|Rudy Hartono Kurniawan|
|Birth name||Nio Hap Liang |
|Born||18 August 1949|
Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia
|Height||1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)|
Rudy Hartono Kurniawan (born Nio Hap Liang (Chinese: ; pinyin: ); 18 August 1949) is a former Indonesian badminton player who won the men's singles title at the prestigious All-England Championship eight times, seven times consecutively (1968–1974) 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.
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. Rudy married Jane Anwar in 1976 and they have two children.
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. Hartono was active in Thomas Cup competition and played for his country at the event from 1967 to 1982. 1970, 1973, 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.
|1972 Summer Olympics - Men's Singles|
|Final||Svend Pri ||15-6, 15-1||Gold|
|1980 IBF World Championships - Men's Singles|
|Final||Liem Swie King||15-9, 15-9||Gold|
|1968||All England||Tan Aik Huang||15-12, 15-9||Champion|
|1968||Singapore Pesta||Darmadi||9-15, 15-7, 10-15||Runner-up|
|1968||Northern Indian||Muljadi||15-2, 15-10||Champion|
|1969||All England||Darmadi||15-1, 15-3||Champion|
|1969||US Open||Muljadi||15-9, 15-12||Champion|
|1969||Canadian Open||Sture Johnsson||15-11, 15-1||Champion|
|1969||Singapore Open||Muljadi||15-7, 15-4||Champion|
|1970||All England||Svend Pri||15-7, 15-1||Champion|
|1971||Western Indian||Muljadi||15-11, 15-12||Champion|
|1971||Denmark Open||Ippei Kojima||14-18, 15-14, 15-11||Champion|
|1971||All England||Muljadi||15-1, 15-5||Champion|
|1971||Canadian Open||Ippei Kojima||15-7, 15-2||Champion|
|1971||US Open||Muljadi||8-15, 9-15||Runner-up|
|1972||All England||Svend Pri||15-9, 15-4||Champion|
|1972||Jakarta Open||lie Sumirat||15-4, 15-5||Champion|
|1973||All England||Christian Hadinata||15-4, 15-2||Champion|
|1973||Denmark Open||Flemming Delfs||17-14, 15-12||Champion|
|1974||All England||Punch Gunalan||8-15, 15-9, 15-10||Champion|
|1975||All England||Svend Pri||11-15, 14-17||Runner-up|
|1975||Denmark Open||Svend Pri||12-15, 15-0, 15-7||Champion|
|1976||All England||Liem Swie King||15-7, 15-7||Champion|
|1978||All England||Liem Swie King||10-15, 3-15||Runner-up|
|1980||English Masters||Liem Swie King||11-15, 3-15||Runner-up|
|1980||Swedish Open||Prakash Padukone||15-9, 12-15, 1-15||Runner-up|
|1981||Japan Open||Lius Pongoh||15-9, 15-8||Champion|
|1968||Northern Indian||Indratno|| Tan Yee Khan
|3-15, 15-6, 15-7||Champion|
|1969||Singapore Open||Indratno|| Yeo Ah Seng
Lee Wah Chin
|1971||Western Indian||Indra Gunawan|| Muljadi
|1971||Denmark Open||Indra Gunawan|| Ng Boon Bee
|15-11, 4-15, 8-15||Runner-up|
|1971||All England||Indra Gunawan|| Ng Boon Bee
|1969||Western Indian||Rafla Latif|| Indra Gunawan