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Saturday, August 21, 2004
Gao wins third Olympic medal

Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece -- China won the gold and silver medals in women's doubles badminton on Saturday, with top-seeded Zhang Jiewin and Yang Wei beating Huang Sui and Gao Ling in the final match.

The Chinese failed to equal their three-medal sweep in the Sydney Games. Ra Kyung-min and Lee Kyung-won beat China's Zhao Tingting and Wei Yili 10-15, 15-9, 15-7 for the bronze medal.

Zhang and Yang rallied to get the gold medal 7-15, 15-4, 15-8, winning several long, entertaining rallies in the third game -- one point went 94 strokes -- to pull ahead 7-0.

Huang and Gao got within 7-11, but no closer. Zhang smashed the winning point with an overhead and hugged Yang.

It's the third Olympic medal for Gao, who won mixed doubles in Sydney and finished second in the women's doubles with Quin Yiyuan in 2000. Yang won silver in the women's doubles in Sydney with Huang Nanyan.

Also on Saturday, Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia won the gold medal Saturday in men's badminton, beating Shon Seung-mo of South Korea, 15-8,15-7.

Soni Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia won the bronze.