Gao Ling

Gao Ling (Chinese: 高崚; pinyin: Gāo Líng; born March 14, 1979, in Wuhan, Hubei; China) is a badminton player from the People's Republic of China.

Career

Noted for her consistency, anticipation, forecourt prowess, and sporting smile, Gao is one of the most successful doubles players in the history of women's badminton. Her four Olympic badminton medals are the most of any player.

She has won titles at almost every top tier tournament in the world. Gao has earned four gold medals (among nine medals in total) at the BWF World Championships, three of them in women's doubles with Huang Sui (2001, 2003, and 2006) and one of them in mixed doubles with Zhang Jun (2001). She and Zhang Jun won consecutive gold medals in mixed doubles at the 2000 and 2004 Olympics, overcoming severe tests in both.

Gao has not earned an Olympic gold medal in women's doubles, a relative gap in her resume, but earned a bronze medal in 2000 with Qin Yiyuan, and a silver medal with Huang Sui in 2004. From 2001 through 2006 she and Huang captured a record six consecutive women's doubles titles at the venerable All-England Championships. Their All-England streak was finally broken in the semifinals of the 2007 tournament by fellow countrywomen Zhang Yawen and Wei Yili. Gao has shared five All-England mixed doubles titles: three with Zhang Jun (2001, 2003, and 2006), and two with Zheng Bo (2007 and 2008).

She has been a member of the perennial world champion Chinese Uber Cup (women's international) team since 2000.

Achievements

Olympic Games

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2004 Goudi Olympic Hall,
Athens, Greece
China Huang Sui China Yang Wei
China Zhang Jiewen
15–7, 4–15, 8–15 Silver Silver
2000 The Dome,
Sydney, Australia
China Qin Yiyuan South Korea Chung Jae-hee
South Korea Ra Kyung-min
15–10, 15-4 Bronze Bronze

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2004 Goudi Olympic Hall,
Athens, Greece
China Zhang Jun United Kingdom Nathan Robertson
United Kingdom Gail Emms
15-1, 12-15, 15-12 Gold Gold
2000 The Dome,
Sydney, Australia
China Zhang Jun Indonesia Trikus Haryanto
Indonesia Minarti Timur
1-15, 15-13, 15-11 Gold Gold

World Championships

Women's doubles

Mixed doubles

World Cup

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2006 Yiyang, China China Huang Sui China Zhang Yawen
China Wei Yili
21–19, 21–6 Gold Gold

Asian Games

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2006 Aspire Hall 3,
Doha, Qatar
China Huang Sui China Yang Wei
China Zhang Jiewen
18–21, 23–21, 21–14 Gold Gold
2002 Gangseo Gymnasium,
Busan, South Korea
China Huang Sui South Korea Lee Kyung-won
South Korea Ra Kyung-min
8–11, 7–11 Silver Silver

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2006 Aspire Hall 3,
Doha, Qatar
China Zheng Bo China Xie Zhongbo
China Zhang Yawen
21-16, 25-23 Gold Gold

Asian Championships

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2002 Bangkok, Thailand China Huang Sui China Yang Wei
China Zhang Jiewen
8–11, 6–11 Silver Silver
2001 Manila, Philippines China Huang Sui Indonesia Deyana Lomban
Indonesia Vita Marissa
12–15, 15–4, 15–6 Gold Gold

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2002 Bangkok, Thailand China Zhang Jun Thailand Khunakorn Sudhisodhi
Thailand Saralee Thungthongkam
11-7, 11-8 Gold Gold

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