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Lee downplays Tokyo hopes

Malaysian star Lee Zii Jia downplayed expectations yesterday 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 yesterday, Lee Zii Jia brushed off questions about his chances of bringing home Malaysia’s first gold. “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.”


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