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Chong Wei bows out with third singles gold

UNI India-English 2018-04-15 10:37:03
By Nick Mulvenney
GOLD COAST, Australia, Apr 15 (Reuters) Malaysia's badminton king Lee Chong Wei was pushed all the way by world number one Kidambi Srikanth but prevailed 19-21 21-14 21-14 to bring the curtain down on his Commonwealth Games career with a third men's singles gold medal on Sunday.

The 35-year-old won back-to-back titles in 2006 and 2010 but was robbed of the chance of a hat-trick when a hamstring injury forced him to pull out of the 2014 Games in Glasgow.

Sunday's victory was by no means guaranteed given his first career loss to Srikanth in the mixed team final last week but Chong Wei drew on all his experience, and the skills that kept him as world number one for nearly four years from 2008.

"I lost to him in the mixed team event and I wanted to come back in the individual event.
It's not easy mentally," he said.