Flemming Delfs

Flemming Delfs (born September 7, 1951) is a former Danish badminton player who was world no. 1 in 1977. He won the All England Championship, the European and the World Championship in the 1970s.

Flemming Delfs
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Personal information
Country Denmark
Born7 September 1951
HandednessRight
Men's singles
Highest ranking1 (1977)

CareerEdit

Delfs is especially noteworthy for winning men's singles[1] at the first IBF World Championships held in Malmö, Sweden in 1977.[2] He dominated that same 1976/1977 season by winning nearly all other noteworthy tournaments, including the All-England Championships.[3] Delfs won three consecutive European men's singles titles in 1976, 1978, and 1980.[4] He played on all four Danish Thomas Cup (men's international) teams between 1972 and 1982, two of which (1973, 1979) reached the championship round before losing to Indonesia.[5] Tall, with an elegant style and powerful backhand, Delfs was a highly impressive player at his best, but typically had difficulty in the hot, humid conditions he encountered in the Far East.[6]

Later lifeEdit

After ending his active career, Delfs became CEO and co-owner of Patrick Skandinavia A/S.

AchievementsEdit

World ChampionshipsEdit

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1977 Malmö Isstadion, Malmö, Sweden   Svend Pri 15–5, 15–6   Gold

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1980 Istora Senayan, Jakarta, Indonesia   Steen Skovgaard   Rudy Heryanto
  Hariamanto Kartono
7–15, 7–15   Bronze

World CupEdit

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1979 Tokyo, Japan   lie Sumirat 7–15, 7–15   Bronze
1980 Kyoto, Japan   Masao Tsuchida 10–15, 13–15   Bronze

European ChampionshipsEdit

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1972 Karlskrona, Sweden   Klaus Kaagaard 13–18, 15–8, 7–15   Bronze
1974 Vienna, Austria   Sture Johnsson 15–4, 6–15, 8–15   Bronze
1976 Dublin, Ireland   Elo Hansen 15–4, 15–7   Gold
1978 Preston, England   Thomas Kihlström   Gold
1980 Groningen, Netherlands   Morten Frost 15–4, 1–15, 17–14   Gold

International tournamentsEdit

Men's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
1973 Denmark Open   Rudy Hartono 14–17, 12–15   Runner-up
1973 India Open   Svend Pri 8–15, 7–15   Runner-up
1974 Portugal International   Elo Hansen   Runner-up
1975 Dutch Open   Sture Johnsson 14–15, 15–0, 15–10   Winner
1975 German Open   Paul Whetnall 15–10, 15–12   Winner
1975 Jamaica International   Jamie Paulson 15–6, 15–2   Winner
1976 Denmark Open   Svend Pri 15–9, 5–15, 10–15   Runner-up
1976 Dutch Open   Winner
1976 German Open   Paul Whetnall   Runner-up
1977 Swedish Open   Liem Swie King 4–15, 8–15   Runner-up
1977 Canada Open   Thomas Kihlström 12–15, 15–7, 15–10   Winner
1977 All England   Liem Swie King 15–17, 15–11, 15–8   Winner
1977 Denmark Open   Svend Pri 15–12, 15–7   Winner
1977 Japan Open   Thomas Kihlström 15–9, 13–15, 10–15   Runner-up
1978 Swedish Open   Svend Pri 3–15, 8–15   Runner-up
1978 Dutch Open   Svend Pri 15–3, 3–15, 15–7   Winner
1978 Canada Open   Thomas Kihlström 14–17, 15–11, 18–16   Winner
1979 Swedish Open   Ray Stevens 15–7, 15–0   Winner
1979 Dutch Open   Morten Frost 15–6, 3–15, 17–15   Winner
1979 Denmark Open   Morten Frost 15–7, 15–7   Winner
1979 All England   Liem Swie King 7–15, 8–15   Runner-up
1979 Canada Open   Morten Frost 7–15, 17–14, 7–15   Runner-up
1980 Chinese Taipei Open   lie Sumirat   Winner
1980 Victor Cup   Thomas Kihlström 7–15, 10–15   Runner-up
1982 Scottish Open   Morten Frost 4–15, 2–15   Runner-up

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1974 Portugal International   Elo Hansen   David Hunt
  William Kidd
  Runner-up
1975 Jamaica International   Elo Hansen   Mike Tredgett
  Ray Stevens
15–13, 4–15, 11–15   Runner-up
1976 Swedish Open   Elo Hansen   Winner
1976 Dutch Open   Elo Hansen   Winner
1976 Denmark Open   Elo Hansen   David Eddy
  Eddy Sutton
13–15, 11–15   Runner-up
1977 Japan Open   Steen Skovgaard   Nobutaka Ikeda
  Shoichi Toganoo
15–9, 15–2   Winner
1977 Denmark Open   Steen Skovgaard   Thomas Kihlström
  Bengt Fröman
6–15, 8–15   Runner-up
1978 Denmark Open   Steen Skovgaard   Christian Hadinata
  Ade Chandra
15–6, 15–11   Winner
1978 Canada Open   Steen Skovgaard   Thomas Kihlström
  Bengt Fröman
15–9, 10–15, retired   Runner-up
1978 Swedish Open   Steen Skovgaard   Thomas Kihlström
  Bengt Fröman
15–18, 15–9, 15–8   Winner
1979 Canada Open   Morten Frost   Christian Hadinata
  Ade Chandra
5–15, 1–15   Runner-up
1979 Swedish Open   Steen Skovgaard   Steen Fladberg
  Morten Frost
15–12, 12–15, 15–10   Winner
1980 Copenhagen Cup   Steen Skovgaard   Steen Fladberg
  Morten Frost
  Winner
1980 Denmark Open   Steen Skovgaard   Christian Hadinata
  Ade Chandra
15–10, 10–15, 15–10   Winner
1980 Chinese Taipei Open   Steen Skovgaard   Hadibowo Susanto
  Bobby Ertanto
  Runner-up
1980 Victor Cup   Steen Skovgaard   Thomas Kihlström
  Claes Nordin
5–15, 17–18   Runner-up
1981 Japan Open   Prakash Padukone   Christian Hadinata
  Lius Pongoh
4–15, 5–15   Runner-up

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1973 Mexico International   Carlene Starkey   G. Harris
  Madalene Steinbroner
15–12, 15–1   Winner

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Mohapatra, Bikash (07 September 2021). "Happy 70th...To A Forgotten Champion From The 1970s", [Badminton Bladet.DK].
  2. ^ Pat Davis, The Guinness Book of Badminton (Enfield, Middlesex, England: Guinness Superlatives Ltd., 1983) 109.
  3. ^ Davis, 149
  4. ^ Davis, 115.
  5. ^ Davis 125-128.
  6. ^ Davis, 149.

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