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Badminton at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Mixed Doubles

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing University of Technology Gymnasium, Beijing
Date Started: August 12, 2008
Date Finished: August 17, 2008
Format: Single-elimination tournament.

Gold: KOR South Korea-1
Silver: INA Indonesia-1
Bronze: CHN China-1


The favorite and #1 seed were the Indonesians, [Lilyana Natsir] and [Nova Widianto], the 2005 and 2007 World Championships. The second seeds were [Gao Ling] and [Zheng Bo] (CHN), All-England champions in 2007-08. In the first round, Gao and Zheng were unfortunately drawn against [Gail Emms] and [Nathan Robertson], the 2004 silver medalists, and World Champions in 2006. The match, good enough to be a final at most tournaments, was one of the best of the Beijing mixed tournament. It went three sets, with the British pair prevailing, 21-16, 16-21, 21-19, and the #2 seeds were out early. This seemed to open up the tournament for Natsir/Widianto, and they easily made the final. There they met the unseeded Korean pair of [Lee Hyo-Jeong] and [Lee Yong-Dae]. In a huge upset, Lee/Lee defeated the Indonesians easily, 21-11, 21-17. The bronze medal match came down to the fourth seeds, [He Hanbin] and [Yu Yang] (CHN), defeating the third seeds, [Flandy Limpele] and [Vita Marissa] of Indonesia, in a titanic three-set struggle, 19-21, 21-17, 23-21.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 South Korea-1 KOR Gold
2 Indonesia-1 INA Silver
3 China-1 CHN Bronze
4 Indonesia-2 INA
5T Poland POL
5T Denmark DEN
5T Great Britain-1 GBR
5T Thailand THA
9T South Korea-2 KOR
9T Canada CAN
9T Great Britain-2 GBR
9T Seychelles SEY
9T Singapore SIN
9T Germany GER
9T New Zealand NZL
9T China-2 CHN