Tan Boon Heong
Tan Boon Heong (back) pictured here with his double's partner
Koo Kien Keat
September 18, 1987
Alor Setar, Kedah, Malaysia
1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
71 kg (157 lb; 11.2 st)
1 (October 11, 2007)
4 (August 29, 2013
) [1 ]
Updated on 10:54, 26 October 2013 (UTC).
Tan Boon Heong (born September 18, 1987 in Alor Setar, Kedah) is a male badminton player from Malaysia in the men's doubles event. He and his current doubles partner— Koo Kien Keat—are ranked World No. 4 in men's doubles.
He was previously paired with
Hoon Thien How, with whom he won the World Junior Championships in 2004 and a silver medal at the 2006 Asian Badminton Championships.
Asian success [ edit ]
Doha XV Asian Games in 2006, Rexy Mainaky (the Malaysian doubles coach) decided to split them up and partner Tan Boon Heong with Koo Kien Keat instead. This move, nevertheless, proved to be spot-on as this pair went on to become the Asian Games champion, winning the gold medal in their maiden outing by defeating the then Chinese world champions, Cai Yun- Fu Haifeng, in the quarterfinals, Indonesia's Markis Kido- Hendra Setiawan in the semifinals, and finally Luluk Hadiyanto- Alvent Yulianto Chandra, also from Indonesia, in the finals.
They also became the first qualifiers to win the
Malaysian Open title in 2007. [2 ]
2009-2011 [ edit ]
2009 Japan Super Series, Boon Heong set the world record for badminton smashes at 421 km/h. This was done under lab conditions and recorded by Yonex representatives, and not in an official match. [3 ]
At the 2010 BWF World Championships, Boon Heong and partner
Koo Kien Keat launched themselves into the semifinals after beating Korean rivals Lee Yong Dae and Jung Jae Sung. In the semifinals they defeated China's Guo Zhendong and Xu Chen 21-14, 21-18. Tan Boon Heong and Koo Kien Keat wrote their names in the record books, being the first Malaysian pair to enter a World Championships Final in 13 years. In the finals they played China's Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng and lost 21-18, 18-21, 14-21.
2011 All England Super Series Premier, Boon Heong and Kien Keat defeated 2008 Olympic champions Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan in the quarterfinals. They then defeated World champions Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng 21-11, 23-21. They lost to Danes and world no.1 Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen 21-15, 18-21, 18-21. In doing so, they failed to win their 2nd All England title.
Achievements [ edit ]
Men's doubles [ edit ]
Record against selected opponents [ edit ]
Men's Doubles results with
Koo Kien Keat against Super Series finalists, Worlds Semi-finalists, and Olympic quarterfinalists, plus all Olympic opponents. [4 ]
References [ edit ]
External links [ edit ]
World rankings · Top ten badminton players as of January 30, 2014