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Chong Wei retakes top spot

Kuala Lumpur, June 9: Veteran Malaysian shuttler Lee Chong Wei regained the world No.1 spot in men’s singles, replacing Chinese Chen Long, according to the latest rankings released by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) here on Thursday.

Chong Wei overtook two-time reigning world champion Chen Long with 94,453 points following his victory in the Indonesia Open last week, reports Xinhua.

The world No.1 ranking would no doubt be a boost for the 33-year-old, who is eyeing the first ever Olympic gold medal for his country in Rio de Janeiro.

The two-time Olympic silver medallist lost the world No.1 position during his eight-month doping ban from September 2014 to April 30, 2015. He was 46th when he competed in his first tourment after the eight-month ban — at the Sudirman Cup, held between May 10-17, 2015.  IANS

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