LONDON (AP) Lin Dan became the first man to retain the Olympic badminton singles title after winning a final that lived up to the hype.
Lin, the most decorated male player ever, beat Malaysian rival Lee Chong Wei 15-21, 21-10, 21-19 Sunday.
When Chong Wei's final shot landed long, Lin took off around Wembley Arena until he was tackled by his coaches.
With its roots in the old pastime of "battledore and shuttlecock," badminton's origins go back to a simple game of leisure. At the Olympics, however, the pace of the sport is anything but casual. Differentiating it from other racket disciplines, badminton replaces a ball with a shuttle - which can go faster than any other object in any other sport. Explore that and other details from an event that has made quite the competitive transition from backyard barbeque to Summer Games stage.
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