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Lin Dan repeats Olympic glory
China sweeps all five titles at the All England Badminton Championships.
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2009 23:18 GMT

Lin Dan powers China to total dominance of the championships [GALLO/GETTY]
World and Olympic badminton champion Lin Dan of China clinched his fourth All England title with a 21-19 21-12 victory over world number one Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia on Sunday.

The success formed part of a clean sweep for China who took all five titles for the first time.

Denmark also achieved the feat in 1948.

The men's singles was a repeat of last year's Olympic final in Beijing where Lin swept to a 21-12 21-8 success.

In control

It was tougher on Sunday but, apart from a brief spell in the first game when the top seed led 19-17, second seed Lin was generally in control.

He rattled off four points in a row to take the game and reeled off seven points in succession to clinch a ninth triumph over his big rival in 10 meetings.

Lin, making his sixth appearance in a row in the final, also won the title in 2004, 2006 and 2007.

"There were a couple of times in the first game when I was not quite handling it but I managed to keep my form and I think I played well," he said.

"I can stay focused a lot better these days and I think that makes me a better player."

Capacity crowd

A capacity crowd of around 4,500 at the National Indoor Arena warmed to a high-class contest.

"I lost my focus on a few points but I played a lot better than I did at the Olympics.

"Psychologically, Lin Dan is difficult for me to beat," said runner-up Wei.

The women's final produced an upset when unseeded Chinese Wang Yihan, world number 17, downed Danish defending champion and world number one Tine Rasmussen 21-19 21-23 21-11.

"I didn't have any pressure on me. I just played the game I know and enjoyed it," Wang said.

China's sweep was completed by the men's doubles pairing of Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng who beat South Korea's Han Sang-hoon and Hwang Ji-man 21-17 21-15.

Although China won all five titles at the world championships in Beijing in 1987 they had never previously done so at the All Englands.

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