Badminton is known to us as one of the most famous racket sports in the world. This game originally developed in British India, where it was very popular by the 1870s. In 1992, it was first played at the Olympic Games in Barcelona. so, currently we talk about 10 all time Greatest Badminton Players.
It is said that, it is the second most popular sports around the world. Sometimes, badminton is often played as an incidental outdoor activity in a yard or on a beach, formal games are played on a rectangular indoor court. We perceive badminton with the racquets and player hitting shuttlecocks at the speed of 300 km ph. At this moment, we are going to know the top ten greatest badminton players of all time.
Top 10 Greatest Badminton Players
Find out the history badminton and see some of the greatest badminton players of all time in the world. We listed up top 10 greatest badminton players of all time history.
Lin Dan is a Chinese professional badminton player who was born on October 14, 1983, Lin was born to Shanghang County, Longyan, Fujian. He has won two-time Olympic champion, five times World champion as well as six times England Champion. When he completed “Super Grand Slam”, he regarded as the greatest badminton player of all time.
After winning the All England Open final, he is known to everyone “Super Dan” by Peter Grade. In 2008, he became the first men’s singles player to retain the Olympic gold medal by winning and in 2012 defending his title. He was voted as the 2010 best male athlete in CCTV Sports Personality of the Year for his clean sweep in major badminton titles on January 16, 2011.
2. Lee Chong Wei
Lee Chong Wei is a Malaysian professional badminton player. During 2008 to 2012, he was ranked first worldwide for 199 consecutive weeks. He is the only Malaysian shuttler to hold the number one ranking for more than a year.
In 2008, he won his first silver medal. He is Known to as a triple silver medalist at the Olympic Games and six Malaysian to win an Olympic medal. He earned the title “Datuk.” He is called as a national hero by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak. When he repeated his twice achievement in 2012 1st 2013, he is known as the most successful Malaysian Olympic in history.
3. Taufik Hidayat
Taufik Hidayat is a quondam world and Olympic champion in men’s singles. He was an Indonesian badminton player. He was born on August 10, 1981, in Indonesia. He has won the Indonesian Open six times in 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2006. In 2002, he also won the gold medal at the Asian Games twice, at Busan.
He won the men’s singles competition at the IBF World Championships in 2005. Hidayat built a badminton training center named Taufik Hidayat Arena (THA) in November 2012. This training center is named “house of badminton” by Taufik.
4. Rudy Hartono
Rudy Hartono is considered to be one of the greatest badminton players of all time. He is a professional Indonesian badminton player. During 1968-1974, he won the men’s singles title at the prestigious All- England Championship eight times. In 1980 he achieved at World Championship on his only attempt at this title.
He also wrapped not only badminton sports but also many types of sports such as athletics, volleyball, football, and even roller skating. In 1976, Rudy married Jane Anwar and they have two children. Within the Badminton World Federation (BWF), he played an active role. He was Chairman of Development Affairs at the Indonesian Badminton Association (PBSI) in 2006.
5. Gao Ling
Gao Ling is a Chinese badminton player. She is the most successful doubles players in the history of women’s badminton. She is noted for her consistency, anticipation, forecourt prowess, and sporting smile. Gao has won four gold Olympic badminton medals at the BWF World Championships which is the most of any player. In 2006 she also earned a bronze medal with Qin Yiyuan and in 2004 she has won a silver medal with Huang Sui.
She and Huang captured a record six consecutive women’s doubles titles at the venerable All- England Championships from 2001 to 2006. Gao has shared five All-England mixed doubles titles: three with Zhang Jun in 2001, 2003, and 2006. She has also shared two with Zheng Bo in 2007 as well as 2008. During 2000, she has been a member of the perennial world champion Chinese Uber Cup team.
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6. Tony Gunawan
Tony Gunawan is the badminton player of Indonesia and also the United States who was born on 9 April 1975. Gunawan is a previous Olympic gold medalist and world champion for Indonesia in the badminton history. He is regarded as the greatest doubles players. He has won the 2000 Olympic gold medal, the 2001 IBF World Championships, and 2005 IBF World Championships with 3 different men’s doubles partners.
During 1992-2001, he played for Indonesia and in 2001 he has coached and played for USA. At the present time, the coaches at San Gabriel Badminton Club 2. He married with Etty Tantri who is a Women’s doubles in Indonesia in July 29,2002. They have two sons who are Christopher and Leon.
7. Morten Frost Hansen
Morten Frost Hansen is a formidable badminton player who represented Denmark. He was top three of the world ranking for twelve years. In 1985 and 1987, he earned a silver medal twice during 1984 and 1986, he was also European champion. During 1976-1991, he represented Denmark on the national team. He noted for his exceptionally smooth and fluid footwork.
After his successful playing career, he became on a successful coach the Danish national team. During his coach, this team achieved over 20 major international wins such as including an Olympic gold medal in 1996, six gold medals and three silver medals at the European Championships in 1996, the men’s singles titles at the 1995 and 1996 All England Championships, and gold, two silver and four bronze medals at the World Championships in 1995. Frost worked as a commentator on the BBC’s TV coverage at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. He contracted to be a technical director of the Malaysian national team until 2015 to 2020.
8. Li Lingwei
Li Lingwei is a Chinese badminton player of the greatest history of the world. She was born on January 7, 1964. She was a brilliant all-around player whose court coverage and net play were impressive. She maintained an overall side on her teammate, rival, and also sometimes doubles partner Han Aiping. They won IBF World Championships twice in the 1980s and IBF doubles in 1985.
They also led Chinese teams so that they won the biennial Uber Cup. In 1989, she retired, and in 1998, she was inducted into the Badminton Hall of Fame. She was elected as a member of the International Olympic Committee, receiving 83 votes out of 94 in July 2012. Jacques Rogge presented her with an “IOC gold medal”.
Han Aiping was a professional Chinese badminton player who was born on April 22, 1962. She noted for her superb overhead strokes. She and her teammate, rival, and sometimes doubles partner Li Lingwei dominated international singles play for most of the decade, each winning the IBF World Championships twice, and led Chinese teams to victory in Uber Cup (women’s world team) competitions.
She has won three gold medals. She is known to us one of the most successful players at the World Championships. Besides, she achieved also a silver medal in both singles and doubles. She was a member of the International Badminton Federation. She was inducted into the Badminton Hall of Fame in 1998.
10. Peter Hoeg Gade
Peter Hoeg Grade was born on December 14, 1976, in Aalborg, Denmark. In 1999, Gade made his mark in badminton history through his All England Open Badminton Championships singles title.
During 1998 to 2001, he was top in the world rankings. His playing style is known to all like a fast attack, smooth footwork, and constant pressure. Gade has become one of the sport’s most successful players with his 22 Grand-Prix titles. He retired from international competition in 2012.
Badminton needs the player to be acrobatic, skillful and passonate on their techniques as well as they need to have strength and muscle power to go with quick reflexes to make it to the top. so, badminton not an easy go when you play it professionally. so, its not easy to be Greatest Badminton Players as well.