Li Lingwei

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Li Lingwei
李玲蔚
Personal information
Country  China
Born (1964-01-07) January 7, 1964 (age 53)
Lishui, Zhejiang, China

Li Lingwei (Chinese: 李玲蔚, born January 7, 1964)[1] is a Chinese badminton player of the 1980s who ranks among the greatest in the history of the women's game.

A brilliant all-around player whose court coverage and net play were particularly impressive, she maintained an overall edge on her teammate, rival, and sometimes doubles partner Han Aiping. They dominated international women's badminton during most of the 1980s, each winning the then biennial IBF World Championships (now known as BWF World Championships) twice, and winning the IBF World doubles, together, in 1985. They also led Chinese teams that perennially won the biennial Uber Cup (women's world team) competitions.[2]

She retired in 1989, and was inducted into the Badminton Hall of Fame in 1998.[3]

Li Lingwei never competed in the Olympics because badminton did not become an Olympic sport until 1992. However, she was chosen as one of the five retired athletes to carry the Olympic flag during the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. In July 2012, she was elected as a member of the International Olympic Committee, receiving 83 votes out of 94. IOC president Jacques Rogge presented her with an "IOC gold medal".[3]

Major achievements[edit]

Rank Event Date Venue
World Championships
1 Singles 1983 Copenhagen, DEN
1 Women's doubles 1985 Calgary, CAN
2
2
Singles
Women's doubles
1987 Beijing, CHN
1 Singles 1989 Jakarta, INA
World Grand Prix
1 Singles 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987 World Grand Prix finals
Other International Championships
1
1
Singles
Women's doubles
1984, 1985, 1986, 1987
1983, 1986, 1987
Badminton World Cup
1
1
Singles
Women's doubles
1984, 1985, 1987, 1988
1985
Indonesia Open
1 Singles 1984, 1987 Malaysia Open
1
1
Singles
Women's doubles
1984, 1989
1985
All England Open
1
1
Singles
Women's doubles
1986
1986
Hong Kong Open
1 Singles 1982, 1986, 1987, 1989 Japan Open
1 Singles 1987 Scandinavian Open
1 Singles 1987, 1988 China Open
1 Singles 1988 Asian Badminton Championships
1 Singles 1988 Thailand Open
1 Singles 1988 Carlsberg Classic
1 Singles 1988 Denmark Open
1 Singles 1989 French Open
1 Singles 1989 Swedish Open

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ms. Lingwei Li". International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 6 May 2015. 
  2. ^ "History Of Badminton". Badminton Secrets. Retrieved 2008-02-29. 
  3. ^ a b Chan Kin-wa (27 July 2012). "Badminton legend Li Lingwei wins IOC seat". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 6 May 2015.