Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei said he was "very proud" to have avenged two heartbreaking Olympic badminton final defeats to Lin Dan with a last-four victory against his nemesis at Rio Friday. The badminton world number one lost the first game 21-15 but took the second 21-11 before sensationally keeping his gold medal dreams alive with a 22-20 victory in the third. Lee, who has never won a world or Olympic title, sunk to his knees as he finally beat his old foe before the pair removed their shirts and embraced on the court. "This is the first time I've beaten Lin Dan in a big competition. Today Lin Dan and I played a great game and I'm very proud to beat him," a relieved Lee told reporters. Lee, who lost the last two Olympic finals to his arch-rival Lin, said it had been a more nervy end to the match than he would have liked after letting those match points slip by.–AFP