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Badminton at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Men's Singles

Badminton at the 2012 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Wembley Arena, Wembley, London
Date Started: July 28, 2012
Date Finished: August 5, 2012
Format: Single-elimination tournament.

Gold: CHN Lin Dan
Silver: MAS Lee Chong Wei
Bronze: CHN Chen Long

Summary

China’s Lin Dan was the defending Olympic champion in badminton’s men singles as well as a four-time (2006, 2007, 2009, and 2011) World Champion, but entered the London Olympics as only the second seed, having had an uneven 2012 season. Ranked above at number one, a position he had held since August 2008, was Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei, the runner-up at both the 2008 Summer Games and the most recent World Championships. The two competitors had a long-standing rivalry that many believed would play out in the finals of the 2012 Olympic tournament; no other entrant came close to the amount of attention received by these two. Both had the hopes of their nation riding on their shoulders: for Lin, defending the Olympic singles’ title was considered a top priority for the Chinese delegation. For Lee, it was a chance to take home Malaysia’s first Olympic gold medal.

Lin and Lee lived up to expectations, dominating the event as they charged into the finals and surrendering only one round each along the way. In the final, Lin took the first round and Lee the second, leading to a decisive final round where the Chinese competitor edged out his opponent 21-19 in a hard-earned victory. The bronze medal match was won by China’s third-ranked Chen Long, who overcame seventh-ranked Lee Hyeon-Il of South Korea 21-12, 15-21, 21-15.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Lin Dan 28 China CHN Gold
2 Lee Chong Wei 29 Malaysia MAS Silver
3 Chen Long 23 China CHN Bronze
4 Lee Hyeon-Il 32 South Korea KOR
5T Parupalli Kashyap 25 India IND
5T Peter Høeg Gade 35 Denmark DEN
5T Chen Jin 26 China CHN
5T Sho Sasaki 30 Japan JPN
9T Simon Santoso 26 Indonesia INA
9T Niluka Karunaratne 27 Sri Lanka SRI
9T Vincent Wong 22 Hong Kong HKG
9T Son Wan-Ho 24 South Korea KOR
9T Jan Ø. Jørgensen 24 Denmark DEN
9T Marc Zwiebler 28 Germany GER
9T Kevin Cordón 25 Guatemala GUA
9T Taufik Hidayat 30 Indonesia INA
17T Vladimir Ivanov 25 Russia RUS
17T Kenichi Tago 23 Japan JPN
17T Ville Lång 27 Finland FIN
17T Przemysław Wacha 31 Poland POL
17T Scott Evans 24 Ireland IRL
17T Rodrigo Pacheco 29 Peru PER
17T Derek Wong 23 Singapore SIN
17T Raul Must 24 Estonia EST
17T Dmytro Zavadskiy 23 Ukraine UKR
17T Brice Leverdez 26 France FRA
17T Rajiv Ouseph 25 Great Britain GBR
17T Pablo Abián 27 Spain ESP
17T Nguyễn Tiến Minh 29 Vietnam VIE
17T Boonsak Ponsana 30 Thailand THA
17T Virgil Soeroredjo 27 Suriname SUR
17T Pedro Martins 22 Portugal POR
33T Henri Hurskainen 25 Sweden SWE
33T Edwin Ekiring 28 Uganda UGA
33T Mohamed Ajfan Rasheed 22 Maldives MDV
33T Misha Zilberman 23 Israel ISR
33T Hsu Jen-Hao 20 Chinese Taipei TPE
33T Petr Koukal 26 Czech Republic CZE
33T Michael Lahnsteiner 28 Austria AUT
33T Yuhan Tan 25 Belgium BEL