| Event type

Doubles, Men

Date24 – 31 July 2021
LocationMusashino Forest Sports Plaza, Chōfu, Tokyo, Japan
Participants32 from 14 countries
FormatSingle-elimination tournament.

China’s Fu Haifeng had won gold with different partners at the last two editions of the Olympics, but he had retired and none of the 2016 medalists returned to compete in this event in Tokyo (one of the bronze medalists, Marcus Ellis, took part in the mixed doubles). This meant that reigning world champions Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia were considered the favorites, with Setiawan having been Olympic champion with a different partner in 2008. Top seeded going into the 2020 tournament were reigning Asian champions Marcus Gideon and Kevin Sukamuljo, also of Indonesia.

The tournament went as expected in the group stages, but a shock came in the quarterfinals, when Gideon and Sukamuljo were soundly defeated by the duo from Malaysia: Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik. This was followed by another surprise in the finals when the other Indonesian team was vanquished even more thoroughly by Lee Yang and Wang Chi-Lin of Taiwan. Lee and Wang went on to face China’s Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen in the final, the latter of whom had emerged victorious over the Malaysian pair. Once again, however, the Taiwanese duo had control of the match and took the gold medal with relative ease, becoming the first Taiwanese Olympic medalists in badminton (Tai Tzu-ying would take silver in the women’s singles the following day). The bronze medal match was a little harder fought, but the Malaysians came out on top, having prevented both of the favored Indonesian teams from reaching the podium.

1Lee Yang / Wang Chi-LinTPEGold
2Li Junhui / Liu YuchenCHNSilver
3Aaron Chia / Soh Wooi YikMASBronze
4Mohammad Ahsan / Hendra SetiawanINA
=5Kim Astrup / Anders Skaarup RasmussenDEN
=5Hiroyuki Endo / Yuta WatanabeJPN
=5Marcus Gideon / Kevin SukamuljoINA
=5Takeshi Kamura / Keigo SonodaJPN
=9Phillip Chew / Ryan ChewUSA
=9Choi Sol-Gyu / Seo Seung-JaeKOR
=9Jason Ho-Shue / Nyl YakuraCAN
=9Vladimir Ivanov / Ivan SozonovROC
=9Mark Lamsfuß / Marvin SeidelGER
=9Ben Lane / Sean VendyGBR
=9Godwin Olofua / Anuoluwapo Juwon OpeyoriNGR
=9Satwiksairaj Rankireddy / Chirag ShettyIND