Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Famous Penangites: Datuk Lee Chong Wei
With the Thomas Cup finals currently being played in Malaysia, what better time to honor & provide support to our fellow Penangite Datuk Lee Chong Wei. I'm sure he will lead the team well and rewrite the history of 1992. To me, his three most memorable performance of his career are the 2008 Olympics runners-up, 2010 All-England Champion and 2006 Malaysian Open Champion, where he came back from the brink of defeat to beat Lin Dan. In 2006, Chong Wei somehow saved eight match points to subdue then World No.1 Lin Dan to win his 3rd consecutive Malaysia Open title in Kuching.
Datuk Lee Chong Wei (simplified Chinese: 李宗伟; traditional Chinese: 李宗偉; pinyin: Lǐ Zōngwěi, born in Bukit Mertajam, Penang; October 21, 1982) is a professional badminton player from Malaysia who resides in Bukit Mertajam. Lee won the silver medal in the 2008 Olympic Games, thus becoming the first Malaysian to reach the final of the men's singles event and ending Malaysia's Olympic medal drought since the 1996 Games. This achievement also earned him the title Datuk, and a description by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak as national hero.
In his early years (during primary school in SRJK(C) Jit Sin (B)), Berapit, Lee favoured basketball, however his mother soon banned him from that activity due to the searing heat of the outdoor basketball court. Lee began to learn badminton at the age of 11, when his father, who liked to play the game, brought him to the badminton hall. Attracting the attention of a local coach, the coach asked Lee's father if he could take him as a student. After receiving the nod from his father, the coach began to train Lee after school. Discovered by Misbun Sidek, he was drafted into the national squad when he was seventeen years old.
Datuk Lee Chong Wei now is a proud owner of Nissan GTR.
Watch how he beat Kenichin Tago en route to winning the 2010 All-England title.