Lin Dan

This is a Chinese name; the family name is Lin (林).
Lin Dan
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Personal information
Nickname(s) Super Dan
Birth name 林丹
Date of birth October 14, 1983 (1983-10-14) (age 27)
Place of birth People's Republic of China Longyan, Fujian, China
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 70 kg (150 lb; 11 st)
Country China
Handedness Left
Men Singles
Highest Ranking 1 (February 26, 2004[1])
Current Ranking 3 (September, 2010)
BWF Profile
Medal record
Competitor for China
Men’s badminton
Olympic Games
Gold 2008 Beijing Men’s Singles
Asian Games
Gold 2006 Doha Team
Silver 2006 Doha Men’s Singles
Bronze 2002 Busan Team
World Championships
Gold 2009 Hyderabad Men’s Singles
Gold 2007 Kuala Lumpur Men’s Singles
Gold 2006 Madrid Men’s Singles
Silver 2005 Anaheim Men’s Singles
Sudirman Cup
Gold 2009 Guangzhou Team
Gold 2007 Glasgow Team
Gold 2005 Beijing Team
Silver 2003 Eindhoven Team
Thomas Cup
Gold 2010 Kuala Lumpur Team
Gold 2008 Jakarta Team
Gold 2006 Tokyo Team
Gold 2004 Jakarta Team
Bronze 2002 Guangzhou Team

Lin Dan (simplified Chinese: 林丹; traditional Chinese: 林丹; pinyin: Lín Dān; born October 14, 1983 in Longyan, Fujian) is a badminton player from China. Of Hakka ancestry, he has been nicknamed “Super Dan” (超级丹) by his fans.[2][3][4] While some consider Lin as the greatest player of his generation,[5] others hail him to be among the greatest of all time.[6][7]

Lin won the men’s singles gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games (2008). He is the only male player in badminton history to have won three consecutive titles at the World Championships (2006, 2007 and 2009).[8] Lin was also a 4-time title holder of the All-England Open (2004, 2006, 2007 and 2009) and has helped China win four consecutive Thomas Cup (Men’s Team World Badminton Championships) (2004, 2006, 2008, and 2010) and three consecutive Sudirman Cup (World Team Championships) (2005, 2007, and 2009).


Lin became one of the dominant players of men’s singles, winning nine top tier international championships between 2002 and 2004. In a surprise loss, he was eliminated as the no.1 seed in the first round of the badminton men’s singles in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. However, he has continued his dominance in international tournaments and has often been ranked number one in the world since early 2004, although Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia overtook him in 2006 and again in 2009.

[edit] 2004

By the beginning of 2004, Lin Dan was already world number one at age 20. He started off the year by winning his first All England title by beating Peter Gade of Denmark. He continued to shine as he won the Swiss Open and the Denmark Open by defeating his senior teammate and former world number one Xia Xuanze. He also went on to take the German Open and the China Open, beating his compatriot and good friend Bao Chunlai. In May, Lin Dan also played a major role in bringing the Thomas Cup back to China after a long domination by Indonesia.


In 2005, Lin Dan won his “warm-up” tournament for the All England, the German Open, after beating Malaysia’s Muhammad Hafiz Hashim. However he lost his All England title to compatriot Chen Hong. In May 2005, Lin Dan and his compatriots brought back the Sudirman Cup to China, where in 2003 they had lost to South Korea. In August, Lin Dan reached his first World Championship final in Anaheim, USA, but lost to the talented Indonesian, Taufik Hidayat. Even so, he managed to claim more titles at the China Masters and the Hong Kong Open.


Lin Dan started 2006 by recapturing the All England championship by overcoming Lee Hyun-il of South Korea. He carried on his reign as the world number one when he swept the Chinese Taipei Open, the Macau Open, Hong Kong Open and Japan Open. In September 2006, Lin Dan won his first World Championship by beating fellow compatriot Bao Chunlai in a three game thriller 18–21, 21–17, 21–12. Subsequently, Lin Dan regained his world number one status which had been briefly occupied by Lee Chong Wei. Lin Dan lost once again to Taufik Hidayat, this time in the final of the Asian Games in Doha.

Earlier in May, Lin Dan and his teammates extended China’s supremacy in the Thomas Cup event in Tokyo, Japan. Lin Dan beat Peter Gade in the first mens singles match in straight sets 21–17, 21–19 as China shut out Denmark 3–0 in the final.


Lin Dan entered 2007 with a loss at the Malaysia Open, losing to South Korea’s Park Sung-hwan in the round of 16. The losing streak did not last long as a week later he captured the Korea Open after defeating his fellow national player Chen Jin. He went on to win the German Open and then the All England championships again, crushing compatriot Chen Yu 21–13, 21–12. In June, Lin Dan was part of Team China in the Sudirman Cup, which was held in Glasgow, Scotland. The Chinese team brought home the cup after beating Indonesia 3–0 in the final. Later in the season Lin Dan ousted Wong Choong Hann of Malaysia and became the China’s Master champion for 2007. In August, Lin Dan extended his reign as the world champion as he beat Indonesia’s Sony Dwi Kuncoro 21–11, 22–20. Lin Dan would become the first man since Yang Yang to win back to back world championships.


As every athlete looked forward to the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, Lin Dan, who was certainly qualified to play, did not begin the year on a strong note: he failed to win either the Malaysian Open or the Korean Open (he was a finalist in the latter). He also lost his All England title to Chen Jin, but then went on to win the Swiss Open.

At the 2008 Thomas Cup, which was held in Jakarta, Lin Dan won every match he played except in the semi-finals where he lost to Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei. Even with his loss, his team advanced to the finals. In the finals, Lin Dan earned a point for China by returning from a first-set loss and overcame Park Sung-Hwan of South Korea 10–21, 21–18, 21–8. China beat South Korea 3–1 and brought the cup back for the third consecutive time.

Lin Dan did not play in Singapore Open or the Indonesia Open, two Super Series tournaments, because of his intensive training for the Olympic Games. He did, however, play in the Thailand Open Grand Prix as a precursor to the Olympic Games. There, he defeated local favorite Boonsak Ponsana to take the title.

In the Olympic Games, Lin Dan, who was undoubtedly the local hero and heavy favourite, began his gold medal hunt by subduing Hong Kong’s Ng Wei 21–16, 21–13 in the round of 32. Next he saw off Park Sung-Hwan 21–11, 21–8, and in the quarter finals, Lin Dan ended veteran Peter Gade’s dream of ever winning an Olympic medal as he beat Gade in straight sets. He then faced teammate Chen Jin in the semi-finals and beat him handily in two sets. This vaulted him into the finals where he was set to meet Lee Chong Wei. The dream match had finally come as the World No. 1 and 2 were set to battle it out for badminton’s most prestigious title. It was supposed to be a tough match for both players, but Lin Dan grabbed the gold as he overwhelmed the Malaysian in a one-sided two-setter 21–12, 21–8. Lin Dan thus became the first men’s singles player ever to win the All England title, two world championship titles, and the Olympic gold medal.

After a hiatus of almost four months, Lin Dan came back in November from a post-Olympic break and played in the China Open Super Series. He again met Lee Chong Wei in the finals and won by the scores of 21–18, 21–9 with the second set almost identical to their match in the Beijing Games. In late November he faced Chen Jin in the finals of the Hong Kong Super Series but lost 9–21, 21–9, 17–21.

Even though Lin Dan only competed in 5 Super Series events that year, he had enough points to qualify for the BWF Super Series Masters Finals being held in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.[9] However, Lin Dan did not participate in the tournament because the Chinese team did not send any representatives.


Lin won the 2009 All-England men’s singles, beating Lee Chong Wei 21–19, 21–12. The first set was a thriller and Lin Dan’s unforced errors gave the World No. 1 Lee a lead, although “Super Dan” came back in style to take the set and then cruised in the second to win the match. A mere week later, however, he was beaten by Lee in the final of the Omega European Masters (Swiss Open in Basel) 21–16, 21–16.

In May, Lin Dan was part of Team China in the Sudirman Cup, which was held in Guangzhou, China. He played for China team in every match and won all of them, including the semi-finals against Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei with, ironically, the exact same score-line of 21/16 – 21/16 when Lee Chong Wei beat Lin Dan in the Swiss Open final. This was also the first time Lin Dan beat Lee Chong Wei in a team event. The Chinese team proved too strong for other teams by sweeping the competition at home, with all their players undefeated, with 21 matches won and none lost.

In August, Lin became the first player to win three straight World Championships, when he beat compatriot Chen Jin 21–18, 21–16 in 45 minutes at the final of 2009 World Championships in Hyderabad, India.[10]


Skipping Malaysian and Korean Open Super Series, Lin Dan started his season in All England. However, he failed to defend his title, losing to compatriot Bao Chunlai in the quarter-finals.

Playing in Swiss Open in the next week, Lin Dan did not get good result either. He lost to veteran Peter Gade of Denmark in the quarter-finals.

He ended his title drought at Badminton Asian Championships in New Delhi, India, with a 21-17. 21-15 win over countryman Wang Zhengming in the final.

Lin Dan represented China in the Thomas Cup 2010 where he twice played the Korean Park Sang Hwan, beating him in straight games. As China progressed to the semi finals, Lin Dan played against Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia and defeated him in a straight set of 21-17 21-8. In the finals, Lin Dan defeated Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia 21-7 21-14.

He entered the 2010 World Championships as the 3-time defending champion, but got upset by Park Sung-hwan in the quartefinals 13-21, 13-21.

Personal life

Lin is one of the more popular and controversial badminton players active today, due to his flamboyant personality both on and off the court. He is known as a temperamental player, occasionally disrupting matches to protest line calls. He is demonstrative in his celebrations, and has a habit of “playing to the crowd” (after winning the 2008 olympics in Beijing, he threw his shoes and racket into the crowd). Lin belongs to the sports troop of the People’s Liberation Army[11] and has the military rank of lieutenant colonel.


Rank Event Date Venue
1 Singles 17 August 2008 Beijing, China
World Championships
1 Singles 2009 Hyderabad, India
1 Singles 2007 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
1 Singles 2006 Madrid, Spain
2 Singles 2005 Anaheim, California, USA
Asian Games
1 Team 2006 Doha, Qatar
2 Singles 2006 Doha, Qatar
3 Team 2002 Busan, Korea
East Asian Games
1 Team 2009 Hong Kong SAR, China
2 Singles 2009 Hong Kong SAR, China
PRC National Games
1 Singles 2009 Shandong, China
1 Singles 2005 Jiangsu, China
2 Singles 2001 Guangdong, China
Thomas Cup
1 Team 2010 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
1 Team 2008 Jakarta, Indonesia
1 Team 2006 Sendai and Tokyo, Japan
1 Team 2004 Jakarta, Indonesia
3 Team 2002 Guangzhou, China
Sudirman Cup
1 Team 2009 Guangzhou, China
1 Team 2007 Glascow, Scotland
1 Team 2005 Beijing, China
2 Team 2003 Eindhoven, Netherlands
World Cup
1 Singles 2006 Yiyang, CHN
1 Singles 2005 Yiyang, CHN
International Tournaments
1 Singles 2010 Li-Ning China Masters Super Series
1 Singles 2010 Badminton Asia Championships
1 Singles 2009 Li-Ning China Open Super Series
1 Singles 2009 Yonex French Open Super Series
1 Singles 2009 Li-Ning China Masters Super Series
1 Singles 2009 Yonex All England Open Super Series
1 Singles 2008 Li-Ning China Open Super Series
1 Singles 2008 Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold
1 Singles 2008 Wilson Swiss Open Super Series
1 Singles 2007 Yonex-Sunrise Hong Kong Open Super Series
1 Singles 2007 Denmark Open Super Series
1 Singles 2007 China Masters Super Series
1 Singles 2007 Yonex All England Open Super Series
1 Singles 2007 Yonex German Open
1 Singles 2007 Yonex Korea Open Super Series
1 Singles 2006 Yonex Japan Open
1 Singles 2006 Yonex-Sunrise Hong Kong Open
1 Singles 2006 Macau Open
1 Singles 2006 Chinese Taipei Open
1 Singles 2006 Yonex All England Open
1 Singles 2005 Yonex-Sunrise Hong Kong Open
1 Singles 2005 China Masters
1 Singles 2005 Yonex Japan Open
1 Singles 2005 German Open
1 Singles 2004 China Open
1 Singles 2004 German Open
1 Singles 2004 Realkredit Denmark Open
1 Singles 2004 Yonex All England Open
1 Singles 2004 Swiss Open
1 Singles 2003 China Open
1 Singles 2003 Hong Kong Open
1 Singles 2003 Realkredit Denmark Open
1 Singles 2002 Noonnoppi Korea Open
2 Singles 2010 Yonex Japan Open Super Series
2 Singles 2009 Wilson Swiss Open Super Series
2 Singles 2008 Yonex-Sunrise Hong Kong Open Super Series
2 Singles 2008 Yonex All England Open Super Series
2 Singles 2008 Yonex Korea Open Super Series
2 Singles 2006 Proton Malaysia Open
2 Singles 2005 Proton Malaysia Open
2 Singles 2005 Yonex All England Open
2 Singles 2003 German Open
2 Singles 2003 Yonex Japan Open
2 Singles 2001 Realkredit Denmark Open
2 Singles 2001 Asian Badminton Championships
3 Singles 2008 Badminton Asia Championships
3 Singles 2007 French Open Super Series
3 Singles 2007 Yonex Japan Open Super Series
3 Singles 2007 Wilson Swiss Open Super Series
3 Singles 2006 China Open
3 Singles 2006 China Masters
3 Singles 2006 Yonex German Open
3 Singles 2005 Aviva Singapore Open
3 Singles 2004 Djarum Indonesia Open
3 Singles 2004 Yonex Japan Open
3 Singles 2003 Yonex-Sunrise Singapore Open
3 Singles 2002 All England Open
Junior Tournaments
1 Singles 2001 Dutch Junior
1 Singles 2001 German Junior
1 Team 2000 World Junior Championships
1 Team 2000 Asian Junior Championships
1 Singles 2000 Asian Junior Championships
3 Singles 2000 World Junior Championships

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