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This is my last Commonwealth Games and I want a Gold: Lee Chong Wei

By: Swetha Reddy
Date: 12 Apr, 2018
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The old man of badminton, Lee Chong Wei, is a decade older than his two main Indian rivals, Kidambi Srikanth and HS Prannoy, in the men’s singles event.

Using most of his experience, Lee Chong Wei, would get better off them to grab his fifth gold medal in his last Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast.

Lee, who won total of four gold medals at CWG - two at the 2006 Melbourne and another two at the 2010 New Delhi - was not the same man at the 2018 CWG Mixed-Team event, where the defending champions lost to the maiden winners, India, with 3-1 in the finals.

The Malaysian, not only lost to Srikanth in the recently-concluded Mixed-Team finals at CWG, but also lost to Prannoy last year twice - the Denmark Super Series Premier in October and the Indonesia Super Series in June.

“My opponents are younger and faster but I have the experience,” said the 35-year-old Chong Wei as quoted the saying by The Star Online.

Chong Wei admits that he couldn’t catch up with Srikanth in terms of agility. He said, “I know why I lost. I could not keep up with Srikanth’s speed in the team. I’ll re-focus and get it right in the individual event.”

“This is my last Commonwealth Games and I want a gold.”

The three-time Olympic silver medallist is determined and is expected to meet Prannoy in the semi-finals and mostly a re-match with Srikanth as well.

In the individual event at the on-going 2018 Commonwealth Games, Lee defeated Benjamin Li with 21-6, 21-3 in the round of 32, and will face Brian Kasirye of Uganda in the pre-quarters.

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