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Badminton at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Women's Singles

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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.

Gold: CHN Zhang Ning
Silver: NED  Mia Audina
Bronze: CHN Zhou Mi

Summary

Zhang Ning had been on the Chinese National team since 1991, but had not yet competed at the Olympics. She was the 2003 World Champion and was seeded #1 in Athina. She made it to the final despite losing sets in both the first round and the quarter-finals. There she met Mia Audina representing the Netherlands. Audina had been a badminton prodigy, competing in the Uber Cup when she was only 14 in 1994, at which time she competed for her native Indonesia. She was the singles silver medalist in 1996. She had since married a Dutch gospel singer and settled in the Netherlands, representing them at the 2000 and 2004 Olympics. Zhang and Audina had first competed against each other at the 1994 Uber Cup, with Audina winning the final match of the final in front of a very partisan crowd in Jakarta. The first set of the Athina final was similar, Audina winning 11-8. But Zhang persevered and won the last two sets to win the gold medal. The bronze medal match was an all-Chinese affair, Zhou Mi defeating Gong Ruina.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Zhang Ning 29 China CHN Gold
2 Mia Audina 24 Netherlands NED Silver
3 Zhou Mi 25 China CHN Bronze
4 Gong Ruina 23 China CHN
5T Cheng Shao-Chieh 18 Chinese Taipei TPE
5T Tracey Hallam 29 Great Britain GBR
5T Petya Nedelcheva 21 Bulgaria BUL
5T Wang Chen 28 Hong Kong HKG
9T Salakjit Ponsana 20 Thailand THA
9T Jeon Jae-Yeon 21 South Korea KOR
9T Aparna Popat 26 India IND
9T Camilla Martin 30 Denmark DEN
9T Seo Yun-Hui 19 South Korea KOR
9T Kaori Mori 24 Japan JPN
9T Jie Yao 27 Netherlands NED
9T Kelly Morgan 29 Great Britain GBR
17T Li Li 21 Singapore SIN
17T Miho Tanaka 28 Japan JPN
17T Charmaine Reid 30 Canada CAN
17T Ling Wan Ting 23 Hong Kong HKG
17T Nigella Saunders 24 Jamaica JAM
17T Michelle Edwards 30 South Africa RSA
17T Kanako Yonekura 27 Japan JPN
17T Juliane Schenk 21 Germany GER
17T Tine Rasmussen Baun 25 Denmark DEN
17T Hongyan Pi 25 France FRA
17T Anu Weckström-Nieminen 26 Finland FIN
17T Huaiwen Xu 29 Germany GER
17T Jiang Yanmei 23 Singapore SIN
17T Lorena Blanco 27 Peru PER
17T Lenny Permana 29 Australia AUS
17T Marina Andrievskaia 29 Sweden SWE