Bang Soo-hyun

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Bang.
Bang Soo-Hyun
Personal information
Country  South Korea
Born September 13, 1972(1972-09-13)
Seoul, South Korea
Handedness Right
Women's singles
Highest ranking 1
BWF profile

Bang Soo-Hyun (Hangul: 방수현, Hanja: 方銖賢) (born September 13, 1972 in Seoul) is a former badminton player from South Korea who was one of the world's leading women's singles players of the 1990s. She was a contemporary and rival of Indonesia's Susi Susanti and China's Ye Zhaoying and recorded wins over both in major badminton tournaments. Noted for a style that combined impressive power and movement, she retired from competition after her victory in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, shortly before her 24th birthday.


Summer Olympics[edit]

Barcelona 1992[edit]

Bang competed in badminton at the 1992 Summer Olympics in women's singles. She had a bye in the first round, defeated Catrine Bengtsson of Sweden in the second and Hisuko Mizui of Japan in the third. In quarterfinals Bang Soo-hyun edged Sarwendah Kusumawardhani of Indonesia 11-2, 3-11, 12-11 to advance to the semifinals. There, she beat the reigning world champion Tang Jiuhong of China 11-3, 11-2. In the final, she lost to Indonesia's Susi Susanti 11-5, 5-11, 3-11 to finish with the silver medal.

Atlanta 1996[edit]

Bang also competed in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. She won the gold medal in women's singles without dropping a game in any match, defeating Susi Susanti in semifinals 11-9, 11-8, and Mia Audina in the final, 11-6, 11-7.

World Championships[edit]

She won two medals in the IBF World Championships, in 1993 a silver medal as runner-up to Susanti, and in 1995 a bronze medal.

Other championships[edit]

Bang won the quadrennial Asian Games in 1994, and the prestigious All England Open Badminton Championships over Ye Zhaoying in 1996, having been a runner-up in close matches in both 1992 and 1993. Her other titles included the Welsh (1989), Hong Kong (1992), Korea (1993, 1994, 1996), Swedish (1993, 1994), and Canadian (1995) Opens.



Outcome Event Year Venue Opponent in the final Score in the final
1 Singles 1996 United States Atlanta, United States Indonesia Mia Audina 11-6, 11-7
2 Singles 1992 Spain Barcelona, Spain Indonesia Susi Susanti 11-5, 5-11, 3-11
World Championships
2 Singles 1993 England Birmingham, England Indonesia Susi Susanti 11-7, 9-11, 3-11
3 Singles 1995 Switzerland Lausanne, Switzerland
Asian Games
1 Singles 1994 Japan Hiroshima, Japan Japan Hisako Mizui 11-4, 11-6
All England Open
1 Singles 1996 England Birmingham, England China Ye Zhaoying 11-1, 11-1
2 Singles 1993 England London, England Indonesia Susi Susanti 11-4, 4-11, 1-11
2 Singles 1992 England London, England China Tang Jiuhong 12-9, 10-12, 1-11
Other Open Tournaments
1 Singles 1996 South Korea Korea Open China Yao Yan 11-3, 11-0
1 Singles 1995 Canada Canadian Open South Korea Ra Kyung-min 11-0, 11-7
1 Singles 1994 Hong Kong Hong Kong Open Sweden Lim Xiaoqing 11-7, 11-6
1 Singles 1994 Sweden Swedish Open South Korea Kim Ji-hyun 6-11, 11-5, 11-3
1 Singles 1994 South Korea Korea Open South Korea Kim Ji-hyun 11-5, 11-5
1 Singles 1993 Sweden Swedish Open South Korea Lee Heung-soon 11-2, 11-6
1 Singles 1993 South Korea Korea Open Indonesia Susi Susanti 12-9, 11-5
1 Singles 1992 Hong Kong Hong Kong Open Indonesia Susi Susanti 5-11, 11-6, 11-7

Record Against Selected Opponents[edit]

Includes results against World Championships semifinalists and Olympic quarterfinalists, as well as all Olympic opponents.

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