Bang Soo-hyun (Hangul: 방수현; Hanja: 方銖賢; born 13 September 1972) 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. She was elected to the World Badminton Hall of Fame in 2019.
|Born||13 September 1972|
Seoul, South Korea
- Barcelona 1992
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 1996
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.
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.
|1992||Pavelló de la Mar Bella, Barcelona, Spain||Susi Susanti||11–5, 5–11, 3–11||Silver|
|1996||GSU Sports Arena, Atlanta, United States||Mia Audina||11–6, 11–7||Gold|
|1993||National Indoor Arena, Birmingham, England||Susi Susanti||11–7, 9–11, 3–11||Silver|
|1995||Malley Sports Centre, Lausanne, Switzerland||Han Jingna||6–11, 4–11||Bronze|
|1992||Guangdong Gymnasium, Guangzhou, China||Huang Hua||12–10, 9–11, 9–11||Bronze|
|1994||Phan Dinh Phung Indoor Stadium, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam||Susi Susanti||9–12, 6–11||Silver|
|1994||Tsuru Memorial Gymnasium, Hiroshima, Japan||Hisako Mizui||11–4, 11–6||Gold|
|1995||Olympic Sports Center Gymnasium, Beijing, China||Yao Yan||11–5, 7–11, 3–11||Bronze|
|1991||Istora Senayan, Jakarta, Indonesia||Tang Jiuhong||7–11, 11–6, 4–11||Silver|
|1995||Xinxing Gymnasium, Qingdao, China||Mia Audina||1–11, 11–2, 13–12||Gold|
IBF World Grand PrixEdit
The World Badminton Grand Prix sanctioned by International Badminton Federation (IBF) from 1983 to 2006.
|1992||Korea Open||Tang Jiuhong||6–11, 3–11||Runner-up|
|1992||All England Open||Tang Jiuhong||12–9, 10–12, 1–11||Runner-up|
|1992||Hong Kong Open||Susi Susanti||5–11, 11–6, 11–7||Winner|
|1992||Thailand Open||Susi Susanti||7–11, 4–11||Runner-up|
|1993||Japan Open||Ye Zhaoying||6–11, 5–11||Runner-up|
|1993||Korea Open||Susi Susanti||12–9, 11–5||Winner|
|1993||Swedish Open||Lee Heung-soon||11–2, 11–6||Winner|
|1993||All England Open||Susi Susanti||11–4, 4–11, 1–11||Runner-up|
|1994||Korea Open||Kim Ji-hyun||11–5, 11–5||Winner|
|1994||Swedish Open||Kim Ji-hyun||6–11, 11–5, 11–3||Winner|
|1994||Indonesia Open||Susi Susanti||11–2, 0–11, 1–11||Runner-up|
|1994||Hong Kong Open||Lim Xiaoqing||11–7, 11–6||Winner|
|1994||China Open||Ye Zhaoying||11–8, 11–8||Winner|
|1995||Korea Open||Susi Susanti||11–3, 7–11, 9–11||Runner-up|
|1995||Japan Open||Susi Susanti||7–11, 11–12||Runner-up|
|1995||Malaysia Open||Susi Susanti||1–11, 6–11||Runner-up|
|1995||Indonesia Open||Susi Susanti||6–11, 7–11||Runner-up|
|1995||Singapore Open||Lim Xiaoqing||7–11, 11–6, 8–11||Runner-up|
|1995||USA Open||Ye Zhaoying||10–12, 11–3, 8–11||Runner-up|
|1995||Canada Open||Ra Kyung-min||11–0, 11–7||Winner|
|1995||Hong Kong Open||Mia Audina||5–11, 11–4, 11–5||Winner|
|1996||All England Open||Ye Zhaoying||11–1, 11–1||Winner|
|1996||Korea Open||Yao Yan||11–3, 11–0||Winner|
|1994||China Open||Jang Hye-ock|| Ge Fei
Record against selected opponentsEdit
Record against year-end Finals finalists, World Championships semi-finalists, and Olympic quarter-finalists.
- Hearn, Don (8 March 2019). "Korea's singles queen to be named to Hall of Fame". Badzine.net. Retrieved 10 May 2019.