Olympic champion Lin Dan takes world title

Wembley: Olympic badminton champion Lin Dan had an ideal preparation for his title defense next year when he won his fourth world title on Sunday in the Wembley arena that will be used for the 2012 Games.

The second-seeded Chinese player saved two match points against top-seeded Malaysian Lee Chong Wei and went on to a 20-22, 21-17, 23-21 victory. It was probably the best encounter of the 24 between the two great rivals.

Lin rarely dominated the match and there were moments, particularly at 16-13 in the final game, when it seemed Lee`s court coverage, patience and ability to turn defense into attack would secure victory.

But when it mattered, it was Lin who delivered.

Bureau Report

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