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The Malaysian, seeded second behind favourite Lin Dan of China, takes on South Korea's Lee Hyunil, in the semifinal Friday evening at the BeijingUniversity of Technology Gymnasium.

But expect an explosive battle against the unranked but dangerous Lee who upset China's third seed Bao Chunlai 23-21, 21-11 to clinch his semifinal ticket after taking out fifth seed Kenneth Jonassen of Denmark in the secondround.

The record between the two are even this year. Chong Wei beat Lee in the Malaysian Open final in three games. When they next clashed in the Korean Open, Lee whipped Chong Wei in the second round and went on to beat Lin Dan in athree-game thriller for the title.

A win for Chong will not only assure him a place in the final but alsoMalaysia's fourth Olympic medal in history, all coming from badminton.

Chong Wei can also achieve what no Malaysian shuttler has done, entering the singles showdown for the elusive gold after the sport bagged a silver andtwo bronzes from the 1992 and 1996 Games.

A defeat will mean Chong Wei will have to slug out for the bronze againstthe other semifinal loser.

At the Laoshan Velodrome, cycling speed kings Azizul Hasni Awang, Josiah Ng and Rizal Tisin are down for the 200m team sprint qualifying. They have to powerinto the top four to get into the medal reckoning.

Archer Cheng Chu Sian will have to hit the form of his life to outshoot favourites Lee Chang Hwan of South Korea who moved from number 10th seed toOlympic record maker by nailing 117 out of 120 in the second round.

Chu Sian had opened with a 109 in the first round and 110 to enter thepre-quarterfinal round against the Korean.

At the Water Cube, Leung Chii Lin is the last of the Malaysian swimmers to take to the pool in the 50m freestyle in the evening. The 17-year-old, swimmingin heat eight out of 12, has a best and national record of 26.18s.

In the afternoon, national top ranked divers Leong Mun Yee and Elizabeth Jimie will dive against the odds in the women's 3m springboard event. Mun Yee isthe Sea Games champion.

Malaysia's sole marksman Hasli Izwan Amir Hasan will be at the BeijingShooting Range for the 25m rapid fire pistol preliminary.

In Qingdao, Kevin Lim waits for the resumption of the laser competition.

Since it started Tuesday, only three races have been completed with Thursday'scancelled completely because of weak winds.

Malaysians in action on Day 7 (Aug 15) of Olympics competition: ARCHERY: Prequarterfinals (Olympics Archery Field) 10.56 am Cheng Chu Sian (MAS) vs Lee Chang Hwan (KOR) BADMINTON: Men's singles semifinals (Beijing University of Technology Gymnasium) 6.30 pm Lee Chong Wei (MAS) vs Lee Hyunil (KOR) CYCLING: Team sprint qualifying (Laoshan Velodrome) 4.30 pm Malaysia (Azizul Hasni Awang, Josiah Ng, Rizal Tisin) DIVING: Women's 3m Springboard Preliminary (National Aquatics Centre) 1.30 pm Leong Mun Yee, Elizabeth Jimie SAILING: Laser Race 4, 5 and 6 (Qindao) 12 noon Kevin Lim SHOOTING: Men's Rapid fire Qualifying (Beijing Shooting Range) 1 pm Hasli Izwan Amir Hasan SWIMMING: Women's 50m freestyle heats (National Aquatics Centre) 6.33 pm Leung Chii Lin