gold rush

September 4, 2008

We should have known it wasn’t going too well when we got to the mamak to watch Lee Chong Wei battle China’s Lin Dan for the Olympic gold in badminton… and the assembled crowd was near silent. Mr. Snow and I hijacked a table from a friendly gentleman (who subsequently felt he had to ask ‘You don’t mind, I eat first?’ when his dinner came) and settled in to watch the match.

Lee put up a fight during the first set at least, but by the time the second set came round, the shell-shocked look on his face made patently clear that he was outclassed and being outplayed, and was far from a position to attack.

The initial cheers of support were soon reduced to disappointed mutterings, and all too soon Malaysia had to shelve its gold medal dream for another 4 years. As soon as the match was over almost everyone upped and left for home dejectedly. Now we’ll never know if the rumours of an extra public holiday had he won were true…

In the aftermath there was much mumbling about the home court advantage, strategy (and the lack there of), the rings and watches Lee had on while playing… business as usual then for the rumour mill. Doesn’t take away from Datuk Lee’s silver achievement, and a fair outcome for the world No 2. Congratulations to him!


2 Responses to “gold rush”

  1. lim Says:

    come on lee chong wei always always always wears his rings and watches, that wont change, as for lin dan that day was special chong wei may aswell had been anyone however suspicious that lin dan hasnt played any tournaments since then:0 wonder why;)

  2. sunburn Says:

    love the conspiracy theories, keep them coming!

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