Sport is 'cruel', says Lin Dan after Lee Chong Wei injury in world badminton final

Newly married Lin Dan was returning after almost a year on the sidelines to spend time with his family and entered the world badminton tournament on a controversial wildcard because of his fan appeal, a move criticised by Lee Chong Wei.

updated: August 11, 2013 21:56 IST
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Guangzhou: Chinese badminton superstar Lin Dan called badminton a "cruel" sport after his arch rival Lee Chong Wei had to withdraw with cramp in the closing stages of their much-anticipated world title showdown. (Read: Lee Chong Wei retires hurt to give 'wildcard' Lin Dan record 5th world badminton title)

Fans had been hoping for another classic final between the two badminton legends, with Lee gunning for his first world title in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou.

But it was Olympic champion Lin who took the world men's singles gold for the fifth time as Lee's dreams of victory against his nemesis were shattered in the third game, with the umpire announcing he was retiring injured down 20-17.

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