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Derek Wong Zi Liang (traditional Chinese: 黃梓良) (born 13 January 1989) is a Singaporean badminton player. Wong is a two-time olympian, who took part at the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics.[1]

Derek Wong Zi Liang
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Derek Wong at 2013 Axiata Cup
Personal information
Birth name 黄梓良
Country  Singapore
Born (1989-01-13) 13 January 1989 (age 28)
Singapore
Residence Singapore City, Singapore
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 67 kg (148 lb)
Handedness Right
Men's singles
Highest ranking 37 (5 March 2015)
Current ranking Retired
BWF profile

Contents

CareerEdit

2011 World ChampionshipsEdit

Wong shocked Indonesia’s Taufik Hidayat, a former Olympic champion in the second round of the World Championships. He defeated the Indonesian star 21-17, 21-14 to earn a place in the third round against Hans-Kristian Vittinghus of Denmark.[2]

2011 Southeast Asian GamesEdit

Wong upset Vietnam’s Nguyen Tien Minh, then ranked in the world’s top 10, at the quarterfinals of the Sea Games. He also came agonizingly close to upsetting the eventual gold medalist, Simon Santoso, in the next round. He led in the early stages of the semifinal match before succumbing to the Indonesian in straight sets.[2]

2012 London OlympicsEdit

Wong's Olympic debut ended after a 21–17, 21–14 loss to Jan Ø. Jørgensen in his final Group I match at London's Wembley Arena on 31 July to finish second in the three-man group. "Of course, I wanted to play more games instead of just two. But being in my first Olympics has been a huge experience, and one that I will use for my career," Wong said afterwards. He had earlier beaten Israel's Misha Zilberman 21–9, 21–15 on 29 July.[3]

2014 Commonwealth GamesEdit

Wong advanced to the men's singles final but lost to Parupalli Kashyap of India 14-21, 21-11, 21-19, winning a silver medal.[4]

2016 Rio OlympicsEdit

Wong qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics and was the Singaporean flag bearer.[3] During group play, he finished in second place in his group and did not advance.[5]

AchievementsEdit

Commonwealth GamesEdit

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2014 Emirates Arena, Glasgow, Scotland   Kashyap Parupalli 14–21, 21–11, 19–21   Silver

Southeast Asian GamesEdit

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2011 Istora Senayan, Jakarta, Indonesia   Simon Santoso 17–21, 12–21   Bronze

BWF International Challenge/SeriesEdit

Men's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2015 Bahrain International Challenge   Sameer Verma 14–21, 10–21   Runner-up
2013 Singapore International   Lin Yu-hsien 21–18, 21–14   Winner
2012 Vietnam International   Wisnu Yuli Prasetyo 17–21, 22–20, 21–10   Winner
2011 White Nights   Hsu Jen-hao 18–21, 21–14, 12–21   Runner-up
2011 Iran Fajr International   Tommy Sugiarto 17–21, 21–18, 11–21   Runner-up

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2011 Maldives International   Ashton Chen   Jurgen Koch
  Peter Zauner
21–19, 21–17   Winner
     BWF International Challenge tournament
     BWF International Series tournament

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Derek Wong". Singapore National Olympic Council. Retrieved 4 September 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Shuttler Derek Wong at a career crossroads". The New Paper. Retrieved 4 September 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "Team Singapore’s flagbearer hopes possible Olympics finale is his best effort". Today. Retrieved 4 September 2017. 
  4. ^ "Commonwealth Games: Shuttler Derek Wong lands silver in men's singles". The Straits Times. Retrieved 4 September 2017. 
  5. ^ "Rio 2016". Rio 2016. Archived from the original on 26 August 2016. Retrieved 27 August 2016. 

External linksEdit

Olympic Games
Preceded by
Feng Tianwei
Flagbearer for   Singapore
Rio de Janeiro 2016
Succeeded by
Incumbent