Lin Scripts Badminton History With World Championship Hattrick


Hyderabad, Aug 16: China's Lin Dan outclassed compatriot Jin Chen 21-18, 21-16 to win the men's singles title in the World Badminton Championships here Sunday and scripted history by becoming the first player to complete a hat-trick of world titles.

Olympic champion Lin stamped his supremacy with a clinical demolition of Jin in 45 minutes at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium.

The 25-year-old Lin, seeded fifth, was never really challenged in the tournament except in the semi-finals where Indonesian Sony Dwi Kuncoro stretched him to three games.

'Super Dan', as Lin is called, has been a phenomenon in badminton and also has four All England crowns. He has been the No.1 player for a long time and achieved it in 2004, till he decided to focus only on important events.

"I am happy and honoured to win three titles in a row," Lin said. "This is the first time I came to India and happy that I am leaving back victorious."

"I am not a genius. I only work hard. Its not impossible to achieve what I have achieved."

Lin was never stretched by Jin who went down in a cascade of errors while playing his first world championship final.

The match never really reached great heights but there were some moments that demonstrated why Lin is one of the greats in the modern era. He showed outstanding reflex to lift a smash aimed right at his body in the first game and in the second, he waited till the last moment to judge the shuttle's fall, before sending it back with a swish of his racquet.

Lin started slowly in the first game and once be broke free from 6-6, he raced to 11-6 in the first game. Jin always had to do the catching up job, and Dan would retrieve anything that came his way. Lin returned the deadliest of smashes from Jin and also dominated the nets with his supple wrists.

Jin fought back in the second game with some powerful cross court smashes, but gave away easy points committing too many errors.

At 14-14, the two played out the longest rally of the game, with both testing each other's patience. It was Jin who got the point with a hard-hitting smash.

But from there on there was no stopping Lin. He opened up a lead, exhibiting his incredible smashing power and looked to finish off the points quickly. Lin got five points in a row and at 20-15, Jin could save just one match point before going down.

"He has the experience. He has played in three finals before. It was my first final and hopefully I will get better next time."


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