Newly-crowned world no.1 Kidambi Srikanth settled for a silver in the men's singles circuit after ace Malaysian shuttler Lee Chong Wei outsmarted the Indian 21-19, 21-14, 21-14 to bag the gold medal at Commonwealth Games 2018.
His decoration is shown by Gold medallist Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia.
Kidambi Srikanth had earlier defeated Lee Chong Wei in the mixed team event where the Guntur lad won 21-17, 21-14.
It is the third gold medal for Chong Wei in the Commonwealth Games edition in the men's single after winning it in 2006 and 2010.
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Srikanth went some way to justifying his lofty ranking as he raced ahead 21-19 in the first game of the final on Australia's Gold Coast.
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Lee's lackadaisical approach improved considerably thereafter and after leading 11-9 at the interval, he displayed some of the many stylish shots in his armoury to draw level and stay afloat in the high-intensity match, which was as much about elegance as sheer power. India's coach just sat there, unmoved in his chair by the court sidelines as Srikanth dispatched a smash into the net, shut his eyes and winced, nearly as if not wanting to take a second look at his schoolboy error. By the time, it seemed like Srikanth started losing the momentum and this is when Lee picked up pace.
The Indian breezed away with a 11-8 lead midway into the second game.
Chong Wei did fight back in the opening game and ran his opponent close but Srikanth managed to pocket the first game and then regained the lead at 9-8 in the second game with a flurry of jump smashes and looked the better player.
Lee, now ranked seventh in the world, stormed back in the second to take it 21-14, then stepped up another gear to clinch the decider by the same emphatic score. Lee continued to plunder points as will before closing off the game by a comfortable margin to seal the title. Lee was simply all over the court and had answers to everything Srikanth threw at him.
"In one week, I played him two times in finals".