In each of the seven Olympic Games featuring badminton, at least one event saw the top seed rise to the highest step of the podium.
Let’s have a look at who they are.
WS: Susi Susanti
Susanti advanced without dropping a game but was pushed to three in the final by Bang Soo Hyun. Bang took the first game comfortably (11-5) before Susanti staged a comeback to win the sport’s first ever Olympic gold.
Hwang/Chung and their final opponents, Guan Weizhen and Nong Qunhua of China, won their first three matches easily. The first game of the final was an 18-16 marathon, with Hwang/Chung prevailing. The decider was close, Korea needed five match points before winning 15-13.
MD: Ricky Subagja/Rexy Mainaky
The final featured arguably the most famous rivalry of that era – Subagja/Mainaky versus Cheah Soon Kit/Yap Kim Hock. The Malaysians stormed ahead 11-1 in the first game, winning 15-5. But the Indonesians stayed calmed to win the next two closely-fought games 15-13 15-12.
WS: Gong Zhichao
The top two seeds Gong and Dane Camilla Martin made the final as expected. The Chinese star faced some resistance in the first game before winning 13-10. She cruised to the second 11-3.
The Chinese pair, defending champions from four years earlier, romped to the title again without losing a game. The final against compatriots Huang Nanyan/Yang Wei was over in just 35 minutes. In winning, Ge and Gu became badminton’s first repeat winners at the Olympics.
WD: Zhang Jiewen/Yang Whei
MS: Lin Dan
A pumped-up Lin Dan took his first Olympic gold in ruthless fashion, seeing off Lee Chong Wei, who would go on to become his greatest rival, 21-12 21-8, in front of a raucous crowd.
The Indonesian tandem justified their seeding, overcoming home favourites Cai Yun/Fu Haifeng despite losing the first game 21-12. Kido/Setiawan would bounce back to win 21-11 21-16.
WS: Carolina Marin
Marin had little issues reaching the final, where she gave away the first game 21-19 to ninth seed Pusarla V Sindhu. The Spaniard upped her game to win the remaining duels 21-12 21-15 and become the first female shuttler from Europe to win gold.