Badminton or we know badminton is one of the most popular sports around the world that has been part of one of the Olympic games since 1992. This sport demands agility, mentality and strategy in playing racket and shuttlecock has 5 events consisting of Men’s Singles (Single Men) , Women’s Singles (Women’s Singles), Men’s Doubles (Men’s Doubles), Women’s Doubles (Women’s Doubles), Mixed Doubles (Mixed Doubles).
Since its emergence, Badminton has become one of the few most popular sports in the country itself. History also notes that Indonesia carved a sweet victory ink when the world champion competed with China from the legendary Susi Susanti to Taufik Hidayat.
But among the five events in badminton, men’s singles play more demanding not only the agility of each player that rivals, but the fierce single competition between Indonesia and China always enliven most of the world badminton final matches from the Indonesian Open to the World Championships and the Olympics. Rows of male players from all over the world such as Indonesia, China, Malaysia, and Denmark have extraordinary abilities that have been recognized as legends and are among the best male players.
Here are the 10 best male badminton athletes in history:
1. Lin Dan
Lin Dan was born on October 14, 1983 in Longyan, Fujian, China, and was nicknamed “Super Dan” by Peter Gade. He won the Olympics twice, won the world championship five times and the All England champion five times, and is considered by many to be the best and most successful player as a single badminton player of all time. Lin Dan won nine major titles in the world of badminton and completed the “Super Grand Slam” at the young age of 28.
He also became the first and only player to achieve this achievement. Lin and 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 professional badminton 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.
ee 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.
3. Taufik Hidayat
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 and 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 rivals.
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
Former Indonesian badminton player Liem Swie King, born on February 28, 1956 in Kudus, is considered one of the world’s leading badminton men’s singles especially in 1980. He was one of the most dominant forces from the late 1970s to the mid 1980s- 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.
The world has noted its strength in speed, tenacity and stamina. Choong won the All England Open Badminton Championship four times and also won the men’s doubles in 1951, 1952 and 1953 with his brother. He was a pioneer member of the Malayasia team at the 1955 Thomas Cup. To commemorate his outstanding contribution to the world of badminton, the Badminton World Federation (BWF = Badminton World Federation) bestowed a special award named Player of the Year Eddy Choong.
That’s 9 badminton players who are very popular and are known in various pelososk countries. Also read other articles on this blog about the world of sports.