Badminton at the 1992 Summer Olympics

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Badminton had its debut as an official medal sport at the 1992 Summer Olympics. It was held from 28 July to 4 August 1992. Four events were held in the first competition of the sport: men's singles, women's singles, men's doubles, and women's doubles. Badminton was contested in the Pavelló de la Mar Bella. 36 nations entered competitors, with a total of 177 entrants. Asian nations won fifteen of the sixteen medals, with their dominance being broken only by Denmark's bronze medal in the men's singles.

The tournament was single-elimination. Matches consisted of three sets, with sets being to 15 except in women's singles, where sets were to 11. No playoffs were contested for semi-final losers, meaning that two bronze medals were awarded in each event. Similarly, all four players/pairs defeated in the quarterfinals for each event were awarded fifth place. Men's Singles and Women's Singles champions (Alan Budikusuma and Susi Susanti) are now married to each other.

Medallists[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's singles  Alan Budikusuma (INA)  Ardy Wiranata (INA)  Thomas Stuer-Lauridsen (DEN)
 Hermawan Susanto (INA)
Women's singles  Susi Susanti (INA)  Bang Soo-hyun (KOR)  Huang Hua (CHN)
 Tang Jiuhong (CHN)
Men's doubles  Kim Moon-Soo
and Park Joo-bong (KOR)
 Eddy Hartono
and Rudy Gunawan (INA)
 Li Yongbo
and Tian Bingyi (CHN)
 Razif Sidek
and Jalani Sidek (MAS)
Women's doubles  Hwang Hye-young
and Chung So-young (KOR)
 Guan Weizhen
and Nong Qunhua (CHN)
 Gil Young-ah
and Shim Eun-jung (KOR)
 Lin Yan Fen
and Yao Fen (CHN)

Medal table[edit]

In 1992, there were no bronze medal matches to decide 3rd and 4th place. Both semifinal losers won bronze medals.

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Indonesia 2 2 1 5
2 South Korea 2 1 1 4
3 China 0 1 4 5
4 Denmark 0 0 1 1
5 Malaysia 0 0 1 1

Results[edit]

Men's singles[edit]

The men's singles resulted in the only non-Asian medallist, Thomas Stuer-Lauridsen of Denmark. 57 players from 32 nations competed in men's singles.

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                                       
   China Zhao Jianhua 2 17 14  
 Indonesia Hermawan Susanto 15 14 17  
   Indonesia Hermawan Susanto 15 9 9  
   Indonesia Ardy Wiranata 10 15 15  
 Indonesia Ardy Wiranata 15 15
   Denmark Høyer Larsen 10 12  
     Indonesia Ardy Wiranata 12 13
   Indonesia Alan Budikusuma 15 18
   Indonesia Alan Budikusuma 15 15  
 South Korea Kim Hak-kyun 9 4  
   Indonesia Alan Budikusuma 18 15
   Denmark Thomas Stuer-Lauridsen 14 8  
 Denmark Thomas Stuer-Lauridsen 15 15
   Malaysia Rashid Sidek 2 8  

Women's singles[edit]

The winner of the women's singles competition received the first official badminton medal in Olympic history. It was also the first gold medal for Indonesia, which before had only won one silver (in archery). 52 players from 27 nations competed in women's singles.

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                                       
   Indonesia Susi Susanti 11 11  
 Thailand Somharuthai Jaroensiri 6 1  
   Indonesia Susi Susanti 11 11  
   China Huang Hua 4 1  
 China Huang Hua 11 10 11
   South Korea Lee Heung-soon 3 12 0  
     Indonesia Susi Susanti 5 11 11
   South Korea Bang Soo-hyun 11 5 3
   Indonesia Sarwendah Kusumawardhani 2 11 11  
 South Korea Bang Soo-hyun 11 3 12  
   South Korea Bang Soo-hyun 11 11
   China Tang Jiuhong 3 2  
 Australia Anna Lao 1 9
   China Tang Jiuhong 11 11  

Men's doubles[edit]

Malaysia won its first Olympic medal in the men's doubles competitions in badminton. 30 pairs from 21 nations competed in men's doubles.

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                                       
   South Korea Kim Moon-Soo
 South Korea Park Joo-bong
15 15  
 Indonesia Rexy Mainaky
 Indonesia Ricky Subagja
7 4  
   South Korea Kim Moon-Soo
 South Korea Park Joo-bong
15 15  
   Malaysia Razif Sidek
 Malaysia Jalani Sidek
11 13  
 Malaysia Razif Sidek
 Malaysia Jalani Sidek
15 15
   Japan Shuji Matsuno
 Japan Shinji Matsuura
5 4  
     South Korea Kim Moon-Soo
 South Korea Park Joo-bong
15 15
   Indonesia Eddy Hartono
 Indonesia Rudy Gunawan
11 7
   China Li Yongbo
 China Tian Bingyi
15 12 17  
 Denmark Jan Paulsen
 Denmark Henrik Svarrer
11 15 14  
   China Li Yongbo
 China Tian Bingyi
9 8
   Indonesia Eddy Hartono
 Indonesia Rudy Gunawan
15 15  
 Indonesia Eddy Hartono
 Indonesia Rudy Gunawan
15 18
   South Korea Lee Sang-bok
 South Korea Shon Jin-hwan
4 15  

Women's doubles[edit]

29 pairs from 20 nations competed in women's doubles.

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                                       
   South Korea Hwang Hye-young
 South Korea Chung So-young
15 15  
 United Kingdom Julie Bradbury
 United Kingdom Gillian Clark
5 5  
   South Korea Hwang Hye-young
 South Korea Chung So-young
15 15  
   China Lin Yan Fen
 China Yao Fen
8 9  
 China Lin Yan Fen
 China Yao Fen
18 15
   Australia Anna Lao
 Australia Rhonda Cator
13 5  
     South Korea Hwang Hye-young
 South Korea Chung So-young
18 12 15
   China Guan Weizhen
 China Nong Qunhua
16 15 13
   South Korea Gil Young-ah
 South Korea Shim Eun-jung
15 15  
 Indonesia Finarsih
 Indonesia Lili Tampi
8 3  
   South Korea Gil Young-ah
 South Korea Shim Eun-jung
12 15 8
   China Guan Weizhen
 China Nong Qunhua
15 2 15  
 China Guan Weizhen
 China Nong Qunhua
15 15
   Sweden Catrine Bengtsson
 Sweden Maria Bengtsson
4 9  

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