China's Lin Dan competes during the men's singles badminton semifinal against Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Aug. Lee Chong Wei beat Lin Dan with 2:1.(Xinhua/Wang Peng) Olympic badminton champion Lin Dan apologized on Thursday for cheating on his wife, hours after the affair was exposed online. Lin’s post received more than 100,000 comments within 20 minutes of being published, some saying “I’m really so disappointed that my idol did such shameful thing” while some said “it doesn’t change all the glories he won for the country”.
Photos featuring the two-time Olympic champion, who became a father two weeks ago, dating a woman during his wife Xie Xingfang’s pregnancy were posted by entertainment reporter Zhao Wu’er on micro blog service Sina Weibo on Thursday morning. One of the country’s most high-profile couples, Lin and Xie, who is also a badminton world champion, started dating in 2004 and got married six years later. Dubbed “Super Dan” in China, Lin is the only man to have retained the Olympic singles title — in 20 — and the most successful singles player in the World Championships, winning five times between 20.
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1 Lee, top seed, suffered a 19-21 19-21 loss to Hong Kong's Wei Nan, ranked World No. Two more top 10 players bite the dust in men's singles at the Siri Fort Sports Complex here.
While Xue Song saw off Denmark Jan O Jorgensen, seeded 3rd, 21-18 15-21 21-14 to emerge as the only surviving Chinese in men's singles, Germany's Marc Zwiebler stunned Chinese seventh seed Tian Houwei, who had reached the finals of the All England Championship, 18-21 21-19 23-21 in a thrilling contest in the men's singles.
She will now take on Korea's Bae Yeon Ju, who beat Japan's Yui Hashimoto 21-16 21-10 in another match.
Later in the day, Saina saw off Nitchaon Jindapol of Thailand 21-19 21-14 to set up a clash with Korean fifth seed Sung Ji Hyun.