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Badminton at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

Mixed Doubles

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Host City: Sydney, Australia
Venue(s): The Dome and Exhibition Complex, Olympic Park, Sydney, New South Wales
Date Started: September 16, 2000
Date Finished: September 21, 2000
Format: Single-elimination tournament.

Gold: CHN China-2
Silver: INA Indonesia-1
Bronze: GBR Great Britain-2


The #1 seeds were the Indonesian team of [Minarti Timur] and [Tri Kushharyanto]. They would make it to the final but they were beaten there by the Chinese pair of [Gao Ling] and [Zhang Jun], the 2nd seeds. Gao and Zhang had only been playing together for a year prior to the Sydney Olympics, and they had lost twice earlier in the year to Timur and Kusharyanto. They had a difficult road to the final, winning three-set matches in both the first round and semi-final. In the final, they looked overmatched early, as Timur/Kusharyanto won the first game 15-1. But Zhang/Gao fought back and won the final two games to win a surprising gold medal. The bronze medal match was unusual as it consisted of two European teams, the British pair [Joanne Wright-Goode] and [Simon Archer], who defeated the Danish team of [Rikke Olsen] and [Michael Søgaard]. This was the first big title for Zhang and Gao but not the last. They would win the World Championships in 2001, the All-England Titles in 2001, 2003, and 2006, and defend their Olympic title in 2004. Gao would then combine with [Zheng Bo] to win the World Championships in mixed doubles in 2007-08.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 China-2 CHN Gold
2 Indonesia-1 INA Silver
3 Great Britain-2 GBR Bronze
4 Denmark DEN
5T South Korea KOR
5T Indonesia-2 INA
5T Netherlands NED
5T Denmark-2 DEN
9T China-1 CHN
9T Sweden SWE
9T South Korea-1 KOR
9T Denmark-1 DEN
9T Thailand THA
9T Germany-2 GER
9T China CHN
9T Canada-1 CAN
17T Great Britain-1 GBR
17T South Korea-2 KOR
17T Ukraine UKR
17T Germany-1 GER
17T Australia-1 AUS
17T Australia-2 AUS
17T Canada-2 CAN
17T Hong Kong HKG
17T Mauritius MRI
17T Australia AUS
17T Canada CAN