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Last Updated: Thursday, 19 August, 2004, 13:31 GMT 14:31 UK
Badminton final as it happened
All the action as Britain's Nathan Robertson and Gail Emms just miss out on gold to China in the mixed doubles final.

Result: Robertson/Emms (GB) 1-15 15-12 12-15 Zhang/Gao (Chn)

Game three:
After a brilliant match, China's Ling Gao and Jun Zhang make history by winning back-to-back Olympic titles.

The British duo of Emms and Robertson brilliantly save two match points on the Gao and Zhang serve, but can do nothing to prevent the third.

But it was a heroic effort from the British pair - who still take the silver medal - after being blown away in the opening game.

China make a strong start, taking the first three points, before the British , who seem to have raised their standards yet again, reel off four points in a row to move ahead.

Britain's morale-boosting first point of the game comes as Zhang, who has annoyed portions of the crowd and the British team with some questionable gamesmanship, sends the shuttlecock into the net.

Zhang has questioned line calls, queried the suitability of the shuttlecock and taken unauthorised breaks in an attempt to unsettle the unimpressed British pair.

Game two:
An incredible reversal of fortunes for Emms and Robertson as they raise their game to level the match by winning the second game.

With the second-game finishing line in sight for Britain, Zhang and Gao responded to close the gap to two points, but Robertson held his nerve on the second game-point, watching Zhang's return go just long.

Emms' play at the net has improved out of all recognition from her nervy display in the first game, while Robertson's height and power are making a massive impact on the match.

Earlier, a fired-up Zhang protests after his serve was called long and, much to the disgust of Britain, the line judge changes his mind to narrow the gap to just three points.

The British pair are defending with amazing tenacity and really taking the fight to their opponents.

Game one:
A disastrous start for Britain as China, who win the opening nine points, take the first game inside 12 minutes.

The British scoreboard finally gets moving as Gao sends a return into the net on the 10th point.

But with the match being played at a breathtaking pace, the British duo - despite some heroic defensive efforts - are struggling to keep up with the intensity of their second-seeded opponents.

Zhang's explosive power with his overhead smashes is causing much difficulty for Emms and Robertson, with Emms seeming to be singled out.

The British pair are caught between the devil and the deep blue sea, as their lobs to the back of the court are snapped up by Zhang, while Gao seizes on any opportunity at the net.

The British duo, both 27, are seeded four and have exceeded expectations by reaching the final, guaranteeing at least a silver medal.

After a bye in their opening round, they cruised into the last eight with a 15-11 15-4 win over Germany's Bjoern Siegemund and Nicol Pitro.

They followed that by beating sixth seeds Chen Qiqiu and Zhao Tinting of China 15-8 17-15, before reaching the final with a 15-6 15-12 win over seventh seeds Rikke Olsen and Jonas Rasmussen from Denmark.

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