Ha Tae-kwon (Korean: 하태권; Hanja: 河泰權; born 30 April 1975) is a badminton player from South Korea. Born in Jeonju, Jeollabuk-do, Ha started his career in badminton with the recommendation of Kim Dong-moon in elementary school. He made his international debut in 1992, and won his first Grand Prix title at the 1995 Canada Open. Ha three times competed in Olympic Games in 1996, 2000 and 2004, won a bronze medal in 2000 and a gold medal in 2004.
|Born||30 April 1975|
Jeonju, Jeollabuk-do, South Korea
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Weight||85 kg (187 lb)|
|Revised Romanization||Ha Tae-gwon|
Ha made his first appearance in Olympic Games in 1996 Atlanta, competed in the men's doubles event partnered with Kang Kyung-jin. He and Kang reached the quarterfinals after beat Siripong Siripul/Khunakorn Sudhisodhi of Thailand and Jon Holst-Christensen/Thomas Lund of Denmark in the first and second round. In the quarterfinals they defeated by the Malaysian pair Yap Kim Hock/Cheah Soon Kit in straight games.
In 2000 Sydney, Ha qualified to compete in two events. Teamed-up with Chung Jae-hee in the mixed doubles, they finished their campaign in the second round, beat the Ukrainian Vladislav Druzchenko/Viktoriya Evtushenko and lost to eventual silver medalists Trikus Haryanto/Minarti Timur of Indonesia. In the men's doubles, he partnered with Kim Dong-moon. They had bye in the first round, beat Yap Kim Hock/Cheah Soon Kit of Malaysia and Ricky Subagja/Rexy Mainaky of Indonesia in the second and quarterfinals, lost to Tony Gunawan/Candra Wijaya of Indonesia in the semifinals, and won a bronze medal match against Choong Tan Fook/Lee Wan Wah of Malaysia.
In 2004 Athens, Ha competed in the men's doubles with Kim Dong-moon as a third seeded. They had a bye in the first round and defeated Robert Mateusiak/Michał Łogosz of Poland in the second. In the quarterfinals, Ha and Kim beat Zheng Bo/Sang Yang of China 15–7, 15–11. They won the semifinal against Eng Hian/Flandy Limpele of Indonesia 15–8, 15–2 and defeated fellow Koreans Lee Dong-soo and Yoo Yong-sung 15–11, 15–4 to win the gold medal.
In 2005, he competed at the Sudirman Cup, helps the national team won a bronze medal.
Ha graduated from the Wonkwang University. In 2008, he was coach of the national team, and in October of the same year he became the coach of Samsung Electro-Mechanics.
|2004||Goudi Olympic Hall, Athens, Greece||Kim Dong-moon|| Lee Dong-soo
|2000||The Dome, Sydney, Australia||Kim Dong-moon|| Choong Tan Fook
Lee Wan Wah
|2001||Palacio de Deportes de San Pablo, Seville, Spain||Kim Dong-moon|| Tony Gunawan
|1999||Brøndby Arena, Copenhagen, Denmark||Kim Dong-moon|| Lee Dong-soo
|2002||Bangkok, Thailand||Kim Dong-moon|| Candra Wijaya
|1999||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia||Kim Dong-moon|| Zhang Wei
|1998||Bangkok, Thailand||Kang Kyung-jin|| Zhang Wei
|12–15, 15–11, 15–13||Gold|
|1996||Surabaya, Indonesia||Kang Kyung-jin|| Ade Sutrisna
|8–15, 17–15, 11–15||Silver|
|1996||Surabaya, Indonesia||Kim Shin-young|| Tri Kusharyanto
IBF World Grand PrixEdit
The World Badminton Grand Prix sanctioned by International Badminton Federation (IBF) since 1983.
|2002||Dutch Open||Hwang Yu-mi|| Kim Dong-moon
|1999||Japan Open||Chung Jae-hee|| Liu Yong
|1999||All England Open||Chung Jae-hee|| Simon Archer
|1999||Swedish Open||Chung Jae-hee|| Kim Dong-moon
|1997||Hong Kong Open||Chung Jae-hee|| Kim Dong-moon
|1994||Hong Kong Open||Shim Eun-jung|| Thomas Lund
|2002||Malaysia Satellite||Kim Dong-moon|| Jeremy Gan
Gan Teik Chai
|1999||Australian International||Lee Dong-soo|| Kim Dong-moon
|17–14, 9–15, 12–15||Runner-up|
|1991||Hungarian International||Hwang Sun-ho|| Kim Young-gil
|17–14, 12–15, 9–15||Runner-up|
|2002||Malaysia Satellite||Lee Kyung-won|| Robby Istanta