Lee Chong Wei targets Malaysian history
He already has four Commonwealth Games gold medals to his name, is the most successful Malaysian Olympian in history and held the world number one ranking for 199 consecutive weeks, but Lee Chong Wei isn’t satisfied just yet.
The champion badminton player has arrived on the Gold Coast and his intentions are clear.
He's here to make history.
Chong Wei wants to win gold in both of his events, bringing his total medal tally to six gold medals. If he does, he will become Malaysia’s most successful athlete ever at a Commonwealth Games.
Chong Wei won singles and mixed team gold in Melbourne in 2006, then again in Delhi in 2010 and after missing Glasgow in 2014, GC2018 is Chong Wei’s chance to maintain a perfect winning record in the men’s singles and mixed team events.
“I hoped I’d be back defending the gold medal for my country,” he said.
“I 100 per cent have the pressure and I just try my best and hope I can win two gold for my country, first the team event and second gold is for my individual.”
Upon arriving in the Gold Coast before competition starts on Thursday, the 35-year-old confirmed GC2018 will be his last Commonwealth Games.
He has competed at Carrara Sports and Leisure before, in 2017 for the Sudirman Cup, the world mixed team championships and was impressed by the venue and city alike.
“Very happy that I can come and be in my third Commonwealth Games, in Australia on the Gold Coast,” Chong Wei said.
“I think it’s a very nice city and I really like it.
“I hope I can enjoy these two weeks in the Gold Coast.”
He named India as his toughest competition for the singles competition, with HS Prannoy and Srikanth Kidambi expected to be gold medal contenders.
In addition to his history-making hopes, Chong Wei wants to show Gold Coast fans just how exciting world-class badminton can be.
“Badminton is a very interesting sport,” he said.
“I hope I can play in a good match for the public.
“I hope all the fans can come to the stadium and support all the teams.
“I think the best [event] is the Commonwealth [Games] for this year.”