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Singles, Men

Date28 July – 5 August 2012
StatusOlympic
LocationWembley Arena, Wembley, London
Participants40 from 34 countries
FormatSingle-elimination tournament.

China’s Lin Dan was the defending Olympic champion in badminton’s men singles as well as a four-time (2006, 2007, 2009, and 2011) World Champion, but entered the London Olympics as only the second seed, having had an uneven 2012 season. Ranked above at number one, a position he had held since August 2008, was Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei, the runner-up at both the 2008 Summer Games and the most recent World Championships. The two competitors had a long-standing rivalry that many believed would play out in the finals of the 2012 Olympic tournament; no other entrant came close to the amount of attention received by these two. Both had the hopes of their nation riding on their shoulders: for Lin, defending the Olympic singles’ title was considered a top priority for the Chinese delegation. For Lee, it was a chance to take home Malaysia’s first Olympic gold medal.

Lin and Lee lived up to expectations, dominating the event as they charged into the finals and surrendering only one round each along the way. In the final, Lin took the first round and Lee the second, leading to a decisive final round where the Chinese competitor edged out his opponent 21-19 in a hard-earned victory. The bronze medal match was won by China’s third-ranked Chen Long, who overcame seventh-ranked Lee Hyeon-Il of South Korea 21-12, 15-21, 21-15.

PosPlayerNOC
1Lin DanCHNGold
2Lee Chong WeiMASSilver
3Chen LongCHNBronze
4Lee Hyeon-IlKOR
=5Parupalli KashyapIND
=5Peter GadeDEN
=5Chen JinCHN
=5Sho SasakiJPN
=9Simon SantosoINA
=9Niluka KarunaratneSRI
=9Vincent WongHKG
=9Son Wan-HoKOR
=9Jan Ø. JørgensenDEN
=9Marc ZwieblerGER
=9Kevin CordónGUA
=9Taufik HidayatINA
=17Vladimir IvanovRUS
=17Kenichi TagoJPN
=17Ville LångFIN
=17Przemysław WachaPOL
=17Scott EvansIRL
=17Rodrigo PachecoPER
=17Derek WongSGP
=17Raul MustEST
=17Dmytro ZavadskiyUKR
=17Brice LeverdezFRA
=17Rajiv OusephGBR
=17Pablo AbiánESP
=17Nguyễn Tiến MinhVIE
=17Boonsak PonsanaTHA
=17Virgil SoeroredjoSUR
=17Pedro MartinsPOR
=33Henri HurskainenSWE
=33Edwin EkiringUGA
=33Mohamed Ajfan RasheedMDV
=33Misha ZilbermanISR
=33Hsu Jen-HaoTPE
=33Petr KoukalCZE
=33Michael LahnsteinerAUT
=33Yuhan TanBEL

Round One (28 – 31 July 2012)

Winner of each group advanced to round two.

Group A (30 July 2012)

PosPlayerNOCMPWLGamesPoints
1Lee Chong WeiMAS1102 - 156 - 40Q
2Ville LångFIN1011 - 240 - 56

Match #1 Lee Chong WeiMAS 1Ville LångFIN 21-8, 14-21, 21-11

Group B (28 – 31 July 2012)

PosPlayerNOCMPWLGamesPoints
1Simon SantosoINA2204 - 084 - 38Q
2Raul MustEST2112 - 262 - 74
3Michael LahnsteinerAUT2020 - 450 - 84

Match #3 Raul MustEST Michael LahnsteinerAUT 21-14, 21-18
Match #2 Simon SantosoINA 9Raul MustEST 21-12, 21-8
Match #1 Simon SantosoINA 9Michael LahnsteinerAUT 21-11, 21-7

Group C (30 July 2012)

PosPlayerNOCMPWLGamesPoints
1Niluka KarunaratneSRI1102 - 042 - 34Q
2Kenichi TagoJPN1010 - 234 - 42

Match #1 Niluka KarunaratneSRI Kenichi TagoJPN 821-18, 21-16

Group D (28 – 31 July 2012)

PosPlayerNOCMPWLGamesPoints
1Parupalli KashyapIND2204 - 084 - 49Q
2Nguyễn Tiến MinhVIE2112 - 382 - 87
3Yuhan TanBEL2021 - 471 - 101

Match #3 Parupalli KashyapIND Yuhan TanBEL 21-14, 21-12
Match #2 Nguyễn Tiến MinhVIE 10Yuhan TanBEL 17-21, 21-14, 21-10
Match #1 Parupalli KashyapIND Nguyễn Tiến MinhVIE 1021-9, 21-14

Group E (29 July 2012)

PosPlayerNOCMPWLGamesPoints
1Chen LongCHN1102 - 042 - 29Q
2Boonsak PonsanaTHA1010 - 229 - 42

Match #1 Chen LongCHN 3Boonsak PonsanaTHA 21-12, 21-17

Group F (28 – 31 July 2012)

PosPlayerNOCMPWLGamesPoints
1Vincent WongHKG2204 - 084 - 45Q
2Brice LeverdezFRA2112 - 269 - 65
3Edwin EkiringUGA2020 - 441 - 84

Match #3 Brice LeverdezFRA Edwin EkiringUGA 21-12, 21-11
Match #2 Vincent WongHKG 16Edwin EkiringUGA 21-10, 21-8
Match #1 Vincent WongHKG 16Brice LeverdezFRA 21-11, 21-16

Group G (30 July 2012)

PosPlayerNOCMPWLGamesPoints
1Peter GadeDEN1102 - 042 - 22Q
2Pedro MartinsPOR1010 - 222 - 42

Match #1 Peter GadeDEN 5Pedro MartinsPOR 21-14, 21-8

Group H (28 – 31 July 2012)

PosPlayerNOCMPWLGamesPoints
1Son Wan-HoKOR2204 - 084 - 58Q
2Vladimir IvanovRUS2112 - 276 - 70
3Hsu Jen-HaoTPE2020 - 452 - 84

Match #2 Son Wan-HoKOR 13Vladimir IvanovRUS 21-15, 21-19
Match #3 Vladimir IvanovRUS Hsu Jen-HaoTPE 21-15, 21-13
Match #1 Son Wan-HoKOR 13Hsu Jen-HaoTPE 21-14, 21-10

Group I (28 – 31 July 2012)

PosPlayerNOCMPWLGamesPoints
1Jan Ø. JørgensenDEN2204 - 084 - 56Q
2Derek WongSGP2112 - 273 - 66
3Misha ZilbermanISR2020 - 449 - 84

Match #2 Jan Ø. JørgensenDEN 12Misha ZilbermanISR 21-13, 21-12
Match #3 Derek WongSGP Misha ZilbermanISR 21-9, 21-15
Match #1 Jan Ø. JørgensenDEN 12Derek WongSGP 21-17, 21-14

Group J (29 July 2012)

PosPlayerNOCMPWLGamesPoints
1Lee Hyeon-IlKOR1102 - 042 - 19Q
2Rodrigo PachecoPER1010 - 219 - 42

Match #1 Lee Hyeon-IlKOR 7Rodrigo PachecoPER 21-12, 21-7

Group K (28 – 31 July 2012)

PosPlayerNOCMPWLGamesPoints
1Marc ZwieblerGER2204 - 1101 - 62Q
2Dmytro ZavadskiyUKR2113 - 289 - 75
3Mohamed Ajfan RasheedMDV2020 - 431 - 84

Match #2 Marc ZwieblerGER 14Mohamed Ajfan RasheedMDV 21-9, 21-6
Match #3 Dmytro ZavadskiyUKR Mohamed Ajfan RasheedMDV 21-8, 21-8
Match #1 Marc ZwieblerGER 14Dmytro ZavadskiyUKR 17-21, 21-10, 21-16

Group L (30 July 2012)

PosPlayerNOCMPWLGamesPoints
1Chen JinCHN1102 - 042 - 23Q
2Przemysław WachaPOL1010 - 223 - 42

Match #1 Chen JinCHN 4Przemysław WachaPOL 21-15, 21-8

Group M (28 – 31 July 2012)

PosPlayerNOCMPWLGamesPoints
1Kevin CordónGUA2204 - 2111 - 104Q
2Rajiv OusephGBR2113 - 3117 - 110
3Henri HurskainenSWE2022 - 4103 - 117

Match #3 Kevin CordónGUA Henri HurskainenSWE 15-21, 21-12, 21-14
Match #2 Rajiv OusephGBR 15Henri HurskainenSWE 22-20, 17-21, 21-15
Match #1 Kevin CordónGUA Rajiv OusephGBR 1512-21, 21-17, 21-19

Group N (29 July 2012)

PosPlayerNOCMPWLGamesPoints
1Sho SasakiJPN1102 - 042 - 19Q
2Virgil SoeroredjoSUR1010 - 219 - 42

Match #1 Sho SasakiJPN 6Virgil SoeroredjoSUR 21-12, 21-7

Group O (28 – 31 July 2012)

PosPlayerNOCMPWLGamesPoints
1Taufik HidayatINA2204 - 085 - 47Q
2Pablo AbiánESP2112 - 389 - 97
3Petr KoukalCZE2021 - 470 - 100

Match #2 Taufik HidayatINA 11Petr KoukalCZE 21-8, 21-8
Match #3 Pablo AbiánESP Petr KoukalCZE 21-17, 16-21, 21-16
Match #1 Taufik HidayatINA 11Pablo AbiánESP 22-20, 21-11

Group P (30 July 2012)

PosPlayerNOCMPWLGamesPoints
1Lin DanCHN1102 - 042 - 22Q
2Scott EvansIRL1010 - 222 - 42

Match #1 Lin DanCHN 2Scott EvansIRL 21-8, 21-14

Round Two (1 August 2012)

Winner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.

Match #2 Parupalli KashyapIND Niluka KarunaratneSRI 21-14, 15-21, 21-9
Match #8 Lin DanCHN 2Taufik HidayatINA 1121-9, 21-12
Match #5 Lee Hyeon-IlKOR 7Jan Ø. JørgensenDEN 1221-17, 21-13
Match #1 Lee Chong WeiMAS 1Simon SantosoINA 921-12, 21-8
Match #4 Peter GadeDEN 5Son Wan-HoKOR 1321-9, 21-16
Match #3 Chen LongCHN 3Vincent WongHKG 1621-17, 21-17
Match #6 Chen JinCHN 4Marc ZwieblerGER 1419-21, 21-12, 21-9
Match #7 Sho SasakiJPN 6Kevin CordónGUA 23-21, 21-10

Quarter-Finals (2 August 2012)

Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.

Match #2 Chen LongCHN 3Peter GadeDEN 521-16, 21-13
Match #1 Lee Chong WeiMAS 1Parupalli KashyapIND 21-19, 21-11
Match #4 Lin DanCHN 2Sho SasakiJPN 621-12, 16-21, 21-16
Match #3 Lee Hyeon-IlKOR 7Chen JinCHN 421-15, 21-16

Semi-Finals (3 August 2012)

Winner of each match advanced to the final match, losers advanced to the bronze medal match.

Match #1 Lee Chong WeiMAS 1Chen LongCHN 321-13, 21-14
Match #2 Lin DanCHN 2Lee Hyeon-IlKOR 721-12, 21-10

Final Round (5 August 2012)

Match 1/2 Lin DanCHN 2Lee Chong WeiMAS 115-21, 21-10, 21-19
Match 3/4 Chen LongCHN 3Lee Hyeon-IlKOR 721-12, 15-21, 21-15