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Badminton at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games

2016 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games


Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Date Started: August 11, 2016
Date Finished: August 20, 2016
Events: 5

Participants: 172 (86 men and 86 women) from 46 countries
Youngest Participant: JPN Akane Yamaguchi (19 years, 67 days)
Oldest Participant: POL Robert Mateusiak (40 years, 212 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): CHN Zhang Nan (2 medals)
Most Medals (Country): MAS Malaysia and CHN China (3 medals)


Badminton was first contested at the 1992 Olympic Games for both men and women in singles and doubles. The mixed doubles was added in 1996. For 2016 the programme was the same as London 2012.

Between 38 and 50 players were permitted in the singles competitions and 16 pairs in each of the doubles events. A singles player could also enter the doubles, and if a player qualified for two events, the extra place was allocated to the next eligible singles player of the same gender. A maximum of 172 athletes could compete, with NOCs each allowed up to two entries in the singles and two pairs in each doubles event. Entries in each event included the highest-ranked player or pair from each of the African, Asian, European, Oceania and Pan American badminton confederations.

The Competitions were played in two stages: the group stage and the knockout stage. For the singles competitions, players went into 13 groups of three or four players and for doubles, there were four groups with four pairs in each. All players/pairs played every other player/pair in their group in a round-robin. Triggered by the match-fixing scandal in the women’s doubles in London, a random draw to determine places in the quarter-finals was made for the doubles events. In the singles competitions, the top player from each group progressed to the round of 16, with the three top ranked players going straight through to the last eight. In doubles competitions, the two top pairs from each group advanced to the quarter-finals. This stage consisted of head-to-head matches from which the winner advanced to the next round.

In the singles events, the maximum number of players per nation was two. An instant review system, used to review line calls, was introduced as per the Laws of Badminton. A player had the option to call for two challenges during a game. If the challenge was successful, the player kept his/her challenge. Each match was the best of three sets, with each set won by the player/pair to first reach 21 points with a minimum of a two point margin.

China’s dominance in London, when they won all events, as well as two silver and a bronze medal, was broken in Rio as only the men’s singles and doubles went to China. The women’s singles was won by Spain’s [Carolina Marín], and women’s doubles by the Japan duo [Misaki Matsutomo] and [Ayaka Takahashi], the number one seeds. The mixed doubles was dominated by the third-seeded Indonesian pair [Tontowi Ahmad] and [Lilyana Natsir].