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He nailed the last point, and the celebrations began.

“There’s only one Lin Dan in the world,” Chong Wei said.

A short time earlier, the teammate groomed to replace him won the bronze medal. Chen Long defeated Lee Hyun-il of South Korea 21-15, 15-21, 21-15.

“I am happy even though I didn’t manage to get to the (final),” Chen said. “I still hope to win the gold medal in the future.”

For bronze in men’s doubles, Chung Jae-sung and Lee Yong-dae of South Korea beat Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong of Malaysia 23-21, 21-10.

It was Lee’s second Olympic medal. He won the mixed doubles gold in Beijing.