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Gao Ling

Full name: Gao Ling
Original name: 高 淩
Gender: Female
Height: 5'7" (169 cm)
Weight: 134 lbs (61 kg)
Born: March 14, 1979 in Wuhan, Hubei, China
Affiliations: Hubei
Country: CHN China
Sport: Badminton

Medals: 2 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze (4 Total)

Biography

Gao Ling counts as one of the top doubles players of the first decade of the 21st century. Débuting in the Chinese national team in 1997 after winning a junior world title, she has won every title available in the sport. At the Olympics, she won back-to-back mixed doubles titles (2000, 2004), both times partnering Zhang Jun. She was only slightly less successful in the women's doubles, finishing third in 2000 (with Qin Yiyuan) and second in 2004 (with Huang Sui), both times losing to a fellow Chinese double. Hoping for a final gold at the home Olympics in Beijing, the second-seeded Ling and her new mix partner Zheng Bo were upset in the first round by the British couple Gail Emms and Nathan Robertson. Gao has also earned four world titles, winning the women's doubles in 2001, 2003 and 2006 (all with Huang), while winning the mixed doubles in 2001 with Zhang. Additionally, she has won four silver and one bronze medals. With the dominant Chinese team, Gao also earned numerous team titles, including five consecutive Uber Cups (2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008) and three Sudirman Cups (2001, 2005, 2007). With a total of 11 wins (6 in women's doubles, 5 in mixed), Ling is also one of the most successful female doubles players at the All-England Championships, with only Betty Uber (namegiver of the Uber Cup) having won more. In 2009, she played her last tournament, shortly before getting married.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
2000 Summer 21 Sydney Badminton Mixed Doubles China-2 CHN 1 Gold
2000 Summer 21 Sydney Badminton Women's Doubles China-1 CHN 3 Bronze
2004 Summer 25 Athina Badminton Mixed Doubles China-2 CHN 1 Gold
2004 Summer 25 Athina Badminton Women's Doubles China CHN 2 Silver
2008 Summer 29 Beijing Badminton Mixed Doubles China-2 CHN 9T

Mixed Doubles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Rank Date Result
2000 Summer 21 Sydney Badminton China-2 CHN Zhang Jun Round One Match #14 1 2000-09-16 CHN-2 2, GER-1 1
2000 Summer 21 Sydney Badminton China-2 CHN Zhang Jun Round Two Match #7 1 2000-09-17 CHN-2 2, SWE 0
2000 Summer 21 Sydney Badminton China-2 CHN Zhang Jun Quarter-Finals Match #4 1 2000-09-18 CHN-2 2, KOR 0
2000 Summer 21 Sydney Badminton China-2 CHN Zhang Jun Semi-Finals Match #2 1 2000-09-20 CHN-2 2, DEN 1
2000 Summer 21 Sydney Badminton China-2 CHN Zhang Jun Final Round Match 1/2 1 2000-09-21 CHN-2 2, INA-1 1
2004 Summer 25 Athina Badminton China-2 CHN Zhang Jun Final Round Match 1/2 1 2004-08-19 CHN-2 2, GBR-1 1
2004 Summer 25 Athina Badminton China-2 CHN Zhang Jun Semi-Finals Match #2 1 2004-08-18 CHN-2 2, DEN-2 0
2004 Summer 25 Athina Badminton China-2 CHN Zhang Jun Quarter-Finals Match #4 1 2004-08-16 CHN-2 2, SWE 0
2004 Summer 25 Athina Badminton China-2 CHN Zhang Jun Round Two Match #8 1 2004-08-15 CHN-2 2, TPE 0
2004 Summer 25 Athina Badminton China-2 CHN Zhang Jun Round One Match #16 1 2004-08-14 CHN-2 bye
2008 Summer 29 Beijing Badminton China-2 CHN Zheng Bo Round One Match #8 2 2008-08-12 GBR-1 2, CHN-2 1

Women's Doubles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Rank Date Result
2000 Summer 21 Sydney Badminton China-1 CHN Qin Yiyuan Round One Match #7 1 2000-09-18 CHN-1 2, BUL 0
2000 Summer 21 Sydney Badminton China-1 CHN Qin Yiyuan Round Two Match #4 1 2000-09-19 CHN-1 2, JPN-2 0
2000 Summer 21 Sydney Badminton China-1 CHN Qin Yiyuan Quarter-Finals Match #2 1 2000-09-20 CHN-1 2, GBR-2 0
2000 Summer 21 Sydney Badminton China-1 CHN Qin Yiyuan Semi-Finals Match #1 2 2000-09-22 CHN-2 2, CHN-1 0
2000 Summer 21 Sydney Badminton China-1 CHN Qin Yiyuan Final Round Match 3/4 1 2000-09-23 CHN-1 2, KOR-1 0
2004 Summer 25 Athina Badminton China CHN Huang Sui Final Round Match 1/2 2 2004-08-21 CHN-1 2, CHN 1
2004 Summer 25 Athina Badminton China CHN Huang Sui Semi-Finals Match #2 1 2004-08-20 CHN 2, CHN-2 0
2004 Summer 25 Athina Badminton China CHN Huang Sui Quarter-Finals Match #4 1 2004-08-18 CHN 2, DEN-2 0
2004 Summer 25 Athina Badminton China CHN Huang Sui Round Two Match #8 1 2004-08-17 CHN 2, MAS 0
2004 Summer 25 Athina Badminton China CHN Huang Sui Round One Match #16 1 2004-08-16 CHN-3 bye