Darren Hall (badminton)

Darren James Hall (born 25 October 1965) is a retired badminton player from Great Britain who is generally rated as one of the very best, if not the best, men's singles players that Britain has produced.

Darren Hall
Personal information
Birth nameDarren James Hall
Country England
Born (1965-10-25) 25 October 1965 (age 54)
Walthamstow, Greater London, England
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight73 kg (161 lb)
BWF profile


Hall won a record ten English national singles titles from the mid-1980s to the late 1990s. He is the only Englishman since the 1930s to win the prestigious Danish Open (1992) in men's singles. He won the singles gold medal at the 1988 European Badminton Championships, defeating the great Morten Frost in the final.

Hall represented England in a demonstration of badminton at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea.[1] He then competed in 1992 Summer Olympics in the men's singles. He lost in the second round to Zhao Jianhua, of China, 6–15, 9–15. In 1996, he played in the singles and doubles event. In the singles, he lost to Lee Kwang-jin of South Korea in the second round, 7–15, 11–15, and in the doubles event with Peter Knowles, they were defeated by Chinese pair Ge Cheng and Tao Xiaoqiang, 2–15, 3–15.

Hall competed at the Commonwealth Games in 1990 and 1998, and has collected a gold and three bronze medals.[2]


World CupEdit

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1996 Jakarta, Indonesia   Jeffer Rosobin 15–9, 14–17, 9–14   Bronze

Commonwealth GamesEdit

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1998 Kuala Lumpur Badminton Stadium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   Yong Hock Kin 7–15, 1–15   Bronze
1990 Auckland, New Zealand   Steve Baddeley Walkover   Bronze

European ChampionshipsEdit

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1990 Moscow, Soviet Union   Steve Baddeley –, –   Silver
1988 Kristiansand, Norway   Morten Frost –, –   Gold

European Junior ChampionshipsEdit

Boys' doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1983 Helsinki, Finland   Stuart Spurling  
–, –   Bronze

IBF World Grand PrixEdit

The World Badminton Grand Prix sanctioned by International Badminton Federation (IBF) since 1983.

Men's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
1992 Denmark Open   Poul-Erik Høyer Larsen 15–11, 18–13   Winner
1987 Denmark Open   Torben Carlsen 7–15, 4–15   Runner-up
1987 Hong Kong Open   Xiong Guobao 15–6, 4–15, 10–15   Runner-up
1987 German Open   Ib Frederiksen 17–16, 4–15, 15–6   Winner
1987 Dutch Open   Poul-Erik Høyer Larsen 4–15, 1–15   Runner-up

IBF InternationalEdit

Men's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
1999 Irish International   Peter Knowles 9–15, 4–15   Runner-up
1998 Irish International   Mark Constable 15–7, 15–11   Winner
1998 Scottish International   Pontus Jäntti 13–15, 8–15   Runner-up
1998 Portugal International   Niels Christian Kaldau 16–18, 9–15   Runner-up
1997 Irish International   Daniel Eriksson 15–12, 15–4   Winner
1993 Irish International   Tomas Johansson Walkover   Winner
1993 Welsh International   Peter Knowles 14–17, 15–6, 15–5   Winner
1992 Wimbledon Open   Anders Nielsen 15–8, 15–12   Winner
1991 Scottish Open   Jens Olsson 11–15, 15–9, 15–1   Winner
1988 Welsh International     Winner
1986 Welsh International     Winner
1985 Welsh International     Winner
1984 Victor Cup   Lius Pongoh 6–15, 2–15   Runner-up
1984 Welsh International   Morten Frost 2–15, 6–15   Runner-up

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1982 Portugal International   Ray Stevens   Billy Gilliland
  Dan Travers
15–13, 15–8   Winner


  1. ^ "Badminton England Facts and Records" (PDF). Badminton England. Retrieved 10 June 2019.
  2. ^ "Darren Hall". Commonwealth Games Federation. Retrieved 10 June 2019.

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