malaysia currently has only one true champion in sports, & that's nicol david. my criteria for a true champion is one who consistently wins at the highest level, doesn't let the victories (read: cash prizes) get into the head & continues to portray the country in good light, & nicol has admirably fulfilled all 3.
today, we have a new champion - all-england badminton champion lee chong wei. never mind the wrong line call that gave him the winning point in the final, he has played well thoughout to deserve this elusive title. all credit also to his unseeded japanese opponent, k tago, who took the premature defeat graciously.
it is now left to be seen if chong wei, aged 28, will go on to be a true champion that will make the country proud, or will he be confined to the scrap heap, a fate suffered by recent malaysian all-england champions.
in the music industry, they would be call one-hit wonders, or in malaysia, jaguh kampungs.