Bulutangkis atau kita tahu bulutangkis adalah salah satu olahraga populer di seluruh dunia yang telah menjadi bagian dari salah satu olahraga olimpiade sejak 1992. Olahraga ini menuntut ketangkasan, mentalitas dan strategi dalam bermain raket dan shuttlecock memiliki 5 acara yang terdiri dari Men’s Singles ( Pria Lajang), Tunggal Wanita (Tunggal Wanita), Ganda Putra (Ganda Pria), Ganda Wanita (Ganda Wanita), Ganda Campuran (Ganda Campuran).
Sejak kemunculannya, Badminton telah menjadi salah satu dari sedikit olahraga paling populer di negara itu sendiri. Sejarah juga mencatat bahwa Indonesia telah mengukir tinta kemenangan yang manis ketika juara dunia itu bersaing dengan Cina dari Susi Susanti yang legendaris ke Taufik Hidayat.
Namun di antara 5 acara di bulu tangkis, tunggal putra bermain lebih banyak menuntut tidak hanya kelincahan setiap pemain yang memukau, tetapi kompetisi tunggal sengit antara Indonesia dan Cina selalu meramaikan sebagian besar pertandingan final bulu tangkis dunia dari Indonesia Open hingga Kejuaraan Dunia dan Olimpiade. Barisan pemain pria dari seluruh dunia seperti Indonesia, Cina, Malaysia, dan Denmark memiliki kemampuan luar biasa yang telah diakui sebagai legenda dan termasuk di antara pemain pria terbaik.
Inilah 10 atlet bulutangkis pria terbaik dalam sejarah:
1. Lin Dan
Lin Dan lahir pada 14 Oktober 1983 di Longyan, Fujian, Cina, dan dijuluki “Super Dan” oleh Peter Gade. Dia memenangkan Olimpiade dua kali, memenangkan kejuaraan dunia lima kali dan juara All England lima kali, dan dianggap oleh banyak orang sebagai pemain terbaik dan paling sukses sebagai pemain bulutangkis tunggal sepanjang masa. Lin Dan memenangkan sembilan gelar utama di dunia bulu tangkis dan menyelesaikan “Super Grand Slam” pada usia muda 28 tahun.
He also became the first and only player to achieve this achievement. Lin Dan first won Olympic gold in 2008 and retained the title again in 2012, and became the only single player to date. He aligned himself even more than Eddie Choong Player of the Year twice in 2006 and 2007. He became the Best BWF men’s athlete in 2008 and was chosen as the Most Valuable Player at the 2010 Asian Games in China.
2. Lee Chong Wei
Altet is a Malaysian badminton professional Lee Chong Wei, born on October 21, 1982 in Bagan Serai, Perak, Malaysia. Unlike Taufik Hidayat, Lee Chong Wei was only able to win silver medals in both the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, and became the first Malaysian athlete to reach the final in the men’s singles from badminton at the Olympics.
Lee Chong Wei was named by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak as a national hero, and has received the title “Dato” for his contribution in Malaysian sports. Lee Chong Wei holds the world number 1 ranking for 199 consecutive weeks from August 21, 2008 to June 14, 2012. He is the only Malaysian badminton player who holds the top position in the world ranking for more than a year. His autobiography “Dare to Become Champion” was officially published on January 18, 2012.
Taufik Hidayat, a son of the nation who was born in Bandung, August 10, 1981, was dubbed the most talented player in history in the world of badminton. He has never been touched by science, unlike Lin Dan who incidentally has the assistance of leading facilities in developing the art and science of badminton in improving the ability of athletes.
Taufik is a player who appeared in the professional field at the age of 15, and became the number one at the age of 17. Who would have thought he was earlier accomplished compared to Lindan and Lee Chong Wei, even though he was the same age, but Taufik was a different generation from his rival.
Taufik and Lin Dan are touted as true rivals or commonly called “Arch Rivals” (arch rivals) that are just as great, just as strong. History records Taufik Hidayat as a badminton legend in Indonesia and even in the world which is said to be fantastic four badminton with Lin Dan, Lee Chong Wei, Peter Gade.
Its outstanding strengths include a hard and precise backhand, a net game that is so beautiful and difficult to return to opponents, a hard and cross smash and a slick drop shot plus a winning mentality, making Taufik Hidayat win six times in a row at the Indonesia Open from 1999 to 2006. He also won gold in the 2004 Olympics and the 2005 World Championships and twice won gold in the 2002 and 2006 Asian Games.
4. Tony Gunawan
Indonesian-born badminton player Tony Gunawan is considered by many to be one of the best double athletes in the history of international badminton. He represented Indonesia from 1992 to 2001 and now represents and coaches US badminton athletes from 2001. With a double partner of 3 different people, he won the Sydney Olympic gold medal in 2000, the 2001 Seville World Championship and the Anaheim World Championship in 2005.
Tony also won mixed doubles titles at the US Open, Taipei Open, Puerto Rico Open and SCBA Classic. Tony achieved a total of 35 international titles in his career and won the 2001 IBF World Championship, and the 2001 All-England Open with his partner Halim Haryanto. After his career as a player, he now serves as head coach at San Gabriel Badminton Club 2 (Pomona).
5. Liem Swie King
Mantan pemain bulutangkis Indonesia Liem Swie King, lahir pada tanggal 28 Februari 1956 di Kudus, dan dianggap sebagai salah satu pemain tunggal putra badminton terkemuka di dunia terutama tahun 1980. Dia adalah salah satu kekuatan yang paling dominan dari akhir 1970-an hingga pertengahan 1980-an.
6. Morten Frost Hansen
Former best badminton player from Denmark Morten Frost Hansen, born on April 4, 1958, was dubbed “Mr. Badminton” for his great contribution to the world of Badminton. He held his position in the top three world rankings for twelve years when he represented Denmark in the international badminton championship.
7. Rudi Hartono
Former Indonesian best badminton player Rudy Hartono Kurniawan, born on August 18, 1949, is considered by many to be the most famous player in the history of badminton besides being known as one of the best badminton players of all time. He won the prestigious All England Championship seven times in a row from 1968 to 1974.
8. Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo
Kevin Sanjaya, born on August 2, 1995, is the most talented young men’s badminton athlete in Indonesia at the moment. His young age with his partner Marcus Fernaldi Gideon has broken the badminton world record as the best men’s doubles pair in a row and won 7 championships in the same year precisely 2017 in a row defeating Korean men’s doubles record Lee Yong Dae / Jung Jae Sung , and listed himself getting the 2017 BWF Best Male Players of the Year award.
In 2018, this young couple is still topnotch as a men’s doubles pair, and continues to gain gold medals in various events, including the 2018 Asian Games gold medal held at Istora Gelora Bung Karno, Jakarta, Indonesia.
His ability to be able to move super fast with his small body compared to his opponent, as well as hard smashes and high jumps to the ability of the front drive that is very fast and cleverly made him much admired by world commentators who previously might not have any players like Kevin Sanjaya.
9. Eddy Choong
Former best player from Malaysia Eddy Choong who was born May 29, 1930 has died on January 28, 2013. He also played as a men’s doubles with his brother David Choong in addition to an active career as a single player.
Dunia telah mencatat kekuatannya dalam kecepatan, keuletan dan stamina. Choong memenangkan Kejuaraan Bulutangkis All England Open empat kali dan juga memenangkan ganda putra pada tahun 1951, 1952 dan 1953 dengan saudaranya. Dia adalah anggota pelopor tim Malayasia di Piala Thomas 1955. Untuk mengenang kontribusinya yang luar biasa di dunia bulu tangkis, Federasi Bulu Tangkis Dunia (BWF = Badminton World Federation) menganugerahkan penghargaan khusus bernama Pemain Eddy Choong Tahun Ini.
Itulah 9 pemain bulutangkis yang sangat populer dan dikenal di berbagai pelososk negara. Baca juga artikel lain di blog ini tentang dunia olahraga.