POLL – Who will win a 3rd Olympic gold in Rio?

Two double gold medallists and one gold medallist doing double duty are converging on the Rio Olympic Games badminton competition.  Who has the best chance of reaching a total of […]

Two double gold medallists and one gold medallist doing double duty are converging on the Rio Olympic Games badminton competition.  Who has the best chance of reaching a total of three?

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Historically, eight players have picked up two gold medals in Olympic badminton.  Most of these – Ge Fei / Gu Jun, Zhang Jun / Gao Ling, Kim Dong Moon, and Zhang Ning – have long since retired but two have returned to seek gold in Rio and one is bringing a top men’s doubles Olympian with her.

is attempting to become the first player to win gold in three different Olympic Games.  Zhao Yunlei is already the only player ever to win two golds at a single .  Although Zhao was not selected by China in two disciplines again – despite qualifying for both – she is the favourite to win mixed again, which would give her that coveted third gold.

Zhao’s partner at the top of the London podium, Zhang Nan, was selected for both men’s and mixed doubles and he is the fourth seed in the former, where he is partnering another London gold medallist, Fu Haifeng.  If he can win both his second and his third golds, then Zhao will necessarily get her third as well.

Which do you think is the most likely to achieve this special milestone?  Cast your vote in the below.

Who has the best chance of winning a 3rd Olympic gold in Rio?

  • Zhao Yunlei (mixed doubles) (35%, 62 Votes)
  • Lin Dan (men's singles) (30%, 52 Votes)
  • No one....yet (26%, 45 Votes)
  • Zhang Nan (men's and mixed doubles) and Zhao Yunlei (mixed doubles) (9%, 16 Votes)

Total Voters: 175

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Don Hearn

About Don Hearn

Don Hearn is an Editor and Correspondent who hails from a badminton-loving town in rural Canada. He joined the Badzine team in 2006 to provide coverage of the Korean badminton scene and is committed to helping Badzine to promote badminton to the place it deserves as a global sport. Contact him at: don @ badzine.net