Professional Badminton Player
Dato’Lee Chong Wei (born 21 October 1982) is a Malaysian professional badminton player.
As a singles player, Lee was ranked first worldwide for 199 consecutive weeks from 21 August 2008 to 14 June 2012.
He is the fourth Malaysian player after Rashid Sidek,
Roslin Hashim and Wong Choong Hann to achieve such a ranking (since official rankings were first kept in the 1980s),
and is the only Malaysian shuttler to hold the number one ranking for more than a year.
Dato’Lee Chong Wei is triple silver medalist at the Olympic Games,and the sixth Malaysian to win an Olympic medal.
He won his first silver medal in 2008, also the first time a Malaysian had reached the finals in the men’s singles event.
This achievement earned him the title Dato’, and led to Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak describing him as a national hero.
He repeated the achievement twice more in 2012 and 2016,
thus making him the most successful Malaysian Olympian in history.-Justplay
Dato’Lee Chong Wei was born in Bagan Serai, Perak,to a Malaysian Chinese family.
Dato’Lee Chong Wei In his early years, he favored basketball, however his mother soon banned him from the game due to the searing heat of the outdoor basketball court.
Lee began to learn badminton at the age of 11, when his father, who liked to play the game, brought him to the badminton hall.
Attracting the attention of a local coach,
the coach asked Lee’s father if he could take him as a student. After receiving his father’s consent, the coach began to train Lee after school.
Discovered by Misbun Sidek, he was drafted into the national squad when he was seventeen years old.
Lee picked up only one title in 2002 and 2003, reaching the final of the 2003 Malaysia Open (his first final of a major tournament) where he was defeated by Chen Hong of China.
Lee then secured two titles in 2004, the Malaysia Open and the Chinese Taipei Open. Lee gained a spot for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.
In his first Olympic appearance, Lee defeated Ng Wei of Hong Kong in the first round. His journey ended in the second round when he was defeated by Chen Hong.
Lee scored another two titles in 2005, his second Malaysia Open title and the Denmark Open.
Lee won a bronze in his first appearance in the world meet, the 2005 World Championships after losing to eventual winner Taufik Hidayat in the semi-final.
Lee won three titles out of six finals in 2006.
He was crowned as the winner of the Swiss Open.
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