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Rising star Lee Zii Jia faced off against Chen Long of China in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics' badminton men's singles Round of 16, going down in three sets

In the last game of the day at the Musashino Forest Sports Plaza in Tokyo today, 29 July, Lee had fought bravely against his much fancied opponent.

Image via @beurere (Twitter)

The Malaysian had taken the first set comfortably against the reigning Olympics champion, winning 21-8

In a closely contested second game, the two played some scintillating badminton, but it was Chen who edged it 21-19.

However, from then on, Chen – the bane of Lee Chong Wei at Rio 2016 in the finals – asserted himself, winning the final set 21-5.

After a dominant group stage display – where he had not dropped a single set over two games – the world number eight will take heart at what is his first Olympics appearance

Malaysia’s Badminton medal hopes at Tokyo 2020 will now fall solely onto the men’s doubles pairing of Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik, who had earlier today defeated the world number one team from Indonesia to advance to the semi-finals.

Lee Zii Jia.
Image via Badminton Association of Malaysia/Bernama

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