|Born||30 May 1977|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Weight||82 kg (181 lb; 12.9 st)|
|Mixed & Men's doubles|
|Highest ranking||1 (in XD) |
4 (in MD)
Nathan James Robertson (born 30 May 1977 in Nottingham) from Cotgrave in Nottinghamshire is a retired English badminton player who has achieved international success in both the men's events and the mixed doubles event. He was educated at Dayncourt School Specialist Sports College.
His best results include winning gold at the 2004 European Championships in Geneva, and a silver medal at the 2004 Olympic Games, both partnering Gail Emms in the mixed doubles. He has won six medals at the Commonwealth Games, and has won the last four men's doubles (with Anthony Clark) and the last two mixed doubles (with Gail Emms) at the English National Badminton Championships.
2004 Summer Olympics
Robertson competed in badminton at the 2004 Summer Olympics in men's doubles with partner Anthony Clark. They defeated Sudket Prapakamol and Patapol Ngernsrisuk of Thailand in the first round, then were defeated in the round of 16 by Eng Hian and Flandy Limpele of Indonesia, who had previously represented England for a brief period.
He also competed in mixed doubles with Emms. They had a bye in the first round and defeated Björn Siegemund and Nicol Pitro of Germany in the second. In the quarterfinals, Robertson and Emms beat Chen Qiqiu and Zhao Tingting of China 15-8, 17-15 to advance to the semifinals. There, they beat Jonas Rasmussen and Rikke Olsen of Denmark 15-6, 15-12. In the final, they lost to Chinese pair Zhang Jun and Gao Ling 15-1, 12-15, 15-12 to finish with the silver medal.
2005 World Championships
At the 2005 World Championships, he and Emms began the tournament as Number 1 seeds. However, after getting a bye into the second round, he received an ankle injury during practice and they were forced to withdraw.
The 2006 Commonwealth Games brought Robertson a Silver in the team event and a Gold in the mixed doubles with Emms.
2008 Beijing Games
Emms and Robertson did well in their first match in the mixed doubles with a win over the Chinese pairing who were world number 2. The 2006 world champions took the first game 21-16 before Gao Ling and Zheng Bo hit back to win the second 21-16.
The British duo found themselves 12-17 down in the decider only to show great powers of recovery to triumph 21-19.
Along with his partner, Gail Emms, they lost out on a medal at the quarter final stage.
2009 World Badminton Championship
Nathan Robertson used the Carlton Fireblade Tour racket.
Nathan Robertson announced his retirement on 5 June 2012.
- Nathan Robertson Olympic Profile
- "Terror threat forces English out of World Badminton Championships". The Guardian. London. 9 August 2009.
- "Nathan Robertson: GB's 'best ever' confirms retirement". 5 June 2012.