Kang Kyung-jin

Kang Kyung-jin (Hangul: 강경진; Hanja: 姜京珍; born 24 March 1973[3]) is a former badminton player and coach from South Korea. He was the men's doubles champion at the 1997 All England Open and 1998 Asian Championships. He competed at the 1996 Summer Olympics.[4]

Kang Kyung-jin
Personal information
Country South Korea
Born (1973-03-24) 24 March 1973 (age 48)
Height1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Weight68 kg (150 lb)[1]
HandednessLeft[2]
EventMen's & mixed doubles
BWF profile

Early lifeEdit

The left-handler Kang Kyung-jin, began to play badminton when he was in the third grade of Dongdaegu Elementary School, recognized by his teacher who is also a badminton coach in a club. In the beginning, he wants to be a baseball player, following his father who was also a baseball player.[2]

CareerEdit

As a player, Kang was best known for winning the 1997 All England Open men's doubles title with Ha Tae-kwon. In the same year, Kang and Ha also won major titles at the Swedish Open and the Korea Open and the following year, they won the Badminton Asia Championships. In the 1994 Asian Games, he won two silver medals, in mixed doubles and in the men's team event.

CoachEdit

Kang graduated from Inha University, and after that he started his career as a coach in Gangnam-gu office team. He later was selected to join the national team as men's doubles coach in 2003, and took part at the Summer Olympics from 2004–2016, with his best achievements was managed to lead Ha Tae-kwon and Kim Dong-moon to win a gold medal in 2004.[2] He spent one year as the head coach of the national junior team, and then Kang was named as the head coach of the senior national team in December 2016, with his term to run from 1 January 2017 to 30 October 2018.[5] Following the Korean team's disappointing results at the 2018 Asian Games, Kang with some of Korean coaching staff were fired by the Badminton Korea Association (BKA). In September 2019, he was hired to join Chinese national team coaching staff, and made a history in China badminton as the first foreign coach on their team.[6]

Personal lifeEdit

Kang wife, Park Soo-yun, is also a former badminton player.[7]

AchievementsEdit

World ChampionshipsEdit

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1991 Brøndby Arena, Copenhagen, Denmark   Shim Eun-jung   Thomas Lund
  Pernille Dupont
7–15, 17–15, 7–15   Bronze

Asian GamesEdit

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1994 Tsuru Memorial Gymnasium, Hiroshima, Japan   Jang Hye-ock   Yoo Yong-sung
  Chung So-young
10–15, 12–15   Silver

Asian ChampionshipsEdit

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1996 Pancasila Hall, Surabaya, Indonesia   Ha Tae-kwon   Ade Sutrisna
  Candra Wijaya
8–15, 17–15, 11–15   Silver
1998 Nimibutr Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand   Ha Tae-kwon   Zhang Jun
  Zhang Wei
12–15, 15–11, 15–13   Gold

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1996 Pancasila Hall, Surabaya, Indonesia   Kim Mee-hyang   Tri Kusharjanto
  Lili Tampi
1–15, 6–15   Silver

Asian CupEdit

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1996 Olympic Gymnasium No. 2, Seoul, South Korea   Kim Mee-hyang   Park Joo-bong
  Ra Kyung-min
6–15, 8–15   Silver

East Asian GamesEdit

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1993 Shanghai, China   Kim Chul-joong   Huang Zhanzhong
  Liu Di
5–15, 15–6, 7–15   Bronze

IBF World Grand PrixEdit

The World Badminton Grand Prix sanctioned by International Badminton Federation (IBF) since 1983.

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1995 Swedish Open   Kim Dong-moon   Peter Axelsson
  Pär-Gunnar Jönsson
5–15, 9–15   Runner-up
1995 Canadian Open   Ha Tae-kwon   Kim Dong-moon
  Yoo Yong-sung
12–15, 15–6, 15–8   Winner
1995 Hong Kong Open   Ha Tae-kwon   Rudy Gunawan
  Bambang Suprianto
17–15, 12–15, 15–3   Winner
1996 Thailand Open   Ha Tae-kwon   Sigit Budiarto
  Candra Wijaya
11–15, 15–10, 12–15   Runner-up
1997 Korea Open   Ha Tae-kwon   Cheah Soon Kit
  Yap Kim Hock
4–15, 15–3, 15–5   Winner
1997 Swedish Open   Ha Tae-kwon   Peter Axelsson
  Pär-Gunnar Jönsson
15–3, 15–11   Winner
1997 All England Open   Ha Tae-kwon   Jon Holst-Christensen
  Michael Søgaard
15–11, 17–16   Winner
2001 U.S. Open   Park Young-duk   Yousuke Nakanishi
  Shinya Ohtsuka
7–0, 7–3, 7–3   Winner


Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1995 Canadian Open   Kim Mee-hyang   Kim Dong-moon
  Gil Young-ah
7–15, 8–15   Runner-up

IBF InternationalEdit

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2005 Canadian International   Han Sung-wook   Jung Sung-gyun
  Park Young-sang
15–12, 15–13   Winner

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2005 Canadian International   Ha Jung-eun   Han Sung-wook
  Joo Hyun-hee
15–12, 15–13   Winner

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Gang Gyeong-Jin". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 12 August 2020.
  2. ^ a b c "강경진 국가대표 감독과 지도자 선발". www.ibadmintonnews.com (in Korean). 3 January 2017. Retrieved 12 August 2020.
  3. ^ "BKA tournament personnel data". Badminton Korea Association. Retrieved 17 February 2020.
  4. ^ "Kang Kyung-jin". Olympedia. Retrieved 27 May 2020.
  5. ^ Choi, In-young (29 December 2016). "National Badminton Team: New Start with Kang Kyung-jin as Head Coach". Yonhap. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  6. ^ Hearn, Don (2 September 2019). "Historic change for Team China announced in Korean media". www.badzine.net. Retrieved 12 August 2020.
  7. ^ "왜 힘들게 국가대표 코치를 하냐구요? 강경진 코치 인터뷰". badmintonkorea.co.kr (in Korean). 27 April 2011. Retrieved 12 August 2020.