LONDON, Aug. 3 (Xinhua) -- After four years, world top badminton players Lin Dan and Lee Chong Wei are to meet again in the Olympic final to compete for the gold in men's singles.
China's badminton star Lin beat his rival, Lee Hyun Il from South Korea, Friday afternoon.
The competition was not really intense, as Lin dominated the court all the time, changing speed suddenly and beating the No. 7 seed Lee 21-12 and 21-10.
"I threw myself into the competition actively, so as not to repeat the hard battle yesterday," he said.
In a match later, another Chinese player Chen Long lost to Lee Chong Wei from Malaysia 21-13 and 21-14. The Chinese No. 3 seed seemed nervous and made several mistakes, where as the most experienced Lee was patient. As Chen made his last shot to the net, he was left out of the final.
Looking into the final, Lee called Lin Dan his "old foe". He was overpowered by the Chinese four years ago in the Beijing Olympics, and lost to him again at the World Championships last year in the Wembley Arena, where the final shall take place.
"The match tomorrow will be a replay of the World Championship final," he said.
Lin was emotional talking about his arch-rival Lee. "We are getting older but could meet again in the Olympic final, which is amazing," he said. "I know he wants to win. I don't want to think about the result, but I will do my best.
If Lin wins, he will become the first men's single player to defend his title successfully at the Olympic badminton events. But he didn't care. "The most important thing is whether I tried."