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Super Dan

LIN Dan

République populaire de Chine
Badminton
If you play a match, then you have to give it all to beat the opponent; there is no such thing as playing against a great or a non-great player.”
Taille
177 cm / 5'10''
Poids
70 kg / 154 livres
Date de naissance
14 oct. 1983 Longyan, China, People's Republic of
Sexe
Masculin

Nombre de médailles

2 Médailles olympiques

Jeux Olympiques

4 Jeux Olympiques

LIN Dan biographie

Possibly the greatest badminton player of all time was christened “Super Dan” way back in 2004. Just how great he was going to become over the next 16 years, nobody could imagine. The Longyan-born Chinese sportsman had completed the impossible sounding ’Super Grand Slam’ by the age of 28: winning all of the nine major badminton tournaments available – including the Olympic Games, World Championships, World Cup and other ‘majors’ of the sport. He remains the only player, male or female, to achieve the feat.

He has been world champion five times: Madrid 2006, Kuala Lumpur 2007, Hyderabad 2009, London 2011 and Guangzhou 2013, but his greatest moments came at the Olympic Games.

In his home nation for Beijing 2008, Dan became a national superstar. He got through to a final against his big rival Lee Chong Wei, from Malaysia, who he demolished 21-12, 21-8. The home crowd went wild to salute one of their heroes of the Games.

Four years later, he repeated the feat. He once again faced the brilliant Lee in the final – and lost the first game of the gold medal match, too – but showed extraordinary courage and power to blast back and retain his Olympic title. He was the first male athlete to manage the feat.

Dan is exceptionally fit, and despite being 36 as Tokyo 2020 approaches, is desperate to have a crack at winning what would be a historic third title. Despite slumping in the rankings, he is as driven as ever. “Qualifying to the Tokyo Olympics is my biggest challenge,” he said recently. “I will continue to do my best and try to get better results out of competitions.

“All I’ve done and what I will endeavour to keep doing in training and competitions is to try to qualify for Tokyo. Knowing the journey will be extremely difficult, I will try as hard as I can.” Whether he makes it or not, Super Dan will always be a legend of his sport.

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