Badminton great Lee seals Commonwealth hat-trick

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Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei thwarted the challenge of Indian superstar Kidambi Srikanth and won the badminton men's singles final match played at Commonwealth Games 2018 in Gold Coast, Australia. The Indian has already beaten Wei at the CWG- in the final of the mixed team event where India brushed aside the Malaysian challenge to win gold.

In the apex clash of Men's Singles Badminton contest at the Games, Srikanth comfortably defeated England's Rajiv Ouseph in the semi-final on Saturday and, cruised to the finale of the event.

A slight moment of drama came in the second game when it seemed Lee had struck the shuttle twice to claim a point but was not penalised for it and the match went on despite Srikanth's protest.

Srikanth, however, ensured that he gave a tough fight to the Malaysian, who has won two mixed team gold medals, before going down badly in the deciding game.

The Indian breezed away with a 11-8 lead midway into the second game. India's coach just sat there, unmoved in his chair by the court sidelines as Srikanth dispatched a smash into the net, shut his eyes and winced, nearly as if not wanting to take a second look at his schoolboy error.

Slowly silently he walked through and finally with a big inside-out smash into the open court, the Indian took over Lee for the first time in the game, heading into the mid-set interval with a two-point cushion. The first set ended in favour of Srikanth 21-19. Lee led 18-10 at one point and looked comfortable to the course of victory. Trying as he might, Srikanth did everything to launch a comeback, but such was Lee's brilliance that he was restricted to 14 points. The Malaysian was off to a great start and by the break, he lead Srikanth 11-5. Srikanth tried reducing the deficit but Lee was simply too hot to handle. The first time I lost as well as the time would be your last in one person.

Lee Chong Wei now boasts a trophy haul that includes three Olympic silver medals and three Commonwealth singles golds.