Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Wembley Arena, Wembley, London
Date Started: July 28, 2012
Date Finished: August 5, 2012
Format: Single-elimination tournament.
The defending Olympic champions in the badminton men’s doubles, [Markis Kido] and [Hendra Setiawan] of Indonesia, were absent from the London Games, having dropped from the badminton circuit for the birth of Kido’s son. This left [Cai Yun] and [Fu Haifeng], Beijing’s runners-up and four time World Champions (2006, 2009-2011), as the top seed of the tournament and hungry for redemption after having failed to win the title at their home Olympics. [Jeong Jae-Seong] and [Lee Yong-Dae] of South Korea, who had been third seeded at the 2008 Games, but had been eliminated in the opening round, were back for 2012 as the number two ranked duo. [Mathias Boe] and [Carsten Mogensen] of Denmark and [Go Seong-Hyeon] [Yu Yeon-Seong] of South Korea rounded out the top four.
With Go and Yu failing to reach the quarterfinals, it became a matter of not who would win the podium spots, but in which order. The Chinese squad and the remaining South Korean team did not surrender a single round during the group stage, but the latter fell to the Danish team 21-17, 18-21, 20-22 in the semifinals. Boe and Mogensen, however, could not match Cai and Fu’s intensity, nor their drive to capture the Olympic crown, and were soundly defeated 16-21, 15-21 in the final. The Chinese victory in this event meant that the nation had swept all five gold medals from the London badminton tournament, a first in Olympic history. Jeong and Lee, meanwhile, captured the bronze medal by emerging victorious against Malaysia’s [Koo Kien Keat] and [Tan Boon Heong] 23-21, 21-10.