Lin Dan issues form warning before Games

Superstar Lin Dan led hosts China to an emphatic victory over South Korea in the Thomas Cup final on Sunday,sending a stark message he and his teammates are in peak form for the London Olympics

Written by AFP | Wuhan | Published:May 28, 2012 1:13 am

Superstar Lin Dan led hosts China to an emphatic victory over South Korea in the Thomas Cup final on Sunday,sending a stark message he and his teammates are in peak form for the London Olympics. Widely regarded as the best player of all time and a sporting hero in China,Lin threw his t-shirt into the Wuhan crowd after his side were far too good in seeing off the Koreans 3-0 — repeating the feat of the women’s team on Saturday.

The reigning Olympic champion showed no signs of tiredness or nerves in his match against Lee Hyun-Il,the 21-14,21-17 victory easier than the scoreline suggested. “At our level it doesn’t matter if you win 21-9 or 21-19,it’s the outcome that counts,” Lin said as China picked up their fifth consecutive Thomas Cup title and ninth since the,men’s tournament began in 1949.

South Korea’s World No. 7 managed to push the No.2 harder in the second game,drawing even at 17-17 as Lin buried a smash into the net. But he failed to win another point. Looking ahead to his final preparations ahead of London,Lin said he wanted “everything to be like in 2008 before Beijing,” also a year China won the Thomas Cup. “I am going to use every day as an opportunity to improve,” said Lin.

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