Rudy Hartono

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Rudy Hartono Kurniawan
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Personal information
Birth nameNio Hap Liang
Country Indonesia
Born (1949-08-18) 18 August 1949 (age 69)
Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia[1]
Height1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
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.


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.


Titles (19)[edit]

Year Tournament Opponent in final Score
1968 All England Malaysia Tan Aik Huang 15–12, 15–9
1969 All England Indonesia Darmadi 15–1, 15–3
1969 Singapore Open
1969 US Open Indonesia Muljadi 15–9, 15–12
1969 Canadian Open Sweden Sture Johnsson 15–11, 15–1
1970 All England Denmark Svend Pri 15–7, 15–1
1971 All England Indonesia Muljadi 15–1, 15–5
1971 Canadian Open Japan Ippei Kojima
1971 Denmark Open Japan Ippei Kojima 14-18, 15–14, 15–11
1972 All England Denmark Svend Pri 15–9, 15–4
1972 Olympic Games Denmark Svend Pri 15–6, 15–1
1972 World Invitation Denmark Svend Pri 15–5, 15–2
1973 All England Indonesia Christian Hadinata 15–4, 15–2
1973 Denmark Open Denmark Flemming Delfs
1974 All England Malaysia Punch Gunalan 8–15, 15–9, 15–10
1975 Denmark Open Denmark Svend Pri 12–15, 15–0, 15–7
1976 All England Indonesia Liem Swie King 15–7, 15–7
1980 World Championships Indonesia Liem Swie King 15–9, 15–9
1981 Japan Open Indonesia Lius Pongoh 15–9, 15–8

Runners-up (4)[edit]

Year Tournament Opponent in final Score
1975 All England Denmark Svend Pri 11–15, 14–17
1978 All England Indonesia Liem Swie King 10–15, 3–15
1980 Swedish Open India Prakash Padukone 15–9, 12–15, 1–15
1980 English Masters Indonesia Liem Swie King 11–15, 3–15



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