Lee Chong Wei in action during the Commonwealth Games Men’s Singles Gold Medal Match at Carrara Sports Arena 2, Gold Coast, Australia, April 15, 2018. — Reuters picGOLD COAST, April 15 — Malaysian great Lee Chong Wei roared back from a game down to beat India’s new world number one Kidambi Srikanth and win his third Commonwealth Games singles gold today.
The 25-year-old Srikanth, who only reached the top ranking on Thursday, went some to justifying that lofty position as he raced ahead 21-19 in the first game of the final on Australia’s Gold Coast.
Lee, a decade older than his opponent and approaching the end of one of badminton’s great careers, stormed back in the second to take it 21-14. He stepped up another gear to clinch the deciding game 21-14.
Overcome with joy, the Malaysian collapsed on the court, lying flat on his back with his hands over his face.
Lee, who had most of the crowd on his side, now boasts a trophy haul that includes three Olympic silver medals and three Commonwealth singles golds.
His last Commonwealth singles title came at Delhi 2010 after missing the 2014 Glasgow Games with injury.