Rudy Hartono
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Rudy Hartono
Rudy Hartono Kurniawan
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Personal information
Birth nameNio Hap Liang
[1]
Country Indonesia
Born (1949-08-18) 18 August 1949 (age 72)
Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia[1]
Height1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
HandednessRight
EventMen's singles
Medal record
Men's badminton
Representing  Indonesia
World Championships
Gold medal - first place Men's singles
Thomas Cup
Gold medal - first place Team
Gold medal - first place Team
Gold medal - first place Team
Gold medal - first place Team
Silver medal - second place Team
Silver medal - second place Team
Asian Games
Gold medal - first place Men's team
Bronze medal - third place Men's doubles
Bronze medal - third place Mixed doubles
Asian Championships
Gold medal - first place Men's team

Rudy Hartono Kurniawan (born Nio Hap Liang (Chinese: ; pinyin: Liáng H?iliàng);[2] 18 August 1949) is a former Indonesian badminton player who won the men's singles title at the prestigious All-England Championship eight times,[3] seven times consecutively (1968–1974)[4] 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

Hartono was born on 18 August 1949 as Nio Hap Liang in Surabaya, the third of eight children. His sister Jeanne Utama Dewi is 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.[2] Rudy married Jane Anwar in 1976 and they have two children.

Badminton career

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.[5] Hartono was active in Thomas Cup competition and played for his country at the event from 1967 to 1982. 1970,[6] 1973,[7] The 1976, and 1979 Thomas Cup were resounding successes for Hartono and his team, with Indonesia sweeping four straight titles.

Post-retirement

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

Olympic Games (demonstration)

Men's Singles

1972 Summer Olympics - Men's Singles
Round Opponent Score Result
Final Denmark Svend Pri [3] 15-6, 15-1 Gold medal.svg Gold

IBF World Championships

Men's Singles

1980 IBF World Championships - Men's Singles
Round Opponent Score Result
Final Indonesia Liem Swie King 15-9, 15-9 Gold Gold

Open Tournaments

Men's singles

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

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1968 Northern Indian Indonesia Indratno Malaysia Tan Yee Khan
Malaysia Punch Gunalan
3-15, 15-6, 15-7 1st place, gold medalist(s) Champion
1969 Singapore Open Indonesia Indratno Singapore Yeo Ah Seng
Singapore Lee Wah Chin
15-4, 15-6 1st place, gold medalist(s) Champion
1971 Western Indian Indonesia Indra Gunawan Indonesia Muljadi
Indonesia Sumiratta
18-13, 15-12 1st place, gold medalist(s) Champion
1971 Denmark Open Indonesia Indra Gunawan Malaysia Ng Boon Bee
Malaysia Punch Gunalan
15-11, 4-15, 8-15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1971 All England Indonesia Indra Gunawan Malaysia Ng Boon Bee
Malaysia Punch Gunalan
5-15, 3-15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1969 Western Indian India Rafla Latif Indonesia Indra Gunawan
India Sunila Ape
15-12, 15-13 1st place, gold medalist(s) Champion

Awards

Sources

Cited
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  2. ^ a b Suryadinata, Leo (2012). Southeast Asian Personalities of Chinese Descent: A Biographical Dictionary, Volume I & II. Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. pp. 455-7. ISBN 978-981-4345-21-7.
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