Participants

Chong Wei LEE

Chong Wei LEE
    Badminton
Birth Date:  21 Oct 1982
Place of Birth:  PERAK
Country of birth:  MAS
Age:  35
Gender:   Men

Weight (Kg):  0

Events and Medals


Sport Event Rank
BDM Badminton Men's Singles 1 Gold
Mixed Team Event 2 Silver

Chong Wei LEE - Schedule


Schedule
Time Event Status
Thu, 5 Apr 14:01
Mixed Team Event Group Play Stage - Group D
Malaysia
5
Ghana
0
Finished
Fri, 6 Apr 9:01
Mixed Team Event Group Play Stage - Group D
Malaysia
5
Seychelles
0
Finished
Fri, 6 Apr 19:01
Mixed Team Event Group Play Stage - Group D
Malaysia
4
Canada
1
Finished
Sat, 7 Apr 17:31
Mixed Team Event Quarterfinal 4
Scotland
0
Malaysia
3
Finished
Sun, 8 Apr 17:31
Mixed Team Event Semifinal
England
0
Malaysia
3
Finished
Mon, 9 Apr 17:31
Gold Medal Event Mixed Team Event Gold Medal Match
India
3
Malaysia
1
Finished
Wed, 11 Apr 20:35
Men's Singles Round of 32
Benjamin LI
0
Chong Wei LEE
2
Finished
Thu, 12 Apr 20:10
Men's Singles Round of 16
Brian KASIRYE
0
Chong Wei LEE
2
Finished
Fri, 13 Apr 19:30
Men's Singles Quarterfinal
Kean Yew LOH
0
Chong Wei LEE
2
Finished
Sat, 14 Apr 13:30
Men's Singles Semifinal
H. S. PRANNOY
1
Chong Wei LEE
2
Finished
Sun, 15 Apr 11:00
Gold Medal Event Men's Singles Gold Medal Match
Srikanth KIDAMBI
1
Chong Wei LEE
2
Finished

Biographical Information


Highlights
Commonwealth Games
YearLocationEventRank
2010 Delhi, IND Men's Singles 1
2010 Delhi, IND Mixed Team 1
2006 Melbourne, AUS Men's Singles 1
2006 Melbourne, AUS Mixed Team 1

Olympic Games
YearLocationEventRank
2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA Men's Singles 2
2012 London, GBR Men's Singles 2
2008 Beijing, CHN Men's Singles 2
2004 Athens, GRE Men's Singles R16

World Championships
YearLocationEventRank
2017 Glasgow, SCO Men's Singles R64
2015 Jakarta, INA Men's Singles 2
2014 Copenhagen, DEN Men's Singles DSQ
2013 Guangzhou, CHN Men's Singles 2
2011 London, ENG Men's Singles 2
2010 Paris, FRA Men's Singles QF
2009 Hyderabad, IND Men's Singles QF
2007 Kuala Lumpur, MAS Men's Singles R16
2006 Madrid, ESP Men's Singles QF
2005 Anaheim, USA Men's Singles 3

Sudirman Cup
YearLocationEventRank
2017 Gold Coast, AUS Mixed Team 5
2015 Dongguan, CHN Mixed Team 5
2013 Kuala Lumpur, MAS Mixed Team 9
2011 Qingdao, CHN Mixed Team 5
2009 Guangzhou, CHN Mixed Team 3
2005 Beijing, CHN Mixed Team 9

Occupation

Athlete (Twitter, 17 May 2017)


Languages spoken

Chinese, English, Melayu


Coach

NATIONAL: HENDRAWAN (INA) (fourthofficial.com, 8 May 2017)


Position style

Right-handed


Sporting relatives

His wife, WONG Mew Choo (MAS), played badminton professionally and won two gold medals in the mixed team event at the Melbourne 2006 and Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games. (web.archive.org, 9 Nov 2012)


Injuries

Tore medial collateral ligament in left knee in February 2017, slipping on the court mats during training. Was cleared to play in the All England Open in March, nine days before the tournament. (scmp.com, 13 Mar 2017)


Suffered a thigh injury in July 2014, causing him to withdraw from the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. (bbc.co.uk, 5 Jul 2014)


Injured his wrist in 2012, but the problem affected him up to 2014. (bernama.com.my, 6 Aug 2014)


Tore an ankle tendon during a Thomas Cup match against Denmark in May 2012, sidelining him for two months. (thestar.com.my, 8 Nov 2013; thestar.com.my, 23 May 2012)


Reason

Started playing badminton at age 10 after his mother forbade him from playing basketball, due to the hot climate. His father took him to a badminton hall where the local coach asked to take him on as a student. "I always liked to try new things." (Facebook, 16 May 2017; bam.org.my, Sep 2016)


Ambition

Win the world championships men's singles. (BadmintonWorld.tv, 3 Jan 2017)


Memorable

Winning a silver medal in the men's singles competition at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. (bam.org.my, Sep 2016)


Hero

Chinese badminton player SUN Jun. "When I started picking up this sport, (SUN) was then the world champion. I really admire the way he played his game as he has quick reflexes and lightning speed on court, though he is just small in size." (badminton-information.com, 25 May 2008)


Influence

His family (bam.org.my, Sep 2016)


Additional information

HUMBLE START
His father had to support him and his four siblings on a monthly wage of RM800, so his first racket was borrowed from a family friend. "Although I knew (my father) had no money, he still made the effort to buy me a Pro Kennex racket." At age 13, LEE got a job at a local sports shop stringing rackets, asking the owner to set aside his entire wages to buy new rackets. "For one racket, I was paid RM1 and, in one day, I could string 20 to 30 rackets." His house was then broken into and his bag, containing four rackets, was stolen. "How can I play badminton, if I no longer had rackets? But his coach gave LEE two of his own." (themalaymailonline.com, 9 Oct 2016)


MOTHER KNOWS BEST
At 17, he left his family to train at the National Academy in Penang, but felt isolated. "I didn’t want to be a badminton player. But my mother said this was my chance to represent the country and not everyone had such an opportunity, so I couldn’t let it go to waste." (themalaymailonline.com, 9 Oct 2016)


TRAGEDY
During his semifinal match against LIN Dan (CHN) at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, a 62-year-old Malaysian fan had a fatal heart attack. According to the niece of the deceased, her uncle was extremely excited when LEE was leading 20-17 in the deciding set, but when LIN levelled the score at 20-20, her uncle appeared unwell and then became unconscious. LEE expressed his heartfelt condolences. (badmintonplanet.com, 27 Aug 2016)


FASTEST SHOT
Recorded the fastest smash in men's singles at the 2015 Hong Kong Open, recorded at 408km/h. (scmp.com, 12 May 2016)


DOPING
In August 2014, LEE tested positive for dexamethasone at the World Championships in Copenhagen and was temporarily suspended. The Badminton World Federation said that LEE had not intended to cheat, but had been negligent. Stripped of his silver medal from the 2014 World Championships, but was allowed to keep his two bronze medals from the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon. His suspension was lifted on 1 May 2015 and he returned to competition at the 2015 Sudirman Cup in Dongguan, China. "It was like going back to being 18, preparing for my first international tournament." (thestar.com.my, 6 Nov 2014; theguardian.com, 8 Nov 2014; bbc.com, 27 Apr 2015; BadmintonWorld.tv YouTube, 13 Jan 2016; thestar.com.my, 9 Jul 2015)


MILITARY
Named honorary Lieutenant Commander of the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve in July 2012 and, in October 2016, was given a promotion to Commander. (theborneopost.com, 6 Jul 2012; malaysiandigest.com, 7 Oct 2016)


ROYAL WEDDING
Married his girlfriend of 11 years in December 2012, fellow Malaysian badminton international WONG Mew Choo. Among the 1500 guests were the Malaysian King and Queen, who presented the couple with a gold badminton racket. (web.archive.org, 9 Nov 2012)


NATIONAL FIRST
At the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, became the first Malaysian badminton player to reach the men's singles final at the Olympic Games. His silver medal was the first time a Malaysian had won a medal, in any sport, since the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games. (asiaonenews, 20 Aug 2008; Daily Express News, 18 Aug 2008; howtobadminton.com, 17 Nov 2014)


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Legend

Gold: Gold
Silver: Silver
Bronze: Bronze
Gold Medal Event: Gold Medal Event
Bronze Medal Event: Bronze Medal Event

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