The two Chinese teams of Zhang Nan / Zhao Yunlei and Xu Chen / Ma Jin face off for the gold medal in the final of the mixed doubles badminton event int the Wembley Arena at the London 2012 Olympic Games (3 August).

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Badminton made its debut as a demonstration sport at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. It was not until the 1992 Games in Barcelona that it was officially included on the Olympic programme, with men’s and women’s singles and doubles events. The mixed doubles event made its debut in 1996 at the Atlanta Olympic Games. Since then, the number of events has remained unchanged.

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