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Gillian Clark (badminton)

Gillian Margaret Clark, MBE (born 2 September 1961) is a former English badminton player who specialized in doubles and is currently a badminton television commentator. As a badminton commentator, she is well-known for her knowledge and catchphrase such as "I don't believe it".[2]

Gillian Clark
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Gillian Clark at Australia Open Super Series 2017
Personal information
Birth nameGillian Margaret Clark
CountryEnglish
Born (1961-09-02) 2 September 1961 (age 58)
Baghdad, Iraq[1]
EventWomen's & Mixed doubles

Badminton CareerEdit

World ChampionshipsEdit

Clark won two bronze medals at the World Badminton Championships a decade apart; for women's doubles in 1983, and for mixed doubles in 1993.

Olympic GamesEdit

Clark competed in badminton at the 1992 Summer Olympics in women's doubles with Julie Bradbury. In the first round they defeated Erma Sulistianingsih and Rosiana Tendean of Indonesia and in the second round Katrin Schmidt and Kerstin Ubben of Germany. In the quarterfinals they were beaten by the eventual gold medalists, Hwang Hye-young and Chung So-young of Korea, 15-5, 15-5.

All England ChampionshipEdit

She reached the finals of the prestigious All England Open Badminton Championships; in the 1985 mixed doubles with Thomas Kihlström, the 1990 doubles with Gillian Gowers and 1994 the mixed with Chris Hunt.

Commonwealth GamesEdit

Clark has won eleven Commonwealth Games medals spanning four Games from 1982 until 1994. The medal breakdown was five gold medals (one with Gillian Gowers in the doubles, one with Chris Hunt in the mixed doubles and three in the team event), three silver medals all in the doubles and three bronze medals in the singles and mixed doubles.[3][4][5][6]

European ChampionshipsEdit

She won four gold medals at the biennial European Badminton Championships; three consecutively (1982, 1984, and 1986) in women's doubles and one in mixed doubles (1988).

Major achievementsEdit

Rank Event Date Venue
World Championships
3 Women's doubles 1983
(with Gillian Gilks)
Copenhague, DEN
3 Mixed doubles 1993
(with Nick Ponting)
Birmingham, ENG
European Championships
1 Women's doubles 1982
(with Gillian Gilks)
Böblingen, GER
1 Women's doubles 1984
(with Karen Chapman)
Preston, ENG
1 Women's doubles 1986
(with Gillian Gowers)
Uppsala, SWE
1 Mixed doubles 1988
(with Steen Fladberg-DEN)
Kristiansand, NOR
2 Women's doubles 1988
(with Julie Munday)
Kristiansand, NOR
3 Mixed doubles 1984
(with Nigel Tier)
Preston, ENG
3 Women's doubles 1990
(with Gillian Gowers)
Moscow, USSR
3 Women's doubles 1994
(with Jullie Bradbury)
Den Bosch, NED
Commonwealth Games
1 Women's doubles 1986
(with Gillian Gowers)
Edinburgh, SCO
1 Mixed doubles 1994
(with Chris Hunt)
Victoria, CAN
1 Team event 1982
Brisbane, AUS
1 Team event 1986
Edinburgh, SCO
1 Team event 1990
Auckland, NZL
2 Women's doubles 1982
(with Karen Beckman)
Brisbane, AUS
2 Women's doubles 1990
(with Gillian Gowers)
Auckland, NZL
2 Women's doubles 1994
(with Julie Bradbury)
Victoria, CAN
3 Women's singles 1982 Brisbane, AUS
3 Women's singles 1986 Edinburgh, SCO
3 Mixed doubles 1990
(with Andy Goode)
Auckland, NZL
All England Championships
2 Mixed doubles 1985
(with Thomas Kihlström-SWE)
London, ENG
2 Women's doubles 1990
(with Gillian Gowers)
London, ENG
2 Mixed doubles 1994
(with Chris Hunt)
Birmingham, ENG

Personal lifeEdit

Clark was harassed by a stalker for more than 10 years since 2001. The perpetrator was diagnosed with persistent delusional personality disorder and jailed for 2 years.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Gillian Clark Biography and Statistics". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 20 August 2009. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  2. ^ Tiwari, Rakesh. "Gillian Clark - The Voice of Badminton". Sportskeeda. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  3. ^ "1982 Athletes". Team England.
  4. ^ "1986 Athletes". Team England.
  5. ^ "1990 Athletes". Team England.
  6. ^ "Athletes and results". Commonwealth Games Federation.
  7. ^ Spereall, David. "Stalker's 17-year campaign of harassment against BBC star". Hull Live. Retrieved 20 March 2019.