Tokyo Olympics 2020: Malaysia's Lee Zii Jia downplays gold medal hopes after All England Open win

Malaysian badminton legend Lee Chong Wei came achingly close to winning gold but never achieved it, picking up three Olympic silvers during his career.

Agence France-Presse March 25, 2021 16:39:16 IST
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Malaysia's Lee Zii Jia downplays gold medal hopes after All England Open win

Lee Zii Jia celebrates after beating Victor Axelsen during the men's final match of the All England Open Badminton Championships. AP

Malaysian badminton star Lee Zii Jia downplayed expectations Thursday that he could win the country's first Olympic gold in Tokyo following his breakthrough victory at the All England Open.

The 22-year-old defeated Denmark's Viktor Axelsen 30-29, 20-22, 21-9 at the weekend to win the All England, one of the sport's most prestigious tournaments, for the first time.

On his way to victory, he also beat two-time world champion Kento Momota, and is now seen as Malaysia's best hope to win Olympic gold at the Tokyo Games this summer.

Malaysian badminton legend Lee Chong Wei came achingly close to winning gold but never achieved it, picking up three Olympic silvers during his career.

But on Thursday, Lee Zii Jia brushed off questions about his chances of bringing home Malaysia's first gold from Tokyo.

"I just want to (go) step by step," he told a press conference.

"So far, the progress is going well, so I don't want to put too much pressure on myself.

"I just want to enjoy the game and try my best in every match."

He also downplayed suggestions that he is the heir to Lee Chong Wei, who was one the greatest players of his generation until his retirement in 2019.

"I just want to be myself, and not (be compared) with Lee Chong Wei," said the younger Lee.

"His achievement is unbreakable, his record is unbreakable, he's a legend.

"I have my own journey."

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