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New Fans Thirst Over Lee Zii Jia’s Olympic Performance Despite Loss To China

New Fans Thirst Over Lee Zii Jia’s Olympic Performance Despite Loss To China

Lee Zii Jia lost the match but won Malaysia’s heart.

Anne Dorall

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Malaysian athlete Lee Zii Jia played a tough game against China’s Chen Long at the Badminton’s Men’s Singles round of 16 yesterday.

Despite his early success, Chen Long quickly caught up to him. Lee Zii Jia then lost the match with 21-8, 19-21, 5-21.

Still, Lee Zii Jia won in the eyes of Malaysians– won over their hearts, that is. Overwhelming support poured in for the 23-year-old athlete, with many claiming he will be Malaysia’s next badminton icon.

Netizens were, for a lack of a better word, thirsting over Lee Zii Jia.

Some even (jokingly?) offered to fight things that hurt Lee Zii Jia, such as his opponent Chen Long for winning, as well as the floor of the badminton court because Lee Zii Jia got a scrape on the palm of his right hand.

Regardless of his loss, Lee Zii Jia definitely put on a performance to remember, and us Malaysians are standing by you.


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