Ra Kyung-min

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Ra Kyung-min
Personal information
Country South Korea
Born (1976-11-25) 25 November 1976 (age 44)
Hongcheon-gun, Gangwon Province, South Korea[1]
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Weight65 kg (143 lb)[1]
HandednessRight
Women's & mixed doubles
Highest ranking1 (WD with Chung Jae-hee 2002)[2]
BWF profile
Ra Kyung-min
Hangul
나경민
Hanja
羅景民
Revised RomanizationNa Gyeongmin
McCune–ReischauerRa Kyŏngmin

Ra Kyung-min (Korean라경민; Hanja羅景民; born 25 November 1976) is a badminton player from South Korea. Ra was a dominating mixed doubles team with her partner Kim Dong-moon from the late 1990s to early 2000s, resulting in a 70–match winning streak and 14 consecutive titles in international tournaments.

Career[edit]

Ra made her debut at the Olympic Games in Atlanta 1996. She played in the women's singles and mixed doubles event. In the singles, she was defeated by Huang Chia-chi of Chinese Taipei in the first round with the score of 6–11, 7–11. In the mixed doubles, she competed with her senior Park Joo-bong, reaching in to the final round and settled for the silver medal after beaten by their compatriot Kim Dong-moon and Gil Young-ah in rubber games, 15–13, 4–15, and 12–15.

Ra made her second appearance at the Olympic Games in Sydney 2000. Competed as the third seed in the women's doubles with Chung Jae-hee, they lost in the semi final match against Huang Nanyan and Yang Wei of China, and again lost to another Chinese pair in the bronze medal match Gao Ling and Qin Yiyuan. In the mixed doubles, she competed as second seed with Kim Dong-moon, reaching in to the quarter final round, defeated by Zhang Jun and Gao Ling.

Ra competed for Korea in 2004 Summer Olympics in women's doubles with partner Lee Kyung-won. They had a bye in the first round and defeated Pernille Harder and Mette Schjoldager of Denmark in the second. In the quarterfinals, Ra and Lee beat Mia Audina and Lotte Bruil of the Netherlands 15–5, 15–2. They lost the semifinal to Yang Wei and Zhang Jiewen of China 6–15, 4–15, but won the bronze medal match against Wei Yili and Zhao Tingting, also of China, 10–15, 15–9, 15–7. She also competed in mixed doubles with partner Kim Dong-moon. They had a bye in the first round and defeated Chris Bruil and Lotte Bruil of the Netherlands in the second. In the quarterfinals, Ra and Kim lost to Jonas Rasmussen and Rikke Olsen of Denmark 14–17, 8–15.

Ra was inducted into the Badminton Hall of Fame in 2009.

Record[edit]

Ra Kyung-min holds the world record for shortest badminton international match that last for just six minutes defeating Julia Mann of England in women's singles during the 1996 Uber Cup with 11–2, 11–1.

Personal life[edit]

She married her mixed doubles partner Kim on 25 December 2005, and they went to Canada to study. There they had a son named Kim Han-wool in July 2007, and a daughter named Kim Han-bi in 2008. She retired when she got pregnant in February 2007, and made a comeback in September 2009.[3]

Achievements[edit]

Olympic Games[edit]

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2004 Goudi Olympic Hall, Athens, Greece South Korea Lee Kyung-won China Wei Yili
China Zhao Tingting
10–15, 15–9, 15–7 Bronze Bronze

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1996 GSU Sports Arena, Atlanta, United States South Korea Park Joo-bong South Korea Kim Dong-moon
South Korea Gil Young-ah
15–13, 4–15, 12–15 Silver Silver

World Championships[edit]

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1999 Brøndby Arena, Copenhagen, Denmark South Korea Chung Jae-hee China Ge Fei
China Gu Jun
4–15, 5–15 Silver Silver
2001 Palacio de Deportes de San Pablo, Seville, Spain South Korea Lee Kyung-won China Wei Yili
China Zhang Jiewen
11–15, 3–15 Bronze Bronze

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1999 Brøndby Arena, Copenhagen, Denmark South Korea Kim Dong-moon England Simon Archer
England Joanne Goode
15–10, 15–13 Gold Gold
2001 Palacio de Deportes de San Pablo, Seville, Spain South Korea Kim Dong-moon China Zhang Jun
China Gao Ling
10–15, 15–12, 16–17 Silver Silver
2003 National Indoor Arena, Birmingham, United Kingdom South Korea Kim Dong-moon China Zhang Jun
China Gao Ling
15–7, 15–8 Gold Gold

Asian Games[edit]

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1998 Thammasat Gymnasium 2, Bangkok, Thailand South Korea Chung Jae-hee China Ge Fei
China Gu Jun
11–15, 9–15 Bronze Bronze
2002 Gangseo Gymnasium, Busan, South Korea South Korea Lee Kyung-won China Gao Ling
China Huang Sui
11–8, 11–7 Gold Gold

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1998 Thammasat Gymnasium 2, Bangkok, Thailand South Korea Kim Dong-moon South Korea Lee Dong-soo
South Korea Yim Kyung-jin
15–6, 15–8 Gold Gold
2002 Gangseo Gymnasium, Busan, South Korea South Korea Kim Dong-moon Thailand Khunakorn Sudhisodhi
Thailand Saralee Thungthongkam
11–4, 11–0 Gold Gold

Asian Championships[edit]

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1992 Cheras Indoor Stadium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia China Zhou Lei 12–10, 8–11, 5–11 Bronze Bronze

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1999 Kuala Lumpur Badminton Stadium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia South Korea Chung Jae-hee China Ge Fei
China Gu Jun
8–15, 10–15 Silver Silver
2003 Tennis Indoor Gelora Bung Karno, Jakarta, Indonesia South Korea Lee Kyung-won South Korea Hwang Yu-mi
South Korea Lee Hyo-jung
15–9, 15–7 Gold Gold

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1998 Nimibutr Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand South Korea Kim Dong-moon China Sun Jun
China Ge Fei
15–7, 15–8 Gold Gold
1999 Kuala Lumpur Badminton Stadium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia South Korea Kim Dong-moon China Liu Yong
China Ge Fei
15–7, 15–13 Gold Gold
2001 PhilSports Arena, Manila, Philippines South Korea Kim Dong-moon Indonesia Bambang Suprianto
Indonesia Minarti Timur
11–15, 15–4, 15–3 Gold Gold
2004 Kuala Lumpur Badminton Stadium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia South Korea Kim Dong-moon Thailand Sudket Prapakamol
Thailand Saralee Thungthongkam
15–10, 17–16 Gold Gold

Asian Cup[edit]

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1996 Olympic Gymnasium No. 2, Seoul, South Korea South Korea Park Joo-bong South Korea Kang Kyung-jin
South Korea Kim Mee-hyang
15–6, 15–8 Gold Gold

IBF World Grand Prix[edit]

The World Badminton Grand Prix sanctioned by International Badminton Federation (IBF) from 1983 to 2006.

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
1994 Singapore Open Indonesia Yuliani Sentosa 12–9, 11–5 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1995 Canadian Open South Korea Bang Soo-hyun 0–11, 7–11 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1995 Thailand Open Sweden Lim Xiaoqing 4–11, 0–11 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1996 Swedish Open China Zhang Ning 11–6, 2–11, 4–11 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1997 Swedish Open China Gong Zhichao 4–11, 4–11 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2001 U.S. Open Denmark Mette Sørensen 6–8, 7–4, 7–3, 7–2 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner

Women's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1997 Hong Kong Open South Korea Chung Jae-hee China Liu Lu
China Qian Hong
15–7, 15–12 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1998 Swedish Open South Korea Jang Hye-ock China Huang Nanyan
China Liu Zhong
15–12, 15–9 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1998 All England Open South Korea Jang Hye-ock China Ge Fei
China Gu Jun
7–15, 7–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1999 Swedish Open South Korea Chung Jae-hee China Huang Sui
China Lu Ying
15–6, 15–11 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1999 All England Open South Korea Chung Jae-hee China Huang Sui
China Lu Ying
15–6, 15–8 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1999 World Grand Prix Finals South Korea Chung Jae-hee China Ge Fei
China Gu Jun
2–15, 4–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2000 Korea Open South Korea Chung Jae-hee China Huang Nanyan
China Yang Wei
15–6, 8–15, 15–5 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2000 Chinese Taipei Open South Korea Chung Jae-hee Denmark Helene Kirkegaard
Denmark Rikke Olsen
15–9, 15–7 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2000 All England Open South Korea Chung Jae-hee China Ge Fei
China Gu Jun
5–15, 3–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2001 Korea Open South Korea Kim Kyeung-ran China Huang Nanyan
China Yang Wei
13–15, 10–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2001 Swiss Open South Korea Lee Kyung-won Denmark Helene Kirkegaard
Denmark Rikke Olsen
7–3, 8–6, 2–7, 7–4 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2001 U.S. Open South Korea Kim Kyeung-ran Denmark Pernille Harder
Denmark Majken Vange
7–1, 7–0, 7–3 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2002 Swiss Open South Korea Lee Kyung-won England Gail Emms
Netherlands Lotte Jonathans
7–1, 7–1, 7–1 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2002 Japan Open South Korea Lee Kyung-won China Gao Ling
China Huang Sui
7–5, 1–7, 7–2, 6–8, 7–1 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2003 Korea Open South Korea Lee Kyung-won Denmark Ann-Lou Jørgensen
Denmark Rikke Olsen
11–5, 11–5 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2003 Dutch Open South Korea Lee Kyung-won South Korea Hwang Yu-mi
South Korea Lee Hyo-jung
15–4, 15–9 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2003 German Open South Korea Lee Kyung-won China Yang Wei
China Zhang Jiewen
15–6, 15–17, 15–8 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2003 Chinese Taipei Open South Korea Lee Kyung-won South Korea Hwang Yu-mi
South Korea Lee Hyo-jung
15–9, 15–8 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2004 Korea Open South Korea Lee Kyung-won China Yang Wei
China Zhang Jiewen
8–15, 15–9, 6–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2004 Japan Open South Korea Lee Kyung-won China Wei Yili
China Zhao Tingting
15–6, 5–15, 15–1 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1995 Thailand Open South Korea Park Joo-bong Russia Nikolai Zuyev
Russia Marina Yakusheva
15–1, 15–4 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1996 Japan Open South Korea Park Joo-bong South Korea Kim Dong-moon
South Korea Gil Young-ah
15–7, 15–1 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1996 Korea Open South Korea Park Joo-bong England Simon Archer
England Julie Bradbury
15–9, 15–11 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1996 Swedish Open South Korea Park Joo-bong China Chen Xingdong
China Peng Xinyong
15–4, 15–6 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1996 All England Open South Korea Park Joo-bong England Simon Archer
England Julie Bradbury
15–10, 15–10 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1997 U.S. Open South Korea Kim Dong-moon Indonesia Bambang Suprianto
Indonesia Rosalina Riseu
15–1, 15–3 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1997 Hong Kong Open South Korea Kim Dong-moon South Korea Ha Tae-kwon
South Korea Chung Jae-hee
15–12, 15–3 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1997 China Open South Korea Kim Dong-moon China Liu Yong
China Ge Fei
15–10, 15–6 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1998 Japan Open South Korea Kim Dong-moon Denmark Jens Eriksen
Denmark Marlene Thomsen
15–12, 15–9 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1998 Swedish Open South Korea Kim Dong-moon China Chen Gang
China Tang Yongshu
15–3, 15–3 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1998 All England Open South Korea Kim Dong-moon Denmark Michael Søgaard
Denmark Rikke Olsen
15–2, 11–15, 15–5 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1998 World Grand Prix Finals South Korea Kim Dong-moon England Simon Archer
England Joanne Goode
15–6, 15–9 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1999 Korea Open South Korea Kim Dong-moon China Liu Yong
China Ge Fei
15–6, 15–8 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1999 Swedish Open South Korea Kim Dong-moon South Korea Ha Tae-kwon
South Korea Chung Jae-hee
15–1, 15–4 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1999 Singapore Open South Korea Kim Dong-moon Denmark Michael Søgaard
Denmark Rikke Olsen
15–4, 15–8 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1999 World Grand Prix Finals South Korea Kim Dong-moon Indonesia Tri Kusharjanto
Indonesia Minarti Timur
15–5, 15–7 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2000 Korea Open South Korea Kim Dong-moon Indonesia Tri Kusharjanto
Indonesia Minarti Timur
15–13, 15–3 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2000 All England Open South Korea Kim Dong-moon China Liu Yong
China Ge Fei
15–10, 15–2 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2000 Swiss Open South Korea Kim Dong-moon China Zhang Jun
China Gao Ling
15–8, 15–9 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2000 Malaysia Open South Korea Kim Dong-moon Indonesia Tri Kusharjanto
Indonesia Minarti Timur
15–7, 15–8 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2001 Korea Open South Korea Kim Dong-moon China Zhang Jun
China Gao Ling
15–8, 15–11 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2001 Hong Kong Open South Korea Kim Dong-moon Thailand Khunakorn Sudhisodhi
Thailand Saralee Thungthongkam
3–7, 7–0, 7–2, 7–2 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2002 All England Open South Korea Kim Dong-moon Denmark Jens Eriksen
Denmark Mette Schjoldager
7–3, 7–3, 7–0 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2002 Swiss Open South Korea Kim Dong-moon Denmark Jonas Rasmussen
Denmark Jane F. Bramsen
7–3, 7–5, 1–7, 7–4 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2002 Korea Open South Korea Kim Dong-moon Denmark Michael Søgaard
Denmark Rikke Olsen
7–1, 7–3, 7–5 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2002 Japan Open South Korea Kim Dong-moon Indonesia Nova Widianto
Indonesia Vita Marissa
7–3, 7–2, 7–2 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2002 Singapore Open South Korea Kim Dong-moon England Nathan Robertson
England Gail Emms
11–2, 13–10 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2003 Korea Open South Korea Kim Dong-moon South Korea Kim Yong-hyun
South Korea Lee Hyo-jung
11–5, 11–4 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2003 Singapore Open South Korea Kim Dong-moon China Zheng Bo
China Zhang Jiewen
15–5, 15–9 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2003 Indonesia Open South Korea Kim Dong-moon China Zhang Jun
China Gao Ling
10–15, 15–11, 15–6 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2003 Malaysia Open South Korea Kim Dong-moon England Nathan Robertson
England Gail Emms
15–6, 15–5 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2003 Dutch Open South Korea Kim Dong-moon South Korea Kim Yong-hyun
South Korea Lee Hyo-jung
15–4, 15–2 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2003 Denmark Open South Korea Kim Dong-moon South Korea Kim Yong-hyun
South Korea Lee Hyo-jung
17–16, 15–10 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2003 German Open South Korea Kim Dong-moon China Zhang Jun
China Gao Ling
15–12, 11–15, 15–8 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2003 Hong Kong Open South Korea Kim Dong-moon China Zhang Jun
China Gao Ling
15–7, 15–10 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2003 Chinese Taipei Open South Korea Kim Dong-moon Indonesia Nova Widianto
Indonesia Vita Marissa
15–7, 15–5 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2004 Swiss Open South Korea Kim Dong-moon China Zhang Jun
China Gao Ling
15–2, 15–8 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2004 All England Open South Korea Kim Dong-moon South Korea Kim Yong-hyun
South Korea Lee Hyo-jung
15–8, 17–15 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2004 Korea Open South Korea Kim Dong-moon South Korea Kim Yong-hyun
South Korea Lee Hyo-jung
15–5, 15–11 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner

IBF International[edit]

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
1991 Hungarian International South Korea Park Soo-yun 0–11, 4–11 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1992 Wimbledon Open England Fiona Smith 2–11, 11–8, 4–11 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up

Women's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1991 Hungarian International South Korea Choi Ma-ree South Korea Kim Shin-young
South Korea Park Soo-yun
9–15, 6–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1999 Australian International South Korea Lee Hyo-jung South Korea Chung Jae-hee
South Korea Yim Kyung-jin
17–16, 6–15, 15–3 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2005 Canadian International South Korea Jun Woul-sik South Korea Ha Jung-eun
South Korea Oh Seul-ki
15–5, 15–9 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1991 Hungarian International South Korea Hwang Sun-ho South Korea Kim Young-gil
South Korea Park Soo-yun
3–15, 12–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Na Gyeong-Min". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 13 August 2020.
  2. ^ "나경민-정재희조, 세계 배드민턴 여복 1위" (in Korean). JoongAng Ilbo. Retrieved 14 March 2018.
  3. ^ 배드민턴 라경민, 2년 만에 현역 복귀 [Ra Kyung-min comebacks]. 일간스포츠 [=Sports Daily] (in Korean). 20 August 2009. Retrieved 6 December 2009.

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