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The Greatest Badminton Player at the Olympic Games

Who is the greatest Badminton Player of all time based on Olympic Games performances? We have used a weighted total medal count of each male and female Badminton Player from all modern Olympic Games to rank their overall performance, using data from all Olympics including the Tokyo 2020 Games.

There are many badminton players with two gold medals. The best all-time performing badminton player at the Olympic Games is female player Gao Ling of China, who competed in 2000 and 2004, winning four medals, two of them gold. The best ranked male player is China's Fu Haifeng, who has a silver medal in addition to his two golds. See the table below to see how other athletes ranked.

See also the best athlete from each sport, and the best overall.

Top Olympic Games Badminton Players

Here are the top ranked athletes from the sport of Badminton for performances at all Olympiads, using the Topend Sports Weighted Ranking System to order the athletes, awarding points for both gold (6 points) and other medals (silver 2 pts, bronze 1 pt). All athletes who have won at least 2 gold medals have been included in this list. Chinese player Gil Young-ah won 3 medals, though only one gold medal.

Table: The Top Ranked Athletes from Badminton at the Olympic Games (including 2021)

rank name country gender Gold Silver Bronze total
1 Gao Ling China F 2 1 1 4 15
2 Fu Haifeng China M 2 1 0 3 14
=3 Kim Dong-moon South Korea  M 2 0 1 3 13
=3 Zhang Nan China M 2 0 1 3 13
=3 Zhao Yunlei China F 2 0 1 3 13
=6 Lin Dan China M 2 0 0 2 12
=6 Zhang Ning China F 2 0 0 2 12
=6 Zhang Jun China M 2 0 0 2 12
=6 Ge Fei China F 2 0 0 2 12
=6 Gu Jun China F 2 0 0 2 12

notes: initial data from wikipedia of multiple Olympic gold medalists (with at least 2 gold medals, including results from 2021). For the ranking order, we have used the Topend Sports Weighted Ranking System.

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