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Gao Ling
Personal information
Born 14 March 1979 (1979-03-14) (age 42)
Wuhan, Hubei, China
Height 168 cm
Weight 58 kg
Country  China
Handedness Right
Women's & mixed doubles
Highest Ranking 1

Gao Ling (Chinese: 高崚; pinyin: Gāo Líng; born 14 March 1979) is a Chinese former badminton player.

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. Gao Ling received an award during a ceremony to mark her retirement with five other teammates from the Chinese national badminton team on the sidelines of the China Open badminton event in Shanghai, November 23, 2008. However, she was still playing a year later by partnering with Wei Yili. They lost to Yang Wei and Zhang Jiewen in the Thailand Open final of 2009, but won the Philippines Open of 2009.

Achievements

Olympic Games

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2004 Goudi Olympic Hall,
Athens, Greece
People's Republic of China Huang Sui People's Republic of China Yang Wei
People's Republic of China Zhang Jiewen
15–7, 4–15, 8–15 Silver Silver
2000 The Dome,
Sydney, Australia
People's Republic of 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
People's Republic of China Zhang Jun United Kingdom Nathan Robertson
United Kingdom Gail Emms
15–1, 12–15, 15–12 Gold Gold
2000 The Dome,
Sydney, Australia
People's Republic of China Zhang Jun Indonesia Trikus Haryanto
Indonesia Minarti Timur
1–15, 15–13, 15–11 Gold Gold

World Championships

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2007 Putra Indoor Stadium,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
People's Republic of China Huang Sui People's Republic of China Yang Wei
People's Republic of China Zhang Jiewen
16–21, 19–21 Silver Silver
2006 Palacio de Deportes de la Comunidad de Madrid,
Madrid, Spain
People's Republic of China Huang Sui People's Republic of China Zhang Yawen
People's Republic of China Wei Yili
23–21, 21–9 Gold Gold
2005 Arrowhead Pond,
Anaheim, United States
People's Republic of China Huang Sui People's Republic of China Yang Wei
People's Republic of China Zhang Jiewen
16–17, 7–15 Silver Silver
2003 National Indoor Arena,
Birmingham, England
People's Republic of China Huang Sui People's Republic of China Wei Yili
People's Republic of China Zhao Tingting
15–8, 15–11 Gold Gold
2001 Palacio de Deportes de San Pablo,
Seville, Spain
People's Republic of China Huang Sui People's Republic of China Zhang Jiewen
People's Republic of China Wei Yili
15–11, 17–15 Gold Gold
1999 Brøndbyhallen,
Copenhagen, Denmark
People's Republic of China Qin Yiyuan People's Republic of China Ge Fei
People's Republic of China Gu Jun
6–15, 7–15 Bronze Bronze

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2007 Putra Indoor Stadium,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
People's Republic of China Zheng Bo Indonesia Nova Widianto
Indonesia Liliyana Natsir
16–21, 14–21 Silver Silver
2003 National Indoor Arena,
Birmingham, England
People's Republic of China Zhang Jun South Korea Kim Dong-moon
South Korea Ra Kyung-min
7–15, 8–15 Silver Silver
2001 Palacio de Deportes de San Pablo,
Seville, Spain
People's Republic of China Zhang Jun South Korea Kim Dong-moon
South Korea Ra Kyung-min
15–10, 12–15, 17–16 Gold Gold

World Cup

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2006 Olympic Park, Yiyang, China People's Republic of China Huang Sui People's Republic of China Yang Wei
People's Republic of China Zhang Jiewen
21–19, 21–6 Gold Gold

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2006 Olympic Park, Yiyang, China People's Republic of China Zhang Jun Indonesia Nova Widianto
Indonesia Liliyana Natsir
15–21, 16–21 Bronze Bronze

Asian Games

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2006 Aspire Hall 3,
Doha, Qatar
People's Republic of China Huang Sui People's Republic of China Yang Wei
People's Republic of China Zhang Jiewen
18–21, 23–21, 21–14 Gold Gold
2002 Gangseo Gymnasium,
Busan, South Korea
People's Republic of 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
People's Republic of China Zheng Bo People's Republic of China Xie Zhongbo
People's Republic of China Zhang Yawen
21–16, 25–23 Gold Gold

Asian Championships

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2002 Bangkok, Thailand People's Republic of China Huang Sui People's Republic of China Yang Wei
People's Republic of China Zhang Jiewen
8–11, 6–11 Silver Silver
2001 Manila, Philippines People's Republic of 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 People's Republic of China Zhang Jun Thailand Khunakorn Sudhisodhi
Thailand Saralee Thungthongkam
11–7, 11–8 Gold Gold

World Junior Championships

Girls' doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1996 Silkeborg Hallerne,
Silkeborg, Denmark
People's Republic of China Yang Wei People's Republic of China Lu Ying
People's Republic of China Zhan Xubin
15–12, 15–8 Gold Gold

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1996 Silkeborg Hallerne,
Silkeborg, Denmark
People's Republic of China Cheng Rui People's Republic of China Wang Wei
People's Republic of China Lu Ying
4–15, 10–15 Silver Silver

Asian Junior Championships

Girls' doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1997 Ninoy Aquino Stadium,
Manila, Philippines
People's Republic of China Yang Wei Malaysia Chor Hooi Yee
Malaysia Lim Pek Siah
Gold Gold

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1997 Ninoy Aquino Stadium,
Manila, Philippines
People's Republic of China Cheng Rui Malaysia Chan Chong Ming
Malaysia Lim Pek Siah
Gold Gold

BWF Superseries

The BWF Superseries, launched on 14 December 2006 and implemented in 2007, is a series of elite badminton tournaments, sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF). BWF Superseries has two level such as Superseries and Superseries Premier. A season of Superseries features twelve tournaments around the world, which introduced since 2011, with successful players invited to the Superseries Finals held at the year end.

Women's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2008 Korea Open People's Republic of China Zhao Tingting People's Republic of China Du Jing
People's Republic of China Yu Yang
15–21, 13–21 2 Runner-up
2008 Malaysia Open People's Republic of China Zhao Tingting People's Republic of China Yang Wei
People's Republic of China Zhang Jiewen
13–21, 21–16, 22–24 2 Runner-up
2007 China Open People's Republic of China Zhao Tingting People's Republic of China Du Jing
People's Republic of China Yu Yang
17–21, 21–15, 21–8 1 Winner
2007 Korea Open People's Republic of China Huang Sui People's Republic of China Yang Wei
People's Republic of China Zhang Jiewen
12–21, 21–14, 21–16 1 Winner
2007 Malaysia Open People's Republic of China Huang Sui Indonesia Greysia Polii
Indonesia Vita Marissa
19–21, 21–12, 21–11 1 Winner

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2008 Indonesia Open People's Republic of China Zheng Bo Denmark Thomas Laybourn
Denmark Kamilla Rytter Juhl
21–14, 21–8 1 Winner
2008 All England Open People's Republic of China Zheng Bo Indonesia Nova Widianto
Indonesia Liliyana Natsir
18–21, 21–14, 21–9 1 Winner
2007 Hong Kong Open People's Republic of China Zheng Bo Indonesia Nova Widianto
Indonesia Liliyana Natsir
23–21, 18–21, 19–21 2 Runner-up
2007 Japan Open People's Republic of China Zheng Bo Indonesia Nova Widianto
Indonesia Liliyana Natsir
21–19, 21–14 1 Winner
2007 China Masters People's Republic of China Zheng Bo England Anthony Clark
England Donna Kellogg
21–16, 21–17 1 Winner
2007 Indonesia Open People's Republic of China Zheng Bo Indonesia Nova Widianto
Indonesia Liliyana Natsir
21–16, 21–11 1 Winner
2007 All England Open People's Republic of China Zheng Bo England Anthony Clark
England Donna Kellogg
16–21, 21–18, 21–14 1 Winner
2007 Korea Open People's Republic of China Zheng Bo Denmark Thomas Laybourn
Denmark Kamilla Rytter Juhl
22–20, 21–19 1 Winner
2007 Malaysia Open People's Republic of China Zheng Bo England Nathan Robertson
England Gail Emms
21–12, 14–21, 21–15 1 Winner
     BWF Superseries Finals tournament
     BWF Superseries Premier tournament
     BWF Superseries tournament

BWF Grand Prix

The BWF Grand Prix has two levels, the Grand Prix Gold and Grand Prix. It is a series of badminton tournaments, sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) since 2007. The World Badminton Grand Prix has been sanctioned by the International Badminton Federation since 1983.

Women's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2009 Thailand Open People's Republic of China Wei Yili People's Republic of China Yang Wei
People's Republic of China Zhang Jiewen
24–22, 17–21, 15–21 2 Runner-up
2009 Philippines Open People's Republic of China Wei Yili Indonesia Shendy Puspa Irawati
Indonesia Meiliana Jauhari
21–11, 21–11 1 Winner
2007 Macau Open People's Republic of China Huang Sui South Korea Lee Kyung-won
South Korea Lee Hyo-jung
21–15, 21–7 1 Winner
2007 Thailand Open People's Republic of China Huang Sui People's Republic of China Du Jing
People's Republic of China Yu Yang
Walkover 1 Winner
2006 Japan Open People's Republic of China Huang Sui People's Republic of China Zhang Yawen
People's Republic of China Wei Yili
21–15, 21–17 1 Winner
2006 Hong Kong Open People's Republic of China Huang Sui People's Republic of China Yang Wei
People's Republic of China Zhang Jiewen
19–21, 21–15, 19–21 2 Runner-up
2006 Macau Open People's Republic of China Huang Sui South Korea Lee Hyo-jung
South Korea Lee Kyung-won
17–21, 21–14, 21–14 1 Winner
2006 Chinese Taipei Open People's Republic of China Huang Sui South Korea Lee Hyo-jung
South Korea Lee Kyung-won
18–21, 21–9, 17–21 2 Runner-up
2006 Malaysia Open People's Republic of China Huang Sui People's Republic of China Du Jing
People's Republic of China Yu Yang
9–21, 21–16, 21–17 1 Winner
2006 China Masters People's Republic of China Huang Sui People's Republic of China Zhang Yawen
People's Republic of China Wei Yili
21–12, 18–21, 21–14 1 Winner
2006 All England Open People's Republic of China Huang Sui People's Republic of China Yang Wei
People's Republic of China Zhang Jiewen
6–15, 15–11, 15–2 1 Winner
2006 German Open People's Republic of China Huang Sui People's Republic of China Yang Wei
People's Republic of China Zhang Jiewen
15–3, 11–15, 10–15 2 Runner-up
2005 China Open People's Republic of China Huang Sui People's Republic of China Yang Wei
People's Republic of China Zhang Jiewen
10–15, 4–15 2 Runner-up
2005 Hong Kong Open People's Republic of China Huang Sui People's Republic of China Yang Wei
People's Republic of China Zhang Jiewen
13–15, 15–8, 6–15 2 Runner-up
2005 China Masters People's Republic of China Huang Sui People's Republic of China Du Jing
People's Republic of China Yu Yang
4–15, 14–17 2 Runner-up
2005 Malaysia Open People's Republic of China Huang Sui People's Republic of China Yang Wei
People's Republic of China Zhang Jiewen
6–15, 8–15 2 Runner-up
2005 Singapore Open People's Republic of China Huang Sui People's Republic of China Zhang Dan
People's Republic of China Zhang Yawen
13–15, 10–15 2 Runner-up
2005 All England Open People's Republic of China Huang Sui People's Republic of China Wei Yili
People's Republic of China Zhao Tingting
15–10, 15–13 1 Winner
2005 German Open People's Republic of China Huang Sui People's Republic of China Wei Yili
People's Republic of China Zhao Tingting
15–4, 15–10 1 Winner
2004 Malaysia Open People's Republic of China Huang Sui People's Republic of China Yang Wei
People's Republic of China Zhang Jiewen
7–15, 6–15 2 Runner-up
2004 All England Open People's Republic of China Huang Sui People's Republic of China Yang Wei
People's Republic of China Zhang Jiewen
Walkover 1 Winner
2004 Swiss Open People's Republic of China Huang Sui People's Republic of China Yang Wei
People's Republic of China Zhang Jiewen
Walkover 1 Winner
2003 China Open People's Republic of China Huang Sui People's Republic of China Yang Wei
People's Republic of China Zhang Jiewen
15–8, 15–12 1 Winner
2003 Hong Kong Open People's Republic of China Huang Sui People's Republic of China Yang Wei
People's Republic of China Zhang Jiewen
17–14, 15–5 1 Winner
2003 Malaysia Open People's Republic of China Huang Sui People's Republic of China Yang Wei
People's Republic of China Zhang Jiewen
5–15, 15–1, 15–17 2 Runner-up
2003 Indonesia Open People's Republic of China Huang Sui People's Republic of China Yang Wei
People's Republic of China Zhang Jiewen
Walkover 1 Winner
2003 Singapore Open People's Republic of China Huang Sui People's Republic of China Yang Wei
People's Republic of China Zhang Jiewen
16–17, 7–15 2 Runner-up
2003 Japan Open People's Republic of China Huang Sui People's Republic of China Wei Yili
People's Republic of China Zhao Tingting
10–13, 11–6, 11–5 1 Winner
2003 All England Open People's Republic of China Huang Sui People's Republic of China Yang Wei
People's Republic of China Zhang Jiewen
11–9, 11–7 1 Winner
2002 China Open People's Republic of China Huang Sui People's Republic of China Wei Yili
People's Republic of China Zhao Tingting
11–9, 11–3 1 Winner
2002 Indonesia Open People's Republic of China Huang Sui Thailand Sujitra Ekmongkolpaisarn
Thailand Saralee Thungthongkam
11–5, 11–4 1 Winner
2002 Japan Open People's Republic of China Huang Sui South Korea Lee Kyung-won
South Korea Ra Kyung-min
5–7, 7–1, 2–7, 8–6, 1–7 2 Runner-up
2002 Korea Open People's Republic of China Huang Sui People's Republic of China Chen Lin
People's Republic of China Jiang Xuelian
7–2, 7–3, 5–7, 7–3 1 Winner
2002 All England Open People's Republic of China Huang Sui People's Republic of China Zhang Jiewen
People's Republic of China Wei Yili
7–3, 7–5, 8–7 1 Winner
2001 Malaysia Open People's Republic of China Huang Sui People's Republic of China Huang Nanyan
People's Republic of China Yang Wei
1–7, 7–4, 3–7, 0–7 2 Runner-up
2001 Japan Open People's Republic of China Huang Sui People's Republic of China Huang Nanyan
People's Republic of China Yang Wei
15–13, 15–10 1 Winner
2001 All England Open People's Republic of China Huang Sui People's Republic of China Wei Yili
People's Republic of China Zhang Jiewen
10–15, 15–8, 15–9 1 Winner
2000 Swiss Open People's Republic of China Qin Yiyuan People's Republic of China Huang Nanyan
People's Republic of China Yang Wei
15–5, 8–15, 15–9 1 Winner
1999 China Open People's Republic of China Qin Yiyuan People's Republic of China Ge Fei
People's Republic of China Gu Jun
5–15, 6–15 2 Runner-up
1999 Denmark Open People's Republic of China Qin Yiyuan People's Republic of China Chen Lin
People's Republic of China Jiang Xuelian
15–12, 15–8 1 Winner
1999 German Open People's Republic of China Qin Yiyuan People's Republic of China Chen Lin
People's Republic of China Jiang Xuelian
13–15, 13–15 2 Runner-up
1999 Thailand Open People's Republic of China Qin Yiyuan Indonesia Emma Ermawati
Indonesia Vita Marissa
15–8, 15–2 1 Winner
1999 Malaysia Open People's Republic of China Qin Yiyuan People's Republic of China Ge Fei
People's Republic of China Gu Jun
8–15, 10–15 2 Runner-up

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2007 German Open People's Republic of China Zheng Bo People's Republic of China Xu Chen
People's Republic of China Zhao Tingting
21–11, 21–10 1 Winner
2006 Macau Open People's Republic of China Zhang Jun Denmark Thomas Laybourn
Denmark Kamilla Rytter Juhl
19–21, 20–22 2 Runner-up
2006 Malaysia Open People's Republic of China Zhang Jun Denmark Jonas Rasmussen
Denmark Britta Andersen
19–21, 21–14, 21–15 1 Winner
2006 China Masters People's Republic of China Zhang Jun People's Republic of China Xie Zhongbo
People's Republic of China Zhang Yawen
16–21, 21–10, 20–22 2 Runner-up
2006 All England Open People's Republic of China Zhang Jun England Nathan Robertson
England Gail Emms
12–15, 17–15, 15–1 1 Winner
2006 German Open People's Republic of China Zhang Jun People's Republic of China Xie Zhongbo
People's Republic of China Zhang Yawen
15–11, 15–12 1 Winner
2005 China Masters People's Republic of China Zhang Jun Singapore Hendri Kurniawan Saputra
Singapore Li Yujia
15–7, 15–13 1 Winner
2005 Singapore Open People's Republic of China Zhang Jun Thailand Sudket Prapakamol
Thailand Saralee Thungthongkam
10–15, 15–7, 15–5 1 Winner
2004 Indonesia Open People's Republic of China Zhang Jun England Robert Blair
England Natalie Munt
15–9, 15–9 1 Winner
2004 Malaysia Open People's Republic of China Zhang Jun South Korea Kim Yong-hyun
South Korea Lee Hyo-jung
15–2, 15–11 1 Winner
2004 Swiss Open People's Republic of China Zhang Jun South Korea Kim Dong-moon
South Korea Ra Kyung-min
2–15, 8–15 2 Runner-up
2003 China Open People's Republic of China Zhang Jun People's Republic of China Chen Qiqiu
People's Republic of China Zhao Tingting
15–13, 15–6 1 Winner
2003 Hong Kong Open People's Republic of China Zhang Jun South Korea Kim Dong-moon
South Korea Ra Kyung-min
7–15, 10–15 2 Runner-up
2003 German Open People's Republic of China Zhang Jun South Korea Kim Dong-moon
South Korea Ra Kyung-min
12–15, 15–11, 8–15 2 Runner-up
2003 Indonesia Open People's Republic of China Zhang Jun South Korea Kim Dong-moon
South Korea Ra Kyung-min
15–10, 11–15, 6–15 2 Runner-up
2003 Japan Open People's Republic of China Zhang Jun Denmark Jens Eriksen
Denmark Mette Schjoldager
9–11, 11–8, 11–9 1 Winner
2003 All England Open People's Republic of China Zhang Jun People's Republic of China Chen Qiqiu
People's Republic of China Zhao Tingting
11–6, 11–7 1 Winner
2002 China Open People's Republic of China Zhang Jun People's Republic of China Chen Qiqiu
People's Republic of China Zhao Tingting
11–4, 11–4 1 Winner
2001 All England Open People's Republic of China Zhang Jun Denmark Michael Søgaard
Denmark Rikke Olsen
10–15, 15–8, 15–9 1 Winner
2001 Korea Open People's Republic of China Zhang Jun South Korea Kim Dong-moon
South Korea Ra Kyung-min
8–15, 11–15 2 Runner-up
2000 Thailand Open People's Republic of China Zhang Jun England Simon Archer
England Joanne Goode
15–13, 15–12 1 Winner
2000 Swiss Open People's Republic of China Zhang Jun South Korea Kim Dong-moon
South Korea Ra Kyung-min
8–15, 9–15 2 Runner-up
1999 China Open People's Republic of China Zhang Jun People's Republic of China Liu Yong
People's Republic of China Ge Fei
8–15, 5–15 2 Runner-up
1999 Denmark Open People's Republic of China Zhang Jun People's Republic of China Liu Yong
People's Republic of China Ge Fei
12–15, 14–17 2 Runner-up
     BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament
     BWF & IBF Grand Prix tournament

IBF International

Women's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1999 French International People's Republic of China Qin Yiyuan Malaysia Ang Li Peng
Malaysia Chor Hooi Yee
15–0, 15–3 1 Winner
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