Commonwealth Games: Evergreen shuttler Lee Chong Wei wins third singles gold, may try for 2020 Olympics

Gold medallist Lee Chong Wei saluting during the Malaysian anthem at yesterday's medal ceremony. Having never won the Olympic gold, he says he may still give it a shot at the 2020 Tokyo Games, when he will be almost 38.
Gold medallist Lee Chong Wei saluting during the Malaysian anthem at yesterday's medal ceremony. Having never won the Olympic gold, he says he may still give it a shot at the 2020 Tokyo Games, when he will be almost 38.PHOTO: REUTERS
Gold medallist Lee Chong Wei saluting during the Malaysian anthem at yesterday's medal ceremony. Having never won the Olympic gold, he says he may still give it a shot at the 2020 Tokyo Games, when he will be almost 38.

Badminton's past and present collided yesterday and Lee Chong Wei offered evidence that he remains very much part of his sport's future.

The Malaysian great, who turns 36 in October and is ranked seventh in the world, defied his age and sceptics to capture the Commonwealth Games men's singles title with a 19-21, 21-14, 21-14 victory over Kidambi Srikanth.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 16, 2018, with the headline 'More to come from the timeless Lee'. Print Edition | Subscribe