Malaysians bid farewell to yet another sports titan – Dato’ Lee Chong Wei.
Last weekend was probably one of the most memorable Father’s Day for our Malaysian star athlete – Dato’ Lee Chong Wei, since the announcement of his retirement on June 13th.
Happy Father’s Day to all the great dads and papas around the world ! Give yourself a pat at the back . Memang not easy to be a dad . Playing toys with them is as tough as playing doubles with Koo-Tan or Wee Kiong-Vshem.
— Dato' Lee Chong Wei (@LeeChongWei) June 16, 2019
Although Malaysians may not have been as shooketh by it, we were definitely equally sad by the news.
To many of us, Dato’ Lee Chong Wei may just be a legendary badminton player, but in a FB post that he wrote, following his retirement, revealed Datuk Lee Chong Wei’s deepest heart desire – to be a great father.
Well, we certainly cannot tahan but feel sad upon hearing the news, but us Malaysians will always be supporting this legend in all his decisions, right? Here at Sevenpie, we’ve compiled 5 memorable wins by Datuk Lee Chong Wei to remember all that he has done for our country:
1. Bringing Back Three Silvers From The Olympics
Winning not just one Silver at the Olympic Games, Dato’ Lee Chong Wei brought back 3 Silver Medals – making him not just any National sportsperson, but a history-making Malaysian Olympian. His first Silver Medal was during Beijing 2008, followed by London 2012 and Rio De Janeiro 2016.
2. Ranked #1 Worldwide for 6 years
The many wins from Dato’ Lee Chong Wei as a Singles Player, earned him as #1 Worldwide for as long as 6 years including the 199-streak from 21 August 2008 to 14 June 2012.
3. The 2006 Malaysian Open Final
Where Dato’ Lee Chong Wei first beat all-time rivalry, Lin Dan. Although rivalry at court, both of these badminton titans are close friends off-court. Lin Dan even dedicated a Chinese song titled “Don’t Cry My Friend” during Dato’ Lee’s retirement followed by these words:
Now I’m left alone, I no longer have a companion – Lin Dan on Weibo
4. Competed In 4 World Championships
And brought back 3 Silver medals and 1 Bronze, namely, Anaheim 2005, London 2011, Guangzhou 2013, and Jakarta 2015.
5. Earned 69 Singles Titles
Throughout Dato’ Lee Chong Wei’s 19-year career, he has made Malaysia very proud by earning a total of 705 wins and 69 titles including four All England titles.