Jakarta: Top seed Chen Long proved unstoppable as he retained the singles crown at the badminton world championships yesterday, with Lee Chong Wei suffering an agonising fourth straight defeat.

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Chen Long poses with his gold medal after defeating Lee Chong Wei in their men’s singles final  in Jakarta’s Istora Stadium yesterday. Pic:AP/PTI

Lee entered the final hungrier than ever for his elusive world title but could not unsettle the Chinese World No 1, who stormed to a 21-14, 21-17 victory in just over an hour.

An overjoyed Chen, who has already won four titles in a stellar season this year, wept and kissed the court.