April 21, 1965 |
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
Zhao Jianhua (Chinese: 赵剑华) (born April 21, 1965) is a Chinese former badminton player who competed internationally from the mid-1980s to the early 1990s. He was admired for his speed and power as well as for his deception and technique. Though not as consistent as his fellow countryman, contemporary, and rival Yang Yang, Zhao, at his best, was one of the most impressive players in the sport's history.
Zhao won the 1991 IBF World Championships in singles, beating Alan Budikusuma in the final. He also won a bronze medal at the 1987 IBF World Championships. He is a two-time winner of the prestigious All England singles title (1985, 1990), and won the quadrennial Asian Games title on both occasions (1986, 1990) that he contested it, defeating Yang Yang in the final on each occasion. He was a member of China's world champion Thomas Cup (men's international) teams in 1988, and 1990.
Zhao Jianhua competed in badminton at the 1992 Summer Olympics in men's singles and was seeded #1. In the first round he had a bye, and in the second round he defeated Darren Hall from Great Britain. In the round of 16 Zhao beat Deepankar Bhattacharya from India and in quarterfinals he lost to Hermawan Susanto from Indonesia 15-2, 14-17, 17-14. He is currently the head coach of Guangxi Province Badminton Club.
|1||Team||1988||Kuala Lumpur, MAL|
|Other International Championships|
|1||Singles||1985, 1990||All England Open|
|1||Singles||1987||Badminton World Cup|
|1||Singles||1987, 1988||China Open|
|1||Singles||1991||World Grand Prix finals|
|2||Singles||1992||All England Open|
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