World Championships: Axelsen ends Lin dream in world final

Axelsen became the third Dane to take gold with a 22-20, 21-16 win over the legendary 33-year-old from China.

Denmark's Viktor Axelsen celebrates on the podium with his gold medal after his win over China's Lin Dan.   -  AFP

Denmark's Viktor Axelsen ended Lin Dan's dream of a record sixth men's singles title at the World Badminton Championships with victory in Sunday's final in Glasgow.

Axelsen became the third Dane to take gold with a 22-20, 21-16 win over the legendary 33-year-old from China.

The last Danish victory had also come in Glasgow, courtesy of Peter Rasmussen in 1997, and the first was 40 years ago when Flemming Delfs claimed the title at the inaugural championships.