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Team China: Lin Dan
Lin Dan

His reputation as a fiery, supremely confident competitor and his brilliance with a badminton racket mean that Lin Dan will attract much attention in a sport China dominates.

World number one for the last 20 months, Lin, 24, has been involved in two ugly rows - one at a training camp, one in competition, which prompted calls for his dismissal from China's Olympic team.

But Lin shrugs off his reputation as one of badminton's bad boys, which he says is exaggerated in the media.



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