Chong Wei and Chen Long in men's singles final in Rio Olympics
World No 1 and top seed Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia stayed on track to win the elusive Olympics gold medal in the men's singles badminton competition in the Rio Olympics.
The 33-year-old Chong Wei came back from a set down to beat his nemesis and two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan 15-21, 21-11, 22-20 in a marathon 83 minute match at Pavilion 4 in Riocentro on Friday.
The Malaysian will face another Chinese hurdle in Chen Long in the final on Saturday. Chen Long the number two seed knocked out Europe's challenge in the men's singles when he won 21-14, 21-15 in 29 minutes to maintain Asian supremacy in Olympics badminton.
Badminton fans saw some of the best badminton seen at Rio Olympics and Chong Wei gets another shot at the title and win the elusive gold after losing to Lin Dan in the finals at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and London Olympics in 2012.
The great badminton rivals gave no quarters in their match and Lin Dan, who was gunning for his third gold in the men's singles looked like achieving his dream after he won the first set 21-15.
However, Chong Wei, never one to give up so easily, especially against his nemesis, came back strongly to force a rubber after winning the second set 21-11.
In the decider Chong Wei seemed to have found his footing right but could not nail the winner at 20-16 and allowed Lin Dan to catch up at 20-20.
The Malaysian, however, delivered the winning points and reeled off in delight to hug his coaches Hendrawan and Tey Seu Bok.
The two players later exchanged shirts and hugged each other much to the delight of their supporters who had come in full force to cheer them.
Lee Chong Wei (Mas) beat Lin Dan (Chn) 15-21, 21-11, 22-20
Chen Long (Chn) beat Viktor Axelsen (Den) 21-14, 21-15