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Malaysian Wong Happy to Assist Lee's Medal Hopes

Malaysian singles player Wong Choong Hann is happy to adapt his training to help teammate Lee Chong Wei win gold at the Beijing Olympics.

Wong will be joining world number two Lee at the Games next month, with the latter among the favourites to reach the top of the podium in the men's singles competition.

So Wong, in order to give Lee some space and let him get on with it, is training separately from his compatriot for a few weeks in the run-up to the Games.

"I do not mind training in isolation although sparring with Chong Wei would have been a good way to raise my game," Choong Hann was quoted as saying in the local media.

"Chong Wei has been doing well and he is following a solid programme. It is not fair for me to barge in and disrupt his training programme.

"The priority is on Chong Wei right now. He is being prepared to deliver a medal at the Beijing Games. I think the timing for us to train together now is not right. It is best that we continue to train at our own pace for now."

Wong is training under coach Wong Tat Meng while Lee is in another part of Kuala Lumpu under the charge of Misbun Sidek.

However, all the Malaysian Olympic players will come back together on July 21, when centralised training specifically for the Beijing tournament begins.

The world number 15 Wong was last month beaten in three games by Lee in the quarter-finals of the Singapore Open. As he prepares for the Olympics he is working on the physical aspects of his game to enhance his stamina.

He recognises his status as one of the minnows in the Olympic tournament but he is gunning for a medal nonetheless.

"I am not too worried about my skills and techniques. Since returning from the Thomas Cup Finals (in May), I have been giving more emphasis on my physical training," he said. "I need to have the right capacity in my engine to give my rivals a good fight.

"The odds are stacked against me but I am so used to this tag of not being a favourite. But nothing is going to stop me from winning a medal in my final Olympics," he said.

"I am not worried about my opponents. I am fighting against myself to make this Olympics a memorable one for me."

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