China’s Lin Dan on Sunday won back-to-back Olympic badminton gold as he beat Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei in the men’s singles competition in three sets.

In a repeat of the Beijing final four years ago, the 28-year-old Lin lost the opening set 21-15, but then fought back to win the next two 21-10 and 21-19 to become the first player to win the competition twice.

“I am very, very happy. This medal is confirmation of all my hard work since 2008. It is very tough being a Chinese player because we work so hard and sacrifice so much,” he said.

Bronze went to Lin’s compatriot Chen Long, who beat Lee Hyun-il in the match for third place.

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