Lee Hyun-il

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Lee Hyun-il
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Personal information
Country  South Korea
Born (1980-04-17) April 17, 1980 (age 36)
Seoul, South Korea
Handedness Left
Men's singles
Highest ranking 1 (February 21, 2004)
Current ranking 15 (November 20, 2015)
BWF profile
Updated on 03:41, 27 October 2013 (UTC).
This is a Korean name; the family name is Lee.
Lee Hyun-il
Hangul 이현일
Hanja 李炫一
Revised Romanization I Hyeon-il
McCune–Reischauer Yi Hyŏn-il

Lee Hyun-il (Korean: 이현일, born April 17, 1980 in Seoul) is a male badminton player from South Korea.


2002 Asian Games[edit]

Lee competed in the 2002 Asian Games where he showed signs of promise as an ace singles player for Team Korea. In the men's team event, Lee dominated the opponents he faced in the tourney, completing all three matches less than 30 minutes and allowing only seven points in the semifinals and eight in the final. Team Korea eventually won their first men's team gold medal since 1986 when Park Joo-bong and Kim Moon-soo led the team.

2002 Asian Games – Men's Team
Date Round Result Score Opponents
October 6 Quarterfinal Win 15–11, 15–7 Japan Hidetaka Yamada
October 7 Semifinal Win 15–5, 15–2 Malaysia Lee Tsuen Seng
October 9 Final Win 15–3, 15–5 Indonesia Rony Agustinus

2003 Sudirman Cup[edit]

At the 2003 Sudirman Cup held in Eindhoven, Netherlands, Lee helped his team to win its third Sudirman Cup title, winning all three singles matches. Though lots of great doubles players from South Korea had won numerous international competitions, Team Korea had always struggled to win the Thomas and Sudirman Cup competitions due to the lack of top men's singles players. However, Lee, the winner of the 2003 Swiss Open, showed spectacular performances through the Sudirman Cup tourney, not dropping a single set. In the semifinal, Lee defeated 2001 World Championship runner-up and 2001 All England Open champion Peter Gade 2-0, which led his team to a 3-2 victory over Denmark. Lee won another 2-0 upset victory over world number one ranked Chen Hong in Game 1 of the South Korea's final team event against China.

2003 Sudirman Cup
Date Round Result Score Opponents
March 18 Group 1A Win 15–5, 15–5 Sweden Rasmus Wengberg
March 22 Semifinal Win 15–9, 15–12 Denmark Peter Gade
March 23 Final Win 15–10, 15–12 China Chen Hong

2004 Olympics[edit]

Lee competed in the 2004 Summer Olympics, which was his first Olympic appearance. Lee easily defeated Stuart Brehaut of Australia in the first round. However, he was surprisingly eliminated in the second round by Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand.


At the 2006 IBF World Championships held in Madrid, Spain, Lee captured his first world championship medal in the men's singles event. He defeated Chetan Anand, Jan Fröhlich, Eric Pang and Chen Jin before losing to Bao Chunlai of China in the semifinals.

2006 World Championships – Men's Singles
Date Round Result Score Opponents
September 18 First Rd Win 21-18, 18-21, 21-10 India Chetan Anand
September 19 Second Rd Win 21-10, 21-4 Czech Republic Jan Fröhlich
September 20 Third Rd Win 21-16, 21-6 Netherlands Eric Pang
September 21 Quarterfinal Win 21-14, 19-21, 21-12 China Chen Jin
September 22 Semifinal Loss 15–21, 19-21 China Bao Chunlai

2008 Olympics[edit]

In 2008, after defeating top rank players Lin Dan and Lee Chong Wei in Korea Open, he participated in the Beijing Olympics again, and managed to reach semi-finals before being defeated by world number 1, Lee Chong Wei from Malaysia, then being beaten by Chen Jin of China to the bronze medal.

Retirement and comeback[edit]

After the 2008 Olympics, Lee announced his retirement from international badminton and only competed in national competitions. However, in April 2010 he came out of retirement after much persuasion from the coach and teammates to fill the void of singles players in the Team Korea squad. In May 2010, Lee participated in the 2010 Thomas Cup and played in two singles matches.

2012 Summer Olympics[edit]

Lee lost to Chinese Chen Long in the badminton bronze-medal playoff on August 5, 2012.[1]



Outcome Event Year Venue Opponent in the final Score in the final
4 Singles 2012 United Kingdom London, United Kingdom China Chen Long 12-21, 21-15, 15-21
4 Singles 2008 China Beijing, China China Chen Jin 16-21, 21-12, 14-21
World Championships
3 Singles 2006 Spain Madrid, Spain
Asian Games
3 Singles 2006 Qatar Doha, Qatar
2 Singles 2002 South Korea Busan, Korea Indonesia Taufik Hidayat 7-15, 9-15
All England Open
2 Singles 2006 England Birmingham, England China Lin Dan 7-15, 7-15
3 Singles 2012 England Birmingham, England
Other International Tournaments
1 Singles 2011 Macau Macau Open China Du Pengyu 17-21, 21-11, 21-18
1 Singles 2008 Germany German Open Japan Sho Sasaki 22-20, 21-5
1 Singles 2008 South Korea Korea Open China Lin Dan 4-21, 23-21, 25-23
1 Singles 2005 Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei Open South Korea Shon Seung-mo 15-13, 15-6
1 Singles 2005 Indonesia Indonesia Open Thailand Boonsak Ponsana 15-10, 15-3
1 Singles 2003 Germany German Open China Lin Dan 15-4, 15-4
1 Singles 2003 Netherlands Dutch Open Malaysia Muhd Hafiz B Hashim 5-15, 15-8, 15-6
1 Singles 2003 Switzerland Swiss Open Denmark Anders Boesen 15-10, 15-2
1 Singles 2002 Japan Japan Open China Xia Xuanze 8-7, 7-5, 0-7
1 Singles 2001 United States US Open Denmark Kenneth Jonassen 6-8, 7-2, 7-2


  1. ^ "China's Chen Long wins badminton singles bronze". Retrieved August 5, 2012. 

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