end of the set, winning 21-11.
The shuttler previously defeated Taiwan’s Chou Tien-Chen 21-9, 21-15 at the quarter-final stage.
This is also the third time that Lee has faced Lin Dan in the Olympics, having faced his rival previously at the men's finals of the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympics.
The winner of the match will go on to face either second seed Chen Long from China or Denmark's Viktor Axelsen in the final on Saturday.
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