Gong Zhichao

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Gong Zhichao
Personal information
Country China
Born (1977-12-15) 15 December 1977 (age 41)
Anhua, Hunan, China
Height1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)
Weight53 kg (117 lb)
CoachLi Lingwei
Women's singles
Highest ranking1
BWF profile

Gong Zhichao (simplified Chinese: 龚智超; traditional Chinese: 龔智超; pinyin: Gōng Zhìchāo; born 15 December 1977) was a former badminton player from the People's Republic of China.

Career[edit]

Gong was one of the world's leading women's singles players between her first international titles in 1996 and her retirement in 2002. She won some of the world's biggest tournaments, including the venerable All-England Championship consecutively in 2000 and 2001 over fellow countrywomen Dai Yun and Zhou Mi respectively in the finals. Her other titles included the 1996 Asian Championships, the 2000 Copenhagen Masters; and the Denmark (1996), Swedish (1997), China (1997), Japan (1998, 2000), and Malaysia (2000) Opens. At the then biennial IBF (BWF) World Championships Gong was a silver medalist behind fellow countrywoman Ye Zhaoying in 1997, and a bronze medalist in 2001. She played winning singles for Chinese Uber Cup (women's international) teams that reclaimed the world team title from Indonesia in 1998, and retained the title in 2000.

Unfortunately for Gong, her biggest triumph in an event for individual players, women's singles at the 2000 Olympic Games, is tainted by controversy. According to his later statement, China's head badminton coach Li Yongbo instructed Gong's semifinal opponent, teammate Ye Zhaoying, to "throw" the match against her, on his assumption that Gong would have the better chance to defeat Denmark's Camilla Martin in the final.[1] Whatever the effect of these "instructions" on Ye, a two time former IBF World Champion, she lost the match to Gong 8-11, 8-11, who in turn defeated reigning IBF World Champion Martin for the gold medal 13-10, 11-3.

Achievements[edit]

Olympic Games[edit]

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2000 The Dome, Sydney, Australia Denmark Camilla Martin 13–10, 11–3 Gold Gold

World Championships[edit]

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2001 Palacio de Deportes de San Pablo, Seville, Spain China Gong Ruina 10–13, 4–11 Bronze Bronze
1997 Scotstoun Centre, Glasgow, Scotland China Ye Zhaoying 11–12, 8–11 Silver Silver

World Cup[edit]

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1997 Yogyakarta, Indonesia Indonesia Susi Susanti 10–13, 9–11 Bronze Bronze

Asian Games[edit]

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1998 Thammasat Gymnasium 2, Bangkok, Thailand Japan Kanako Yonekura 11–1, 5–11, 6–11 Silver Silver

Asian Championships[edit]

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1999 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia China Ye Zhaoying 2–11, 4–11 Bronze Bronze
1998 Bangkok, Thailand China Ye Zhaoying 5–11, 12–11 Silver Silver
1996 Surabaya, Indonesia South Korea Lee Joo-hyun 11–7, 11–1 Gold Gold

IBF World Grand Prix[edit]

The World Badminton Grand Prix sanctioned by International Badminton Federation (IBF) since 1983.

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2001 All England Open China Zhou Mi 11–7, 11–3 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2000 Grand Prix Finals China Zhou Mi 5–7, 7–5, 1–7, 0–7 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2000 Malaysia Open China Dai Yun 11–6, 11–8 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2000 Japan Open China Ye Zhaoying 11–7, 11–3 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2000 All England Open China Dai Yun 11–5, 8–11, 11–5 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
1999 Singapore Open China Ye Zhaoying 5–11, 11–5, 7–11 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1999 Japan Open China Ye Zhaoying 11–1, 5–11, 6–11 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1998 Swedish Open South Korea Kim Ji-hyun 10–12, 8–11 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1998 Japan Open China Ye Zhaoying 11–1, 11–4 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
1997 China Open China Dai Yun 11–1, 11–5 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
1997 Singapore Open Indonesia Mia Audina 6–11, 6–11 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1997 All England Open China Ye Zhaoying 3–11, 1–11 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1997 Swedish Open South Korea Ra Kyung-min 11–4, 11–4 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
1997 Korea Open China Ye Zhaoying 11–6, 10–12, 4–11 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1997 Japan Open Indonesia Mia Audina 3–11, 11–2, 5–11 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1996 Denmark Open Sweden Marina Andrievskaya 12–11, 11–4 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
1996 Russian Open China Han Jingna 7–11, 5–11 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chinese Coach Admits the Team Decision in Women's Singles of Badminton in 2000 Sydney Olympic Games".

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