Foo Kok Keong

Foo Kok Keong KMN AMN BSD (born 8 January 1963) is a former badminton player from Malaysia who rated among the world's best singles players from the late 1980s to the mid-1990s.[1] He competed at the 1992 Summer Olympics.[2]

Foo Kok Keong
Personal information
Country Malaysia
Born (1963-01-08) 8 January 1963 (age 59)
Gombak, Selangor, Federation of Malaya (now Malaysia)
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight65 kg (143 lb)
Years active1982–1994
HandednessRight
Men's singles
Highest ranking1 (1991)
Medal record
Men's badminton
Representing  Malaysia
World Cup
Silver medal – second place 1989 Guangzhou Men's singles
Bronze medal – third place 1992 Guangzhou Men's singles
Thomas Cup
Gold medal – first place 1992 Kuala Lumpur Team
Silver medal – second place 1988 Kuala Lumpur Team
Silver medal – second place 1990 Tokyo Team
Silver medal – second place 1994 Jakarta Team
Bronze medal – third place 1986 Jakarta Team
Commonwealth Games
Silver medal – second place 1990 Auckland Men's singles
Asian Games
Silver medal – second place 1990 Beijing Men's team
Asian Championships
Gold medal – first place 1994 Shanghai Men's singles
Silver medal – second place 1985 Kuala Lumpur Men's team
Silver medal – second place 1988 Bandar Lampung Men's singles
Silver medal – second place 1991 Kuala Lumpur Men's singles
Silver medal – second place 1992 Kuala Lumpur Men's singles
Bronze medal – third place 1989 Shanghai Men's team
Southeast Asian Games
Gold medal – first place 1989 Kuala Lumpur Men's team
Gold medal – first place 1991 Manila Men's team
Silver medal – second place 1983 Singapore Men's team
Silver medal – second place 1985 Bangkok Men's team
Silver medal – second place 1987 Jakarta Men's team
Bronze medal – third place 1987 Jakarta Men's singles
Bronze medal – third place 1989 Kuala Lumpur Men's singles
Bronze medal – third place 1991 Manila Men's singles
BWF profile
Foo Kok Keong
Chinese傅國強

CareerEdit

Not a stylish looking player, he was noted for his quickness, stamina, and never-say-die tenacity. Kok Keong played for the Malaysian Thomas Cup (men's international) team which finished second to China in 1990, and for the team which defeated Indonesia for the world championship in 1992.

His victories in individual competition included the Singapore Open and French Open singles titles in 1990, and the Asian Championships singles title in 1994. He was a runner-up in the Malaysia Open (1990, 1991), the British Commonwealth Games (1990),[3] the World Grand Prix Final (1989),[4] and the All-England Championships (1991).[5]

In 1991, Foo Kok Keong became the first Malaysian to reach the number 1 world ranking since the ranking system is implemented by the International Badminton Federation (IBF) in the 80's.

AchievementsEdit

World CupEdit

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1989 Guangzhou Gymnasium, Guangzhou, China   Yang Yang 14–17, 6–15   Silver
1992 Guangdong Gymnasium, Guangzhou, China   Joko Suprianto 12–15, 2–15   Bronze

Asian ChampionshipsEdit

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1988 Bandar Lampung, Indonesia   Xiong Guobao 9–15, 5–15   Silver
1991 Cheras Indoor Stadium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   Rashid Sidek 15–4, 11–15, 2–15   Silver
1992 Cheras Indoor Stadium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   Rashid Sidek 9–15, 3–15   Silver
1994 Shanghai Gymnasium, Shanghai, China   Liu Jun 15–13, 9–15, 15–3   Gold

Southeast Asian GamesEdit

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1987 Kuningan Hall, Jakarta, Indonesia   Icuk Sugiarto 6–15, 4–15   Bronze
1989 Stadium Negara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   Icuk Sugiarto 12–15, 5–15   Bronze
1991 Camp Crame Gymnasium, Manila, Philippines   Ardy Wiranata 4–15, 10–15   Bronze

Commonwealth GamesEdit

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1990 Auckland Badminton Hall, Auckland, New Zealand   Rashid Sidek 8–15, 10–15   Silver

IBF World Grand PrixEdit

The World Badminton Grand Prix sanctioned by International Badminton Federation (IBF) from 1983 to 2006.

Men's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
1989 Japan Open   Yang Yang 2–15, 10–15   Runner-up
1989 Hong Kong Open   Wu Wenkai 11–15, 11–15   Runner-up
1989 World Grand Prix Finals   Xiong Guobao 11–15, 7–15   Runner-up
1990 French Open   Rashid Sidek 15–11, 18–13   Winner
1990 Malaysia Open   Rashid Sidek 17–18, 6–15   Runner-up
1990 Singapore Open   Zhao Jianhua 15–8, 10–15, 15–9   Winner
1991 All England Open   Ardy Wiranata 12–15, 10–15   Runner-up
1991 Malaysia Open   Rashid Sidek 4–15, 5–15   Runner-up

IBF InternationalEdit

Men's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
1990 Australian Open   Ardy Wiranata 9–15, 12–15   Runner-up

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Foo still having a smashing time | The Star Online". www.thestar.com.my. Retrieved 27 April 2020.
  2. ^ "Foo Kok Keong". Olympedia. Retrieved 25 May 2020.
  3. ^ Commonwealth Games Medallists - Court and Table Sports
  4. ^ History of World Cup champs [Archive] - Badminton Central Discussion Forums
  5. ^ All England Archived 6 February 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Semakan Penerima Darjah Kebesaran, Bintang dan Pingat".
  7. ^ "Semakan Penerima Darjah Kebesaran, Bintang dan Pingat".
  8. ^ "Semakan Penerima Darjah Kebesaran, Bintang dan Pingat".

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