The greatest athlete of our time?

 
Legends like Federer, Tendulkar, Schumacher, Woods, Messi, Phelps, Rossi, Graff are often mentioned in tandem with terms like “Greatest ever”, “of all time”, “history” and “unprecedented athletes”. But there is one name that the Asian World will never forget—one that has gone under the radar for even most Indian sports fans. Shocking really, because this man can quite simply be called the greatest athlete of his time—despite all those names in the same bracket. His arena, his battlefield for conquest, is Badminton, a sport only now catching on in Indian circles due to the sustained excellence of Saina Nehwal, Kashyap and now Sindhu. What will astound most is that the man we’re talking about is not the no. 1 ranked player in Singles. He is in fact a lowly 18 as we speak.

 

Lin Dan, the Chinese badminton player, also known as ‘Super Dan’, is 30 years old and has dominated his sport in an unparalleled manner. His low ranking is down to the unexplainable ranking system, and also due to the fact that Dan participates in fewer tournaments compared to his rivals. He goes for the big ones, and he rarely ever fails in them. Lin Dan is to Badminton what Federer would have been to Tennis if he had managed to win more Majors after the age of 30, instead of inevitably falling to the younger, faster players in the semis or finals. Dan has been a machine, and for proof, look no further than the miserable Lee Chong Wei—his longtime eternal rival, who has won pretty much every smaller tournament under the sun, but has been denied an Olympic Gold, an Asian Gold and a World Championship Gold thanks to the existence of Dan in the same era. If there was ever a synonym for ‘bridesmaid’, Malaysian Wei would be first name on the list. One would say he must feel like Federer at the French Open in the same era as Nadal, but at least Federer has a French Open title, and many other Majors to go with it. Wei, the current World no. 1, has only managed two Commonwealth Gold medals (thanks to China not being a Commonwealth nation).

Back to Dan though, the Chinese star has—hold your breath—won all the nine major titles in Badminton. He is the only player in the history of Badminton to do so. His name often invokes comparisons to former greats like Wang Wang and Zhao Jianhua, but none of them won an Olympic title, and have 3 World titles between them. Dan meanwhile won everything there is to win, and did this by the age of 28 in 2011.

As of now, his Major titles read: Olympic Games (the only player to retain it at London 2012 after Beijing 2008), 5 World Championships, 2 World Cups, 5 Thomas Cups (Team), 4 Sudirman Cups (Team), 1 Super Series Masters Finals, 5 All England Open titles, 4 Asian Games Golds (including this one in 2014) and 3 Asian Championship Golds. Not to mention the 5 China and Hong Kong Open titles each. He has been runner-up at the All England Championships twice—the only major title he has allowed Wei to win over him, apart from minor ones like Japan and Korea.

 

His Asian Games Final victory at Incheon over 25 year-old and World no. 2 Chen Long extends his streak to 7 over the youngster without losing, this after defeating (once again) poor Wei in the semi-finals, who has had to settle for his second bronze Singles medal at the Games. Most heartbreaking for the Malaysian must have been the 2012 London Olympics final—a marathon match, one of the greatest of all time—where he went down 21-19 to Dan in the third game. 2012 was the same year in which Wei lost yet another All England Final to Dan, as well as the 2013 World Championship final to the same opponent. Dan has just one more career title than Wei (56 to his 55), but the has all the Majors in it, while Wei has had to make do with innumerable Malaysian Open and Indonesian Open titles, including 3 All England Open titles. 

Lin’s absence for 7 months in 2014 made sure that he dropped down the rankings to 104, before he returned to win the China Masters and another Asian title. He could not defend his 2014 World title though because of his low ranking, and lost in the Japan Open quarterfinals, before winning the Australian Open and now the Asian Games Gold.

 

He returns on a whim, much like current Tennis Women’s no. 1 Serena Williams, and finds within him the strength to defeat younger players, but definitely looks fitter and more agile than they are. Lately, even after losing the first game, he always come back to win the match—as if courting his opponent and reading his weaknesses for a game before pouncing for the kill. It all depends on his appetite for more, and he still has another year at the top at least, and will continue to haunt Wei till they retire together.

экспресс займы онлайн на киви кошелеккредит с плохой кредитной историей и просрочками

Did you like this blog?*
How did you find this blog?*
What kind of articles would you like to read on the blog?*
Name:*
E-mail:*

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


2 × one =

More in Other Sports

  • The King of Clay: In Numbers

    Contrary to popular opinion, Rafael Nadal, the current World No. 7, has enjoyed a stellar start to 2017. He may have...

    Rahul DesaiApril 20, 2017
  • The F1 Rivalry We Deserve

    Formula One needs this rivalry. It’s not because they’re exceptionally friendly with each other. God knows this good spirit and fist...

    Rahul DesaiApril 19, 2017
  • The Sweet Smell of Sergio Garcia

    Professional sport is full of fairytale endings. On Sunday, though, at the famous Augusta National for Golf’s most prestigious major event,...

    Rahul DesaiApril 10, 2017
  • 5 Reasons the Federer-Nadal Rivalry has Turned

    On Sunday at the second ATP Masters 1000 event of the year in Miami, Roger Federer wrote another time-defying chapter in...

    Rahul DesaiApril 3, 2017
  • The Many Resurgences of Roger Federer

    Roger Federer has spent more than half his life as a professional tennis player on the ATP tour. In August this...

    Rahul DesaiMarch 23, 2017
  • The Sports Week That Was and Will Be

    While a bunch of Oscar-nominated contenders make their way into Indian screens on the eve of the 89th Academy Awards –...

    Rahul DesaiFebruary 24, 2017
  • Neymar – The Modern Pele?

    Neymar da Silva Santos Junior, simply known as Neymar, has taken the football world by storm ever since he made his...

    Dharm PatelFebruary 5, 2017
  • Cristiano Ronaldo – Truly the Greatest

    Cristiano Ronaldo is a name everyone is aware of, whether they follow football or not. He just cannot be ignored, the superstar...

    Dharm PatelFebruary 5, 2017
  • Because of Roger Federer

    14 years ago, new to the big city, still in a state of culture shock, I made my way to my...

    Rahul DesaiJanuary 30, 2017

All articles/blogs are intended to inform, entertain and amuse. We make no representations or guarantees about the truth, accuracy or quality of any content.

Copyright 2016 © Bigtree Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. All Rights Reserved

Subscribe To Our Newsletter
Subscribe to our email newsletter today to receive updates on the latest news!
Thank You For Subscribing To Us!

Now get regular updates on the latest entertainment news and style trends.

Providing you with the best of Bollywood, Hollywood, style and more.
Get the best in entertainment, while keeping yourself entertained!
We respect your privacy. Your information is safe and will never be shared.
Don't miss out. Subscribe today.
×
×
WordPress Popup