27 June 1973 |
|Men's & Mixed doubles|
Archer once held the world record for the fastest smash at 162 mph.
|Olympic medal record|
Archer competed in badminton at the 1996 Summer Olympics in doubles, with Chris Hunt. They were knocked out in the quarterfinals. In 2000 he coupled with Nathan Robertson, but they too lost in the quarterfinals, this time to Tony Gunawan and Candra Wijaya of Indonesia. However, Archer also competed in mixed doubles with Joanne Goode and won a bronze medal.
Archer and Goode won gold medals twice at the Commonwealth Games in 1998 and 2002. Archer also won bronze medals in men's doubles in both these Games, together with Chris Hunt and James Anderson respectively.
In August 2006 Archer announced, that he will no longer compete on international level. However he still plays county badminton for Worcestershire and has had an offer to play for a club in Germany.
- How to...Hit a shuttlecock at 162mph by Simon Archer
- Archer quits international badminton, 6 August, BadmintonEngland.co.uk
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