Sport Badminton Girl
Badminton made its debut as a demonstration sport at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. It was not until the 1992 Games in Barcelona that it was officially included in the Olympic program, with men’s and women’s singles and doubles events. The mixed doubles event made its debut in 1996 at the Atlanta Olympic Games. Since then, the number of events has remained unchanged.
Although the creation of modern badminton is attributed to England, it is Asia that now dominates this sport. Between 1992 and 2008, Asian countries won 69 of the 76 medals available in the Olympic competition! The dominant countries are China, Indonesia and the Republic of Korea, followed by Great Britain and Denmark.
Check out the top 5 female singles Badminton players in Olympic History!
Li Xuerui (CHN) - Gold Medal London 2012 : In 2019, she played 25 times with 11 wins and 14 losses, finished as the runner-up at the New Zealand Open, losing to South Korean youngster An Se-young with a score of 19–21, 15–21, then made to the quarter-final at the All England Open, stopped by the 2017 World Champion from Japan Nozomi Okuhara with a score of 17–21, 14–21. On 17 October 2019, Li announced her retirement from the international tournament.
Carolina Marin (ESP) - Gold Medal Rio 2016 : Marín began her 2019 season with a runner-up effort at the Malaysia Masters, where she lost to Ratchanok Intanon in straight sets. On 27 January, Marín suffered a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) during the Indonesia Masters final against Saina Nehwal, when she was 10-3 ahead in the first set. Carolina Marin subsequently retired from the match and underwent the ACL reconstruction surgery as soon as she was flown back to Madrid the same day.
Susi Susanti (INA) - Gold Medal Barcelona 1992, Silver Model Atlanta 1996 : She won the women's singles gold medal at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain and the bronze medal at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, United States. She retired from the world badminton circuit not long after her marriage to Alan Budikusuma (who had also won a badminton singles gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics) in February 1997. Susanti was the most dominant women's singles player in the first half of the 1990s, winning the All-England in 1990, 1991, 1993 and 1994, the World Badminton Grand Prix finale five times consecutively from 1990 to 1994 as well as in 1996, and the IBF World Championships in 1993.
Bang Soo-Hyun (KOR) - Gold Medal Atlanta 1996, Silver Medal Barcelona 1992 : She won two medals in the IBF World Championships, in 1993 a silver medal as runner-up to Susanti, and in 1995 a bronze medal.
Zhang Ning (CHN) - Gold Medal Athens 2004, Gold Medal Beijing 2008 : Zhang Ning is a former badminton player from the People's Republic of China. She won the Olympic gold medal twice for women's singles in both 2004 and 2008. She has played badminton on the world scene since the mid-1990s and has been particularly successful since 2002 while in her late twenties and early thirties, relatively late for singles at the highest level, and especially for top players in the Chinese system who are developed very early. She is known for her consistency of shot, deception and constant pressure, dictating the pace of rallies and working her opponents in all four corners of the court. She is the only female player to win consecutive Olympic singles gold medals.