Chong Wei bows out Using singles gold

Kidambi Srikanth beat Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei in the final of the badminton mixed team event earlier at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast on April 9 and the Indian will be looking for a repeat when the two clash again in the men’s singles final

Chong Wei now has five Commonwealth gold medals to his name (three singles and two mixed team) and one silver (mixed team) across the three editions of the event he has competed in (Melbourne 2006, New Delhi 2010 and Gold Coast 2018).

But it was not all smooth sailing for him on Sunday as Srikanth started off confidently.

Veteran Lee Chong Wei taught World No 1 K. Srikanth a lesson in badminton as the second seed won his third career Commonwealth Games men's singles gold medal at the Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre on Sunday.

Lee, now ranked seventh in the world, stormed back in the second to take it 21-14, then stepped up another gear to clinch the decider by the same emphatic score.

But even at his erratic worst, the Malaysian, who has multiple Olympic silver medals to his credit, was simply unstoppable for the Indian and claimed the match pretty comfortably. Piling errors and allowing the Malaysian a massive 7-1 lead in the decider, Srikanth nearly seemed to have given up. But Lee shook off his initial troubles to gradually come into own and subdue his younger rival with an awesome performance.

If rankings in the world sport are anything to go by, Indian ace shuttler Kidambi Srikanth added another laurel to his loaded hat as he stormed his way into the top rung of BWF men's ranking, replacing Denmark's Viktor Axelson from the elite list.

The 25-year-old Srikanth, who only reached the top ranking on Thursday, went some way to justifying that lofty position as he raced ahead 21-19 in the first game of the final on Australia's Gold Coast. A series of excellent rallies saw Lee take three consecutive points and take the lead at 15-14 before Srikanth drew level in very next point. That turned out to be the only bit of celebration that Srikanth and his Indian fans among the sell-out crowd will manage on the day.

The Indian breezed away with a 11-8 lead midway into the second game. Srikanth led 11-9 at the break.

Kidambi Srikanth lost against Chong Lee in CWG final.



Other news