Asian Games: Lee Hyun-Il Lee is South Korea's Secret Badminton Weapon

Lee Hyun-Il was part of the last South Korea men's team to win gold at the Asian Games in 2002 and has lost out in bronze play-offs in two Summer Olympics -- last time to China's Chen Long in London 2012, after which he retired from the international competition.

updated: September 24, 2014 13:20 IST
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The veteran Lee made a comeback for the Asian Games.

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Incheon: Veteran comeback kid Lee Hyun-Il spoke of his pride at sealing gold for the South Korea badminton men's team against China after being recalled from retirement as the hosts' secret weapon. (Full Coverage | Medal Tally)

An epic five-hour battle on Tuesday went to a fifth-match decider which saw 34-year-old Lee take out China's Gao Huan -- 10 years his junior -- in two games.

"I'm very proud of winning a gold medal with my younger teammates," Lee told reporters.

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