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Shuttler Lin dreams of time travel
World and Olympic champ wants to pick up tips from his younger self in 2012 quest.
Last Modified: 18 May 2009 12:08 GMT

Lin is doing pretty well without any help from young Lin [AFP]
Super shuttler Lin Dan has revealed his time machine dream after destroying every challenger in China's latest Badminton triumph.

The Olympic champion showed no mercy as the Chinese won the Sudirman world championships for a seventh time in Guangzhou – while swatting aside Malaysian world No1 Lee Chong Wei in the semi-finals.

But world champ Dan said he wasn’t happy with his powerhouse display, and wanted to travel back in time to pick up some training tips from his younger self.

Lin lessons

"I hope I can return to the Dan I was before 2008, and train myself as I used to," Lin said.

"My present goal is the 2012 London Olympics. I hope I can deal with it in better form."

After being named 2008 Player of the Year by the World Badminton Federation, the 25-year-old said the increased success had also brought greater pressure.

The third successive Sudirman Cup victory is the 63rd world title for China.

Head coach Li Yongbo said the Chinese were still far from "unbeatable", but was confident their dominance in the sport would continue for some time.

"My biggest dream is that my son can become the 100th badminton world champion of China," said Li, whose 17-year-old son, Li Gen, has entered the national junior team as a doubles player.

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