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."