Bang Soo-Hyun (Hangul: 방수현, Hanja: 方銖賢, born September 13, 1972 in Seoul) is a former badminton player from South Korea who was one of the world's leading women's singles players of the 1990s. She was a contemporary and rival of Indonesia's Susi Susanti and China's Ye Zhaoying and recorded wins over both in major badminton tournaments. Noted for a style that combined impressive power and movement, she retired from competition after her victory in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, shortly before her 24th birthday.

Bang Soo-Hyun
Personal information
Country South Korea
Born (1972-09-13) September 13, 1972 (age 47)
Seoul, South Korea
HandednessRight
Women's singles
Highest ranking1
BWF profile

CareerEdit

Summer OlympicsEdit

Barcelona 1992Edit

Bang competed in badminton at the 1992 Summer Olympics in women's singles. She had a bye in the first round, defeated Catrine Bengtsson of Sweden in the second and Hisuko Mizui of Japan in the third. In quarterfinals Bang Soo-hyun edged Sarwendah Kusumawardhani of Indonesia 11-2, 3-11, 12-11 to advance to the semifinals. There, she beat the reigning world champion Tang Jiuhong of China 11-3, 11-2. In the final, she lost to Indonesia's Susi Susanti 11-5, 5-11, 3-11 to finish with the silver medal.

Atlanta 1996Edit

Bang also competed in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. She won the gold medal in women's singles without dropping a game in any match, defeating Susi Susanti in semifinals 11-9, 11-8, and Mia Audina in the final, 11-6, 11-7.

World ChampionshipsEdit

She won two medals in the IBF World Championships, in 1993 a silver medal as runner-up to Susanti, and in 1995 a bronze medal.

Other championshipsEdit

Bang won the quadrennial Asian Games in 1994, and the prestigious All England Open Badminton Championships over Ye Zhaoying in 1996, having been a runner-up in close matches in both 1992 and 1993. Her other titles included the Welsh (1989), Hong Kong (1992), South Korea (1993, 1994, 1996), Swedish (1993, 1994), and Canadian (1995) Opens.

TitlesEdit

SinglesEdit

Outcome Event Year Venue Opponent in the final Score in the final
Olympics
1 Singles 1996   Atlanta, United States   Mia Audina 11-6, 11-7
2 Singles 1992   Barcelona, Spain   Susi Susanti 11-5, 5-11, 3-11
World Championships
2 Singles 1993   Birmingham, England   Susi Susanti 11-7, 9-11, 3-11
3 Singles 1995   Lausanne, Switzerland
Asian Games
1 Singles 1994   Hiroshima, Japan   Hisako Mizui 11-4, 11-6
All England Open
1 Singles 1996   Birmingham, England   Ye Zhaoying 11-1, 11-1
2 Singles 1993   London, England   Susi Susanti 11-4, 4-11, 1-11
2 Singles 1992   London, England   Tang Jiuhong 12-9, 10-12, 1-11
Other Open Tournaments
1 Singles 1996   Korea Open   Yao Yan 11-3, 11-0
1 Singles 1995   Canadian Open   Ra Kyung-min 11-0, 11-7
1 Singles 1994   Hong Kong Open   Lim Xiaoqing 11-7, 11-6
1 Singles 1994   Swedish Open   Kim Ji-hyun 6-11, 11-5, 11-3
1 Singles 1994   Korea Open   Kim Ji-hyun 11-5, 11-5
1 Singles 1993   Swedish Open   Lee Heung-soon 11-2, 11-6
1 Singles 1993   Korea Open   Susi Susanti 12-9, 11-5
1 Singles 1992   Hong Kong Open   Susi Susanti 5-11, 11-6, 11-7

Record Against Selected OpponentsEdit

Includes results against World Championships semifinalists and Olympic quarterfinalists, as well as all Olympic opponents.

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