Cophenhagen: China`s Chen Long edged out top seed Lee Chong Wei in a thrilling match to win the men`s final at the World Badminton Championships on Sunday, handing the Malaysian world number one his third successive defeat in a world championship decider.
World number two Chen, who had said before the final that Lee was not unbeatable, won 21-19 21-19 to secure his first medal at the world championships.
Having also lost two Olympic finals, Lee`s defeat meant that his wait for a first major title goes on.
The first set was a cagey affair with Chen edging it 21-19 and he sprang out to an early lead in the second.
Lee fought back but Chen was not to be denied.
There was also an upset in the women`s final as ninth seed Carolina Marin came back from a set down to defeat world number one Xuerui Li.
Marin lost the first set 21-17 but the European champion roared back to win the next two 21-17 21-18 and become the first Spaniard to win a badminton world title.
China`s Qing Tian and Yunlei Zhao claimed the first title on Sunday in the women`s doubles, cruising to victory over compatriots Xiaoli Wang and Yang Yu 21-19 21-15.
South Korean outsiders Sung Hyun-ko and Baek Choel-shin surprised countrymen Yong Dae-lee and Yeon Seong-yoo to win the men`s doubles, the 12th seeds ousting their fifth-seeded rivals in a tight match 22-20 21-23 21-18.