Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Goudi Olympic Hall, Goudi Olympic Complex, Athina
Date Started: August 14, 2004
Date Finished: August 19, 2004
Format: Single-elimination tournament.
The defending champions [Zhang Jun] and [Gao Ling] of China were slight favorites coming into 2004. Since Sydney they had won the 2001 World Championships, and the 2001 and 2003 All-England titles. They had lost the 2003 Worlds in the final to Korea’s [Kim Dong-Mun] and [Na Gyeong-Min], who had won 14 straight World Cup finals in 2003-04, but they lost in the Athina quarters to the Danish pair of [Rikke Olsen] and [Jonas Rasmussen]. The semi-finals were highly unusual for Olympic badminton as only one Asian team made it there – Zhang and Gao. They were joined by Olsen/Rasmussen, Danes [Mette Schjoldager] and [Jens Eriksen], and the British team of [Gail Emms] and [Nathan Robertson]. Both semis were won in straights, with Zhang/Gao facing Emms/Robertson in the final. The British couple seemed overmatched, losing the first game 15-1, but they came back to win the second game and extend the match. Emms and Robertson led the final game 11-8, but Zhang and Gao scored six consecutive points and won 15-12. Emms and Robertson would win the World Championships in 2006.