Han Jian (badminton)

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Han Jian
Personal information
Birth name韩健
Country China
Born (1956-07-06) July 6, 1956 (age 63)
EventMen's singles

Han Jian (Chinese: 韩健; born July 6, 1956 in Liaoning) was a Chinese badminton player in the early and mid 1980s when China first entered the International Badminton Federation (now Badminton World Federation).

Along with Morten Frost (Denmark), Liem Swie King (Indonesia), Prakash Padukone (India) and his teammate Luan Jin he was one of the world's leading players in that era, known for his cool and steady play.

In China he is nicknamed "sticky candy" (牛皮糖), owing to his much-used tactic of using long rallies to pressurize an opponent into making mistakes.

Han won the 1985 IBF World Championships, beating Morten Frost in the final. He also won a bronze medal at the 1983 IBF World Championships and played singles for China's world champion Thomas Cup (men's international) teams of 1982 and 1986.

Major achievements[edit]

Rank Event Date Venue
World Championships
1 Singles 1985 Calgary, CAN
3 Singles 1983 Copenhague, DEN
Thomas & Uber Cup
1 Team 1982 London, ENG
1 Team 1986 Jakarta, INA
Asian Games
1 Singles 1982 New Delhi, IND
World Cup
1 Singles 1983 Kuala Lumpur
1 Singles 1984 Jakarta
World Grand Prix
1 Singles 1983 Japan Open
1 Singles 1984 Dutch Open
1 Singles 1985 World Grand Prix finals
1 Singles 1985 Indonesia Open
1 Singles 1985 Swedish Open