Lin Dan

Lin Dan hopes to continue until Tokyo 2020 Olympics after completing National Games victory

Chinese shuttler claims a historic fourth singles gold at the National Games after cruising to a 2-0 victory over youngster Shi Yuqi in final

PUBLISHED : Friday, 08 September, 2017, 1:36pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 12 September, 2017, 3:37pm

Veteran shuttler Lin Dan hinted he might take part in another Olympic Games after clinching a historic fourth consecutive gold medal at the National Games on Friday.

Lin, who will turn 34 next month, cruised to a 2-0 (21-12, 21-13) victory over world number three Shi Yuqi in the singles final in Tianjin, his fourth gold medal since the 2005 Games in Jiangsu.

And the two-time Olympic gold medallist said soon after his victory that he might go for the Tokyo Games in three years’ time.

“I hope I can hang in there and take part in the Tokyo Olympic Games,” said Lin, who went through probably his most hectic schedule after playing 16 matches in two weeks.

“But it would be more realistic at this stage if I can to do well in my yearly competition plan and adjust my form to the best during training.”

Lin was in Glasgow in late August where he reached the world championships final before losing to Viktor Axelsen of Denmark after playing six games. He then returned to China for the National Games, playing for Beijing to win the team championship in five games before making it a double with his success in the singles.

For him, the most important thing now is to go back to his home in Beijing and be with his child as he has not seen him for a long period.

Lin said it might be his last National Games and that’s also why the pressure came, although he only needed 45 minutes to beat his Jiangsu rival in the final.

“People I met kept talking about winning the fourth gold medal at the National Games,” he said. “And I had to keep focused on every game and play well every single point. This is the only thing under my control as when you get older, you meet more and more opponents and more young players come up to challenge you. Today is just an excellent job done.”

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In the men’s doubles final, Wang Yilu and Liu Cheng defeated Hong Wai and Chai Biao 2-1 (21-15, 15-21, 21-19) for the title.