Derek Wong

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Derek Wong
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Derek Wong at 2013 Axiata Cup
Personal information
Birth nameXi Liang Wong (黄梓良)
Country Singapore
Born (1989-01-13) 13 January 1989 (age 30)
Singapore
ResidenceSingapore City, Singapore
Height1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight67 kg (148 lb)
HandednessRight
Men's singles
Highest ranking37 (5 March 2015)
Current rankingRetired
BWF profile

Xi Liang "Derek" Wong (traditional Chinese: 黃梓良) (born 13 January 1989) is a Singaporean badminton player. Wong is a two-time Olympian, who took part at the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics, where he was flag bearer in the latter's Parade of Nations.[1]

Career[edit]

2011 World Championships[edit]

Wong shocked Indonesia's Taufik Hidayat, a former Olympic champion in the second round of the World Championships. He defeated the Indonesian star 21-17, 21-14 to earn a place in the third round against Hans-Kristian Vittinghus of Denmark.[2]

2011 Southeast Asian Games[edit]

Wong upset Vietnam's Nguyen Tien Minh, then ranked in the world's top 10, at the quarterfinals of the Sea Games. He also came agonisingly close to upsetting the eventual gold medalist, Simon Santoso, in the next round. He led in the early stages of the semifinal match before succumbing to the Indonesian in straight sets.[2]

2012 London Olympics[edit]

Wong's Olympic debut ended after a 21–17, 21–14 loss to Jan Ø. Jørgensen in his final Group I match at London's Wembley Arena on 31 July to finish second in the three-man group. "Of course, I wanted to play more games instead of just two. But being in my first Olympics has been a huge experience, and one that I will use for my career," Wong said afterwards. He had earlier beaten Israel's Misha Zilberman 21–9, 21–15 on 29 July.[3]

2014 Commonwealth Games[edit]

Wong advanced to the men's singles final but lost to Parupalli Kashyap of India 14-21, 21-11, 21-19, winning a silver medal.[4]

2016 Rio Olympics[edit]

Wong qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics and was the Singaporean flag bearer.[3] During group play, he finished in second place in his group and did not advance.[5]

Achievements[edit]

Commonwealth Games[edit]

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2014 Emirates Arena, Glasgow, Scotland India Kashyap Parupalli 14–21, 21–11, 19–21 Silver Silver

Southeast Asian Games[edit]

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2011 Istora Senayan, Jakarta, Indonesia Indonesia Simon Santoso 17–21, 12–21 Bronze Bronze

BWF International Challenge/Series[edit]

Men's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2015 Bahrain International Challenge India Sameer Verma 14–21, 10–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2013 Singapore International Chinese Taipei Lin Yu-hsien 21–18, 21–14 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2012 Vietnam International Indonesia Wisnu Yuli Prasetyo 17–21, 22–20, 21–10 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2011 White Nights Chinese Taipei Hsu Jen-hao 18–21, 21–14, 12–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2011 Iran Fajr International Indonesia Tommy Sugiarto 17–21, 21–18, 11–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2011 Maldives International Singapore Ashton Chen Austria Jurgen Koch
Austria Peter Zauner
21–19, 21–17 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
     BWF International Challenge tournament
     BWF International Series tournament

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Derek Wong". Singapore National Olympic Council. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Shuttler Derek Wong at a career crossroads". The New Paper. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Team Singapore's flagbearer hopes possible Olympics finale is his best effort". Today. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  4. ^ "Commonwealth Games: Shuttler Derek Wong lands silver in men's singles". The Straits Times. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  5. ^ "Rio 2016". Rio 2016. Archived from the original on 26 August 2016. Retrieved 27 August 2016.

External links[edit]

Olympic Games
Preceded by
Feng Tianwei
Flagbearer for  Singapore
Rio de Janeiro 2016
Succeeded by
Incumbent