Lee Chong Wei: Badminton king without a crown

Once again Lee Chong Wei was very close to the world championship, but once again he was found standing on the left podium receiving the runner-up. The corners of Lee’s eyes were teary and teary as he watched his opponent win the world championship for the fourth time.

Having been in badminton since the age of 11, Lee Chong Wei quickly showed his natural talent just 6 years later when he was called to recruit Malaysia. In the career star born in 1982 won 57 titles in the tournament (Grand Prix Gold until Super Series). However, championships in other noble events like the Olympics or the world championships always avoid him.

Lee Chong Wei is the player who holds the record for leading the number of weeks at the No. 1 position in the world (298 weeks). However, Lee has always been considered the unremarkable king without winning trophies at the Olympics and Worlds.

Statistics show that Lee has made it to the world finals four times and twice to the final match of the Olympics, but all those six times were just his extreme disappointment. The person considered to be Lee’s biggest opponent in his career was none other than Lin Dan.

Chinese badminton legend, Super Dan is regarded as the badminton village. He does not often play but every time it appears, the championship is difficult to escape from this player. Lin Dan won Lee Chong Wei in two world finals (2011, 2013) and twice in the Olympic final (2008, 2012).

There is a funny theory that if Lee Chong Wei was born in another era where Lin Dan was not present, he would absolutely dominate the badminton village of the world. But when Lin Dan was no longer good, Chen Long, another player appeared.

At the 2014 World Championship, it seemed that Lee Chong Wei would win the world championship for the first time when his opponent in the final was not Lin Dan. But Chen Long, with his youth and his comprehensive play, beat Lee Chong Wei.