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.
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 SÃ¸gaard]. 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.