Richard Vaughan (badminton)
16 April 1978 |
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||82 kg (181 lb; 12.9 st)|
|Highest ranking||7  (2002)|
|Current ranking||25 (5 July 2007)|
Richard Vaughan (born 16 April 1978) is a Welsh badminton player from Llanbradach, Caerphilly, Wales. Vaughan is currently the Chief Executive of Badminton Ireland and has a MBA from Leicester University; MA Sports Development from Bath University, having previously achieved a BSc(Hons) in Economics and Politics. Vaughan married Piret Hamer (Vaughan) on 2 May 2008, in Tallinn, Estonia.
Richard Vaughan won a bronze medal at the 2000 European Badminton Championships losing to Peter Gade (Denmark) in the semi final. He also won a bronze medal at the 2002 Commonwealth Games, beating Susilo (Singapore), and Gupta (India) on the way to the semi final where he lost to Lee (Malaysia). His highest world ranking was number 7 (2002). To date he has 107 caps representing Wales (March 2009). He manages the Richard Vaughan Badminton Academy.
Vaughan has competed twice in badminton at the Summer Olympics.
2000 Summer Olympics
Vaughan played badminton at the 2000 Summer Olympics in men's singles, beating Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand in the first round and Rasmus Wengberg of Sweden in the 2nd round, before losing to World Champion Sun Jun of China, 13-15 13-15.
2004 Summer Olympics
He also competed at the 2004 Summer Olympics despite contracting a virus similar to glandular fever which seriously impaired his preparation for the Athens Olympics. In men's singles, he defeated Marco Vasconcelos of Portugal in the first round. In the round of 16, Vaughan was himself defeated by Shon Seung-Mo of Korea, the eventual Silver Medalist.
Best Grand Prix Results
- Last 16 All England 2001, 2002, 2004, 2007
- 1/4 Final Danish Grand Prix 2001
- 1/4 Final Swiss Grand Prix 2002
- 1/4 Final German Grand Prix 2002
- Semi Final Dutch Grand Prix 2000
- Semi Final US Grand Prix 2007
- Final Polish Grand Prix 2000
- Final Polish Grand Prix 2001
- "PROFILE – Richard Vaughan - BEIJING OR BUST". BadZine.info. Retrieved 20 March 2008.
- "Richard Vaughan Biography and Olympic Results:Olympics at Sports-Reference.com". Sports-Reference.com website. Sports Reference LLC. 2010. Retrieved 8 April 2010.
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