Zhao Jianhua

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Zhao Jianhua
Personal information
Birth name 赵剑华
Country  China
Born (1965-04-21) April 21, 1965 (age 52)
Jiangsu Province
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Handedness Left
Men's singles
Highest ranking 1

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.

Career[edit]

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.

Summer Olympics[edit]

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.

Major achievements[edit]

Rank Event Date Venue
World Championships
1 Singles 1991 Copenhagen, DEN
3 Singles 1987 Beijing, CHN
Thomas Cup
1 Team 1988 Kuala Lumpur, MAL
1 Team 1990 Tokyo, JPN
Asian Games
1 Singles 1986 Seoul, KOR
1 Singles 1990 Beijing, CHN
Other International Championships
1 Singles 1985 Japan Open
1 Singles 1984 Scottish Open
1 Singles 1985, 1990 All England Open
1 Singles 1986 Malaysia Open
1 Singles 1987 Thailand Open
1 Singles 1987 Badminton World Cup
1 Singles 1987, 1988 China Open
1 Singles 1991 World Grand Prix finals
1 Singles 1992 Singapore Open
2 Singles 1992 All England Open

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