Rudy Hartono

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Rudy Hartono Kurniawan
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Personal information
Birth nameNio Hap Liang
梁海量[1]
Country Indonesia
Born (1949-08-18) 18 August 1949 (age 70)
Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia[1]
Height1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
HandednessRight
EventMen's singles

Rudy Hartono Kurniawan (born Nio Hap Liang (Chinese: 梁海量; pinyin: Liang Hailiang), 18 August 1949) is a former Indonesian badminton star who won the men's singles title at the prestigious All-England Championship eight times,[2] seven times consecutively (1968–1974)[3] and at World Championship in 1980 on his only attempt at this title. He is one of the most famous players in the history of the sport and is considered to be one of the greatest badminton players of all time.

Personal life[edit]

Hartono was born in Surabaya under the name Nio Hap Liang, is the third child of a family of eight, which also includes his sister Jeanne Utama Dewi, a five-time national champion and former Indonesia Uber Cup team member. The young Hartono embraced many types of sports – athletics, volleyball, football, and even roller skating – but his athletic path soon led him towards badminton. Rudy married Jane Anwar in 1976 and they have two children.

Badminton career[edit]

Hartono joined the National Training Center in 1965 in order to help his national team in the upcoming Thomas Cup. As a member of the 1966-1967 Thomas Cup squad, he won all of his matches, but Indonesia was beaten by Malaysia in a highly controversial final in which play was suspended due to the unruly crowd.

A year later, at his first try at the All England Championships, the 18-year-old Indonesian became the youngest ever champion of the tournament, beating Tan Aik Huang from Malaysia who had been the winner two years earlier. From then on, Hartono dominated the event like very few had before, winning eight titles in all, from 1968 to 1976. His eight titles at the All England earned Hartono a mention in the Guinness Book of Records.

Hartono defeated Svend Pri in the finals of the 1972 Munich Games in which badminton was presented as a demonstration sport.[4] Hartono was active in Thomas Cup competition and played for his country at the event from 1967 to 1982. 1970,[5] 1973,[6] The 1976, and 1979 Thomas Cup were resounding successes for Hartono and his team, with Indonesia sweeping four straight titles.

Post-retirement[edit]

Rudy became involved with the Indonesian Badminton Association (PBSI), holding different positions such as Chairman of Development Affairs until 2006. He is currently a member of PBSI’s Board of Honour. Hartono also played an active role within the Badminton World Federation (BWF). He was a member of the Council in 1985-1986, and later from 1994 to 2009. Hartono’s image and reputation led the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to appoint him as a Goodwill Ambassador for Indonesia.

Achievements[edit]

Olympic Games[edit]

Men's Singles

1972 Summer Olympics – Men's Singles
Round Opponent Score Result
First Round Canada Jamie Paulson [8] 15–12, 14–18, 15–3 Win
Semifinals Sweden Sture Johnsson [4] 15–2, 15–4 Win
Final Denmark Svend Pri [3] 15–6, 15–1 Gold Gold

IBF World Championships[edit]

Men's Singles

1980 IBF World Championships – Men's Singles
Round Opponent Score Result
First round - - Bye
Second round Malaysia Jalani Sidek 15–9, 15–2 Win
Third round United States Chris Kinard 15–7, 15–3 Win
Quarterfinal England Ray Stevens 15–1, 15–3 Win
Semifinal Indonesia Hadiyanto 15–6, 15–8 Win
Final Indonesia Liem Swie King 15–9, 15–9 Gold Gold


Men's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
1968 All England Malaysia Tan Aik Huang 15–12, 15–9 1st, gold medalist(s) Champion
1969 All England Indonesia Darmadi 15–1, 15–3 1st, gold medalist(s) Champion
1969 US Open Indonesia Muljadi 15–9, 15–12 1st, gold medalist(s) Champion
1969 Canadian Open Sweden Sture Johnsson 15–11, 15–1 1st, gold medalist(s) Champion
1969 Singapore Open 1st, gold medalist(s) Champion
1970 All England Denmark Svend Pri 15–7, 15–1 1st, gold medalist(s) Champion
1971 All England Indonesia Muljadi 15–1, 15–5 1st, gold medalist(s) Champion
1971 Canadian Open Japan Ippei Kojima 15–4, 15–7 1st, gold medalist(s) Champion
1971 Denmark Open Japan Ippei Kojima 14–18, 15–14, 15–11 1st, gold medalist(s) Champion
1971 US Open Indonesia Muljadi 8–15, 9–15 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1972 All England Denmark Svend Pri 15–9, 15–4 1st, gold medalist(s) Champion
1973 All England Indonesia Christian Hadinata 15–4, 15–2 1st, gold medalist(s) Champion
1973 Denmark Open Denmark Flemming Delfs 1st, gold medalist(s) Champion
1974 All England Malaysia Punch Gunalan 8–15, 15–9, 15–10 1st, gold medalist(s) Champion
1975 All England Denmark Svend Pri 11–15, 14–17 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1975 Denmark Open Denmark Svend Pri 12–15, 15–0, 15–7 1st, gold medalist(s) Champion
1976 All England Indonesia Liem Swie King 15–7, 15–7 1st, gold medalist(s) Champion
1978 All England Indonesia Liem Swie King 10–15, 3–15 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1980 English Masters Indonesia Liem Swie King 11–15, 3–15 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1980 Swedish Open India Prakash Padukone 15–9, 12–15, 1–15 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1981 Japan Open Indonesia Lius Pongoh 15–9, 15–8 1st, gold medalist(s) Champion

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1969 Singapore Open Indonesia Indratno 1st, gold medalist(s) Champion
1971 Denmark Open Indonesia Indra Gunawan Malaysia Ng Boon Bee
Malaysia Punch Gunalan
15–11, 4–15, 8–15 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up

Awards[edit]

Sources[edit]

Cited
  1. ^ a b "60 Years of Asian Heroes: Rudy Hartono". TIME Magazine. November 13, 2006. Retrieved 2008-03-26.
  2. ^ "NewspaperSG - Terms and Conditions". Retrieved 2017-02-23.
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