Lee may face Super Dan in semis
SHUTTLERS Lin Dan of China and Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei, arch-rivals and finalists in the last two Olympic men's singles competition, will not be clashing for a third gold medal in Rio de Janeiro.
Top seed Lee may face the two-time Olympic title-holder - nicknamed Super Dan - in the semi-finals this time but he is not thinking that far ahead.
"The draw is okay for me, compared to others, but I want to take it one match at a time.
"I know Lin Dan is in the same half with me but I don't want to think until the semis yet," said Lee, who has an easier route to the semi-finals as he is likely to meet Taiwan's sixth-seeded Chou Tien-chen in the last eight.
Lee, who won the silver in Beijing in 2008 and in London four years ago, should breeze through to win Group A, which includes Soren Opti of Surinam and Derek Wong of Singapore.
The winners of the group stages in the singles will qualify for the knockout rounds.
Lee has been given a bye into the last eight as one of the top two seeds.
Third-seeded Lin will not have it easy to reach the medal rounds as he could meet fifth seed Jan Jorgensen of Denmark in the last eight.
With the whole nation expecting him to deliver the gold medal, Lee said he is okay dealing with it.
"I hope I can do well in my fourth and last Olympics.
"I've learnt over the years how to deal with pressure.
"I will fight in every match and, if I lose after giving my best, it's perhaps fated," said the 33-year-old from Penang, who will be the Malaysian flag bearer in Rio.
The shuttlers leave for Rio today.
ASIA NEWS NETWORK