19 Jun '11, 7am

Badminton: Lin Dan pulls out of Singapore Open final

Badminton: Lin Dan pulls out of Singapore Open final

SINGAPORE: China's reigning world champion Chen Jin won the Singapore Open badminton men's title Sunday without hitting a shuttlecock after compatriot Lin Dan withdrew from the final due to illness. Lin, the world number two and Olympic gold medallist, had gone to see a tournament doctor who confirmed he was suffering from gastric flu, tournament officials said. Lin was scheduled to play team-mate Chen Jin at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, but felt sick, after he claimed he drank too much cold water following his semi-final win over Dane Peter Gade on Saturday. Lin was at the prize presentation ceremony, and later apologised to booing fans at the stadium, many of whom felt shortchanged. Lin insisted there was no conspiracy to allow his team-mate the win. The 27-year-old had advanced to the final after beating veteran Dane Peter Gade in three tough games, 20-22, 21-17 and 21...

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