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Lin Dan vs Jonatan Christie | Singapore Open 2016 | Badminton Highlights
Lin Dan (born October 14, 1983) is a Chinese professional badminton player. He is a two-time Olympic champion, five-time World champion, as well as a six-time All England champion.
Widely regarded as the greatest badminton player of all time, by the age of 28 Lin had completed the “Super Grand Slam”, having won all nine major titles in the badminton world: Olympic Games, World Championships, World Cup, Thomas Cup, Sudirman Cup, Super Series Masters Finals, All England Open, Asian Games, and Asian Championships, becoming the first and only player to achieve this feat. He also became the first men’s singles player to retain the Olympic gold medal by winning in 2008 and defending his title in 2012. Winning the Malaysian Open in 2017 marked Lin’s success in having won every major title in the badminton world.
In 2004, he was dubbed “Super Dan” by opponent Peter Gade after winning the All England Open final, and the nickname has since been widely used by his fans as well as the media to refer to him, in recognition of his achievements
Lin was born to a Hakka family in Shanghang County, Longyan, Fujian. At a young age, Lin Dan was encouraged to learn to play the piano by his parents, and to be a pianist. However, he chose to play badminton instead. Having started his training at the age of five, he was scouted by the People’s Liberation Army Sports Team after winning the National Junior Championships aged twelve, and was enlisted into the Chinese National Badminton Team in 2001, when he was 18.
Lin has been in a relationship with Xie Xingfang, herself a former world champion, since 2003. They were quietly engaged on December 13, 2010 in Haizhu, Guangzhou. Xie initially denied but later acknowledged romantic involvement with Lin, who reacted angrily at the public exposure of their relationship, citing reasons of personal privacy. The two were married on September 23, 2012 and the wedding ceremony was held at the Beijing University of Technology.
Lin had five tattoos visible during the 2012 Summer Olympics. His upper left arm has a Christian cross, his lower left arm has five stars, his right upper arm reads “until the end of world”, a double “F” lettering on his lower right arm, and his initials “LD” are tattoed on the back of his neck. These tattoos have been the subject of controversy due to his military and religious status.
On October 17, 2012, he became the first active Chinese badminton player to accept a master’s degree, which was presented at Huaqiao University. His autobiography, Until the End of the World, was published after he successfully defended his Olympic title at the London 2012 Olympics
Jonatan Christie (born 15 September 1997), also known by his nickname “Jojo”, is an Indonesian badminton player. He is from PB. Tangkas Specs, a badminton club from Jakarta, capital city of Indonesia and plays in men’s singles discipline.
In July 2013, he won his first international senior title at the age of 15 in Indonesia International Challenge, after beating the experienced Alamsyah Yunus who is 11 years older than him in the final by 21–17, 21–10. In 2014 edition of Indonesia International Challenge, he also reached final only to lose to the Korean veteran Lee Hyun-il by 5 sets, 10–11, 11–9, 11–5, 8–11, 3–11.
In the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, he won with a 21-18, 20-22, 21-15 victory over Taiwan’s Chou Tien-Chen and took the Badminton Men’s Singles gold medal for Indonesia
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