Lin Dan: China’s two-time Olympic champion retires from badminton

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Lin Dan holds his London 2012 gold medal aloft
Lin Dan retained his males’s singles title at London 2012

China’s two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan, broadly seen as one among badminton’s biggest ever gamers, has retired.

The 36-year-old received males’s singles gold at Beijing 2008 and London 2012, in addition to 5 World Championship and 6 All England titles.

In 2011, he turned the primary badminton participant to seal the game’s ‘Super Grand Slam’ by successful all 9 of its main titles.

“I’ve dedicated everything to the sport I love,” Lin stated.

“My household, coaches, team-mates and followers have accompanied me via many comfortable instances and troublesome moments.

“My physical fitness and pain no longer allow me to fight side by side with my team-mates.”

Lin’s rivalry with Malaysian opponent Lee Chong Wei has lengthy been thought to be the best in badminton’s historical past. Of their 40 conferences, Lin received 28.