Badminton: Lee Chong Wei defeats world No. 1 in China final

Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia poses with his gold medal after winning the men's singles final at the 2016 Badminton Asia Championships on May 1, 2016.
Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia poses with his gold medal after winning the men's singles final at the 2016 Badminton Asia Championships on May 1, 2016. PHOTO: AFP
Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia hits a return against Chen Long of China during their men's singles final match at the 2016 Badminton Asia Championships in Wuhan, China on May 1, 2016.
Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia hits a return against Chen Long of China during their men's singles final match at the 2016 Badminton Asia Championships in Wuhan, China on May 1, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (AFP) - Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei defeated his rival and world No. 1 Chen Long of China on Sunday in the final of the Asia Badminton Championships.

The 33-year-old beat Chen 21-17, 15-21, 21-13 in the closely-fought final that lasted an hour and 22 minutes in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.

It is his third title this year and his second badminton Asia championship. He last won this tournament in 2006.

In the women's singles, China's Wang Yihan defeated compatriot Li Xuerui 21-14, 13-21, 21-16 in an hour, clinching her third Asian title.