Lin Dan is a Chinese professional badminton player. He is a two-time Olympic champion, five-time world champion and a six-time All England champion. He is widely regarded as the greatest singles player of all time, and by the age of 28 had completed the "Super Grand Slam", having won all nine major titles in the badminton world: Olympic Games, world championships, world cup, Thomas Cup, Sudirman Cup, Super Series Masters Finals, All England Open, Asian Games, and Asian Championships, becoming the first and only player to achieve this feat. He also became the first men's singles player to retain the Olympic gold medal by winning in 2008 and defending his title in 2012.
Gunawan watched Lin Dan win 2008 Olympic title and told himself he would become a champion like the mainlander.
Not all athletes can hang in till next summer as Lin Dan and other veterans end careers after Tokyo Games pushed back a year.
The 23-year-old Lee Cheuk-yiu became the second home player to win the Hong Kong Open last year.
The 36-year-old ‘Super Dan’ retires with two Olympic single titles and five world championships underscoring his greatness.
Hong Kong and China failed to take part this year after travel restrictions by hosts Philippines.
Age is not on Lin Dan’s side as the 36-year-old continues to fall short against younger compatriots.
The heated topic of retirement receives more than 7 million reactions on Weibo, but 36-year-old Lin will carry on playing in the Danish league.
Badminton World Federation to call off all tournaments starting from Monday after the completion of the All England Open
The 36-year-old Lin is hoping to qualify for the Olympics for the fifth time, having won gold in 2008 and 2012.
China’s all-time badminton great’s hopes of qualifying for the Tokyo Games suffers a blow after he makes another first-round tournament exit
Nation has rapidly become dominant since sending first team to Los Angeles 1984, even topping the medal table at Beijing 2008
Danish great admires the Chinese legend as the two-time Olympic champion attempts to qualify for his fifth Games in Tokyo next year
China’s two-time Olympic champion’s season is over after being beaten by Japan’s Kento Momota in the first round of the Hong Kong Open.