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Aug 16, 2009 at 06:06pm IST

Lin Dan clinches third straight world title

Hyderabad: Olympic champion Lin Dan on Sunday became the first shuttler to clinch three successive World Championship titles, beating second seed compatriot Jin Chen in the summit clash.

Dan, seeded fifth in the event, defeated his higher-ranked countryman 21-18 21-16 a 46-minute contest.

The 26-year-old Dan had won the Olympic gold in Beijing in 2008 and his previous two world titles had come in 2006 and 2007 in Madrid and Kuala Lumpur respectively.

PROUD DISPLAY: China's Lin Dan displays his medal at the World Badminton Championships.

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