The win gifted Chinese Taipei their first gold medal in badminton, making them the first NOC apart from Korea, Indonesia or China to claim that honour in men’s doubles.
The Olympic gold is another major conquest for Lee and Wang, who had in January won three titles on successive weeks, including the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals 2020.
The opening game was close, but once the Chinese Taipei duo inched ahead at 17-14, the momentum swung their way. The second game was a washout for the Chinese, who were unable to get any leeway in the exchanges.
“This is our dream together, to step on to the podium at the Olympics,” said Wang. “We encourage each other, we try to cheer each other up. This will be a very touching memory for the future.
“We lost our first match. At the time we were a little bit disappointed, thinking maybe we will come back three years later (Paris 2024) and do better. But surprisingly we came all the way and became the champions. I don’t know what to say.”
Liu Yu Chen acknowledged that the Chinese duo lost their way in the face of relentless attack by their opponents.
“We started well, but from the middle of the match we missed some opportunities. Our opponents were excellent, they forced us to make errors.
“To come to this stage was a difficult journey, we put in a lot of effort during the pandemic. Winning silver gives us regrets but we will not stop.”