Malaysia's badminton king Lee Chong Wei was pushed all of the way by telephone 1 Kidambi Srikanth but prevailed 19-21 2114 21-14 to draw the curtain back on his own Commonwealth video games career with a third males's gold medal on Sunday. He won his first silver medal in 2008, also the first time a Malaysian had reached the finals in the men's singles event.
The Malaysian took off to a splendid start of 5-0, before Srikanth paved his way through in to bag four consecutive points on a roll.
Lee, now ranked seventh in the world, stormed back in the second to take it 21-14, then stepped up another gear to clinch the decider by the same emphatic score. Before the 2018 CWG, Srikanth and Chong Wei had last met in 2015 Sudirman Cup, where the Indian fell to the Malaysian legend in just two games.
Srikanth defeated Chong Wei in the mixed team event gold medal match in Gold Coast. Two back to back smashes followed by an error from Srikanth took Lee three points up in no time.
If rankings in the world sport are anything to go by, Indian ace shuttler Kidambi Srikanth added another laurel to his loaded hat as he stormed his way into the top rung of BWF men's ranking, replacing Denmark's Viktor Axelson from the elite list. Srikanth had started well, taking the the lead initially. Lee was on a completely different level in the next game. The Indian narrowly won the first set 21-19. Trying as he might, Srikanth did everything to launch a comeback, but such was Lee's brilliance that he was restricted to 14 points.
"It's a very emotional moment because I've been waiting for one good, big victory after that disappointing [second-round] loss at Rio where I had to retire because of my injury and had to go through surgery".
Lee Chong Wei emerged triumphant in the second set 21-14. Datuk Seri Najib Razak congratulated Datuk Lee Chong Wei for contributing a gold medal in the men's single final at the 2018 Commonwealth Games today.