Rudy Gunawan

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Rudy Gunawan
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Personal information
Country  Indonesia
Born (1966-12-31) December 31, 1966 (age 48)
Solo, Indonesia
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.905 m)
Handedness Right
Coach Rudy Hartono, Christian Hadinata
Men's Doubles, Mixed Doubles
Highest ranking First rank (1995)
Current ranking 132 (December 4, 2014)

Rudy Gunawan (Chinese: 郭宏源) (born in Solo, Central Java, December 31, 1966, age 48 years) is a well-known Indonesian badminton player in the era of the late 1980s and early 1990s. He is one of the best doubles players ever to play for Indonesia. Rudy Gunawan won various international championships, both in the men's doubles and mixed doubles events. He has paired up with players such as Eddy Hartono, Rosiana Tendean, Bambang Suprianto, and Ricky Subagja. He was on the Thomas Cup team of Indonesia five times (1988, 1990, 1992, 1994, and 1996) but only won gold in 1994 and 1996. In addition, he helped strengthen the Indonesian team in the race for 1989 Sudirman Cup.

Rudy Gunawan twice competed in the Summer Olympics. In the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, the pair of Rudy Gunawan / Eddy Hartono gained a silver medal after losing in the final of the legendary players of Korea, Park Joo Bong / Kim Moon Soo. In the semifinals Eddy Hartono / Gunawan conquer the mainstay of China, Li Yongbo / Column Bingyi who were at that time champion contenders. While in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Rudy Gunawan paired with Bambang Suprianto lost in the round of 16.

Achievements[edit]

Men's Doubles[edit]

  • 1994 Thomas Cup Champion (Team Indonesia)
  • Thomas Cup Champion 1996 (Team Indonesia)
  • Winner of 1989 Sudirman Cup (Team Indonesia)
  • Olmpiade Silver Medal, 1992 (Rudy Gunawan / Eddy Hartono)
  • SEA Games Gold Medal in 1991 (Rudy Gunawan / Eddy Hartono)
  • Winner of the World Championship 1993 (Rudy Gunawan / Ricky Subagja)
  • Winner of the Grand Prix 1990 (Rudy Gunawan / Eddy Hartono)
  • Winner of the Grand Prix 1993 (Rudy Gunawan // Bambang Suprianto)
  • All England Champion 1992 (Rudy Gunawan / Eddy Hartono)
  • All England Champion 1994 (Rudy Gunawan /Bambang Suprianto)
  • Winner of the Indonesia Open 1989 (Rudy Gunawan / Eddy Hartono)
  • Winner of the Indonesia Open 1992 (Rudy Gunawan / Eddy Hartono)
  • Winner of the Indonesia Open 1995 (Rudy Gunawan / Bambang Suprianto)
  • Winner of the Singapore Open 1990 (Rudy Gunawan / Eddy Hartono)
  • Winner of the 1995 US Open (Rudy Gunawan / Bambang Suprianto)
  • Winner of the Thailand Open 1991 (Rudy Gunawan / Eddy Hartono)
  • Winner of the Thailand Open 1993 (Rudy Gunawan / Bambang Suprianto)
  • Winner of the China Open 1993 (Rudy Gunawan / Bambang Suprianto)
  • Champion Dutch Open 1989 (Rudy Gunawan / Eddy Hartono)
  • Champion Dutch Open 1991 (Rudy Gunawan / Eddy Hartono)
  • Champion Chinese Taipei Open 1994 (Rudy Gunawan / Bambang Suprianto)
  • Finalists 1992 Thomas Cup (Team Indonesia)
  • Finalists Grand Prix 1988 (Rudy Gunawan / Eddy Hartono)
  • Finalists Grand Prix 1995 (Rudy Gunawan // Bambang Suprianto)
  • Finalists Indonesia Open 1991 (Rudy Gunawan / Eddy Hartono)
  • Finalists Indonesia Open 1994 (Rudy Gunawan / Bambang Suprianto)

Mixed Doubles[edit]

  • Winner of the 1990 World Cup (Rudy Gunawan / Rosiana Tendean)
  • Winner of 1991 World Cup (Rudy Gunawan / Rosiana Tendean)
  • Winner of the World Cup 1992 (Rudy Gunawan / Rosiana Tendean)
  • Winner of 1990 Indonesia Open (Rudy Gunawan / Rosiana Tendean)
  • Winner of the Indonesia Open 1993 (Rudy Gunawan / Rosiana Tendean)
  • Winner of the Hong Kong Open 1993 (Rudy Gunawan / Rosiana Tendean)
  • Champion Polish Open 1993 (Rudy Gunawan / Rosiana Tendean)

Career[edit]

Rudy Gunawan (not to be confused with fellow countryman Tony Gunawan, about eight years his junior or Susi Susanti's brother) was member of world champion Indonesian Thomas Cup (men's international) teams in 1994 and 1996, winning his final round match on both occasions. He won men's doubles at the 1993 IBF World Championships in Birmingham, England with Ricky Subagja. However, he shared most of his international men's doubles titles with two other fellow countyrmen, Eddy Hartono and Bambang Suprianto. These included the prestgious All-England title in 1992 and 1994, the World Badminton Grand Prix in 1990 and 1993, the Southeast Asian Games in 1991; as well as the Indonesia (1989, 1992, 1995), Dutch (1989, 1991), Singapore (1990), Thailand (1991, 1993), China (1993), Chinese Taipei (1994), and U.S. (1995) Opens. Gunawan was a silver medalist at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona with Eddy Hartono. He also shared a number international mixed doubles titles, including victories at the Indonesia (1990, 1993), Hong Kong (1993), Polish (1993) Opens and World Cup for 3 years running (1990 - 1991).

After badminton[edit]

Rudy Gunawan retired from competitive badminton following the 1996 season, and turned to Christian ministry work in Indonesian villages. In 1999 he went to California for study and received a B.A. degree in theology from Promise Christian University . He is currently serving as a senior pastor in both the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas. Although he has retired from the Indonesian badminton team, he has not retired from the sport. As of 2014, he currently is a coach at the Orange County Badminton Club located in Orange County, California and is also a coach of the USA national badminton team. Not only does he coach, but he is also a professional player again making a comeback into professional badminton with partner Ryan Chew. As of 2015 he currently ranked 132 in Men's Doubles.

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