Malaysian badminton player Lee Chong Wei is a three-time runner up at the badminton World Championships and will be looking to win his first title this year in Jakarta, Indonesia.
The 32-year-old has won almost everything there is to win in world badminton with 34 Super Series titles to his name. The only two things missing from his glittering trophy cabinet are an Olympic gold medal and a World Championship title.
Chong Wei is desperate to be the World Champion for the very first time in the tournament that begins on August 10.
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A national icon in Malaysia, Lee Chong Wei is a two-time Olympic medalist. Winning silver in the 2008 Beijing games, Lee fell agonizingly short in the 2012 London Olympics as well, losing out to fierce rival Lin Dan in the final.
He was the runner-up in the last three editions of the World Championships, losing to Lin Dan on 2 occasions and to defending champion Chen Long last year.
Chong Wei always seems to get the better of his rivals during the Super Series events, but when it comes to the finals of World Championships and the Olympics, he has been unable to produce the goods.
Perhaps unable to deal with the pressure of being among the favorites to win, Lee has found himself narrowly short on the big stage numerous times.
This year, the situation is different for the Malaysian superstar. He goes into the World Championships unseeded for the first time ever.
Lee was banned for testing positive for dexamethasone last year and was banned for eight months. As a result his ranking dropped from number 1 to 180. On April 1 2015, the Badminton World Federation panel allowed him to participate in tournaments again after they declared that Lee had no intent to cheat.
Despite being out of the game for eight months, Lee managed to secure a berth in the World Championships and is ranked 46 in the world currently. A change in the usual scenario may prove to be good for unseeded Lee who isn't considered among the favorites for the event because of his ranking and his long absence from the game.This may lift the weight of his shoulders.
With back to back wins in the US Open and Canada Open in June, Lee Chong Wei still looks as good as ever and has plenty to offer. But he will have to be at his very best to claim the title as he is handed a tough draw . He is scheduled to play the third seed,India's Kidambi Srikanth in the quarter-finals and arch-rival Lin Dan in the semi-finals.