Lin Dan vs Chen Long Set 3 | Badminton 2019

Lin Dan (born October 14, 1983)[1] is a Chinese professional badminton player. He is a two-time Olympic champion, five-time World champion, as well as a six-time All England champion.

Widely regarded as the greatest badminton player of all time,[3][4][5] by the age of 28 Lin 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.[6][7] 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.[8] Winning the Malaysian Open in 2017 marked Lin’s success in having won every major title in the badminton world.[9]

In 2004, he was dubbed “Super Dan” by opponent Peter Gade after winning the All England Open final, and the nickname has since been widely used by his fans as well as the media to refer to him, in recognition of his achievements.[10][11]

Lin Dan entered a record 10th All England final in the 2018 edition, but lost to compatriot Shi Yuqi. He won the New Zealand open by beating youngster Jonatan Christie. He won the Gold Medal 2018 Thomas Cup & Gold Medal Asian Games 2018 Mens Team with China as well.

Lin Dan won his second Malaysia Open title in 2019, beating compatriot Chen Long in the finals[174]. However, he withdrew from the Singapore Open in the first round against Viktor Axelsen, citing a “thigh injury”[175]. In April, Lin Dan lost in the semifinals of the New Zealand Open (badminton) to Ng Ka Long.

Personal life
Lin was born to a Hakka family in Shanghang County, Longyan, Fujian. At a young age, Lin Dan was encouraged to learn to play the piano by his parents, and to be a pianist. However, he chose to play badminton instead. Having started his training at the age of five, he was scouted by the People’s Liberation Army Sports Team after winning the National Junior Championships aged twelve, and was enlisted into the Chinese National Badminton Team in 2001, when he was 18.[176][177][178]

Lin has been in a relationship with Xie Xingfang, herself a former world champion, since 2003.[179] They were quietly engaged on December 13, 2010 in Haizhu, Guangzhou. Xie initially denied but later acknowledged romantic involvement with Lin, who reacted angrily at the public exposure of their relationship, citing reasons of personal privacy.[180] The two were married on September 23, 2012 and the wedding ceremony was held at the Beijing University of Technology.[181]

Lin had five tattoos visible during the 2012 Summer Olympics. His upper left arm has a Christian cross,[182] his lower left arm has five stars, his right upper arm reads “until the end of world”,[183] a double “F” lettering on his lower right arm, and his initials “LD” are tattoed on the back of his neck.[184] These tattoos have been the subject of controversy due to his military and religious status.[182][185]

On October 17, 2012, he became the first active Chinese badminton player to accept a master’s degree, which was presented at Huaqiao University.[186] His autobiography, Until the End of the World, was published after he successfully defended his Olympic title at the London 2012 Olympics.[187]

Chen Long (Chinese: 谌龙; pinyin: Chén Lóng; Mandarin pronunciation: [ʈʂʰə̂n lʊ̌ŋ]; born 18 January 1989), is a Chinese professional badminton player. He is the reigning Olympic champion and two-time World champion and All England champion.

He represented the China national badminton team in the 2018 Thomas & Uber Cup. In the group stage, he upset Prannoy from India and Brice Leverdez from France. In the quarter finals, he defeated Chou Tien-Chen from Chinese Taipei. China beat Chinese Taipei 3-0. In the match against Indonesia in the semi-finals, he defeated Anthony Sinisuka Ginting in two sets. During the final match, China faced Japan. He lost his match against the 2018 World Champion and then World No.1 Kento Momota in two sets, but although he lost his match, China beat Japan 3–1 and won the 2018 Thomas & Uber Cup).

Personal life
Chen Long married badminton player Wang Shixian in 2017, after over a decade together.[7]

Surname pronunciation issue
Chen Long’s surname 谌 was actually pronounced Shèn[8] but the word 谌 is pronounced chén when not used as surname. As a result of this, mispronunciation happens a lot and early in his career when he enrolled in China’s athlete system his surname was registered incorrectly as Chen. He tried to correct it but failed because of bureaucracy and finally let go of it.

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