Two-time Chinese Olympic champion Lin Dan, widely regarded as one of the best badminton players, has retired. The 36-year-old won the men’s individual gold in Beijing 2008 and London 2012, as well as five world championships and six England titles.
In 2011, he became the first badminton player to seal the sport’s ‘Super Grand Slam’ by winning all nine major titles. “I have dedicated everything to the sport I love,” Lin said. “My family, coaches, teammates and fans have accompanied me in many happy moments and difficult moments.
“My physical condition and my pain no longer allow me to fight alongside my teammates.” Lin’s rivalry with Malaysian opponent Lee Chong Wei has been considered the largest in badminton history. Of his 40 meetings, Lin won 28.