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Super Dan Wins Men's Singles Gold Medal

Lin Dan destroyed all the pre-Olympic doubts about his ability to win gold when he blew away Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei in the Beijing Games men's singles badminton final on Sunday.

The world number one was in majestic form as he completely dominated the final with a 21-12, 21-8 victory at the Beijing Technological University gymnasium.

A packed house of vocal Chinese fans saw Lin bring the curtain down on a successful Olympic badminton competition in which China won three of the five gold medals on offer, with Indonesia and South Korea sharing in the honours.

But there was no denying Lin's dominance as he sped to an early lead in each game and never gave Lee a chance to fight back.

Lee was talked about as the man to stop "Super Dan" in front of his home crowd, especially after the Malaysian's victory over Lin at May's Thomas Cup finals in Jakarta.

However, world number two Lee appeared tentative and nervous while Lin seemed to have saved his best for this competition.

Nothing Lee tried worked as Lin used pinpoint smashes, confident rushes to the net and clever footwork to out-muscle and out-think his opponent.

Lin domination of the men's singles competition was highlighted by the fact that he failed to drop a game in five matches.

The victory also made up for his debacle in Athens four years ago when he failed to get past the early rounds.

World champion Lin dropped to the floor in delight after he took the winning point. Tears filled his eyes as he hugged his coaches.

He then ran over to the gallery and threw his racket into the stands. With the crowd not satisfied, he then untied his shoelaces and threw both shoes into the hands of grasping fans.

Lee can be happy to have justified his second seeding and reaching the final. However, he will not be happy with the way he played.

Capable of much more, Lee seemed to have let the occasion get the better of him. His silver medal was worth RM300,000 while the gold would have made him a ringgit millionaire.

The bronze medal went to China's All England champion Chen Jin, who beat Korean Lee Hyun-il 21-16,12-21,21-14 in the third-fourth play-off clash.

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