Ippei Kojima

Ippei Kojima (born 1944) is a former Japanese badminton player who won a record eight Japanese national men's singles titles and some major international titles in both singles and doubles between the mid-1960s and the mid-1970s.

Ippei Kojima
Personal information

CareerEdit

His game was marked by exceptional foot speed, great tenacity, and power surprising for a man who was about five feet (1.524 meters) tall. Kojima is the first of only two Japanese players to have won men's singles at the prestigious Danish Open (1970). He also shared the Danish Open men's doubles title, with different partners, in 1968 and 1969.[1] In 1970 he reached the final of all three events at both the U.S. and Canadian Open championships, winning men's doubles in the U.S. and both singles and mixed doubles in Canada. In 1971 he won men's singles at the Singapore Open and over a select international field at the Flare Square Invitational, a one-time-only event held in conjunction with the Calgary (Canada) Stampede, where he defeated Denmark's Svend Pri in the final. Perhaps the most notable matches of Kojima's career were a series of close but losing singles efforts against the iconic Rudy Hartono in Thomas Cup, the All-Englands, and other major venues in 1970 and 1971.[2][3]

AchievementsEdit

Asian GamesEdit

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1970 Indoor Stadium Huamark, Bangkok, Thailand   Muljadi 15–17, 15–11, 10–15   Bronze

International tournamentsEdit

Men's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
1968 Malaysia Open   Tan Aik Huang 4–15, 15–13, 6–15   Runner-up
1968 Singapore Open   Tan Aik Huang 12–15, 4–15   Runner-up
1970 Denmark Open   Erland Kops 15–3, 15–10   Winner
1970 US Open   Junji Honma 15–13, 8–15, 8–15   Runner-up
1970 Canada Open   Junji Honma 15-11, 9-15, 15-6   Winner
1971 Denmark Open   Rudy Hartono 18–14, 14–15, 11–15   Runner-up
1971 Canada Open   Rudy Hartono 7–15, 2–15   Runner-up
1971 Flare Square Invitational   Svend Pri 15–3, 15–4   Winner
1971 Singapore Open   Nunung Murdjianto 15–3, 18–16   Winner
1972 Denmark Open   Svend Pri 9–15, 5–15   Runner-up

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1968 Malaysia Open   Issei Nichino   Tan Yee Khan
  Ng Boon Bee
15–11, 9–15, 9–15   Runner-up
1968 Denmark Open   Issei Nichino   Winner
1969 Denmark Open   Bjarne Andersen   Tan Aik Huang
  Tan Aik Mong
15–9, 6–15, 15–7   Winner
1969 US Open   Channarong Ratanaseangsuang   Punch Gunalan
  Ng Boon Bee
3–15, 7–15   Runner-up
1970 Canada Open   Junji Honma   Channarong Ratanaseangsuang
  Raphi Kanchanaraphi
10–15, 9–15   Runner-up
1970 US Open   Junji Honma   Don Paup
  Jim Poole
17-14, 15–2   Winner
1971 Singapore Open   Junji Honma   Ade Chandra
  Christian Hadinata
10–15, 8–15   Runner-up

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1970 US Open   Machiko Aizawa   Paul Whetnall
  Margaret Boxall
8–15, 2–15   Runner-up
1970 Canada Open   Susan Whetnall   Paul Whetnall
  Margaret Boxall
10–15, 15–5, 15–13   Winner

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Herbert Scheele, The International Badminton Federation Handbook for 1971 (Canterbury, Kent, England: J. A. Jennings Ltd., 1971) 152, 153.
  2. ^ Herbert Scheele, The International Badminton Federation Handbook for 1971 (Canterbury, Kent, England: J. A. Jennings Ltd., 1971) 45.
  3. ^ "Danish National Championships", Badminton USA, May 1971, 23.