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Evans: Lin simply the best ever

THE Olympics were all over after 36 minutes for Dubliner Scott Evans after he was defeated by badminton legend Lin Dan.

With tens of millions watching the duel on prime-time Chinese television, world number 79 Evans struggled to a 21-8 defeat in the first game.

The man from Terenure gamely rallied in the second game and led 8-6 at one stage but Lin Dan's class began to tell and he took the decisive game 21-14.

"I would put him ahead of Roger Federer. He's by far the best player that's ever played badminton," he said.

"But playing him in the Olympics, in the first round, I actually thought that it was the best time to get him if I had to get him. But he's not making any errors at all. You've just got to be patient and play the shuttle around and I didn't really do that."