Lene Køppen

Lene Køppen (born May 5, 1953) is a former badminton player from Denmark who won numerous Danish national and major international championships from the early 1970s through the early 1980s. Noted for her speed and athleticism, she and Camilla Martin are the only Danish women to win both the World (1977) and All-England (1979, 1980) singles titles. In the first IBF World Championships in 1977 she captured mixed doubles (with Steen Skovgaard) as well as women's singles to become the first of only seven players, through 2010, to win two events in the same edition of this tournament. Notably, her badminton success came as she was studying and then practising dentistry.[1] She was elected to the World Badminton Hall of Fame in 1998. She is the mother of badminton player Marie Røpke.

Lene Køppen
Personal information
Country Denmark
Born (1953-05-05) May 5, 1953 (age 68)
Singles & doubles
Highest ranking1
Current rankingRetired
Medal record
Badminton
Representing  Denmark
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1977 Malmö Women's Singles
Gold medal – first place 1977 Malmö Mixed Doubles
Bronze medal – third place 1980 Jakarta Women's Singles
Bronze medal – third place 1980 Jakarta Mixed Doubles
World Games
Bronze medal – third place 1981 Santa Clara Women's singles
Bronze medal – third place 1981 Santa Clara Mixed doubles
World Cup
Gold medal – first place 1979 Tokyo Women's singles
Gold medal – first place 1980 Kyoto Women's singles
Gold medal – first place 1982 Kuala Lumpur Women's singles
European Championships
Silver medal – second place 1972 Karlskrona Mixed team
Bronze medal – third place 1972 Karlskrona Women's Doubles
Silver medal – second place 1974 Vienna Mixed team
Silver medal – second place 1974 Vienna Women's singles
Gold medal – first place 1976 Dublin Mixed team
Silver medal – second place 1976 Dublin Women's singles
Silver medal – second place 1976 Dublin Mixed Doubles
Gold medal – first place 1978 Preston Women's singles
Silver medal – second place 1978 Preston Women's doubles
Silver medal – second place 1978 Preston Mixed team
Gold medal – first place 1980 Groningen Mixed team
Gold medal – first place 1982 Böblingen Women's singles
Bronze medal – third place 1982 Böblingen Women's Doubles
Bronze medal – third place 1982 Böblingen Mixed team
European Junior Championships
Gold medal – first place 1971 Gottwaldov Women's doubles
Bronze medal – third place 1971 Gottwaldov Mixed doubles

AchievementsEdit

World ChampionshipsEdit

Women's singles
Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1977 Malmö Isstadion, Malmö, Sweden   Gillian Gilks 12–9, 12–11   Gold
1980 Istora Senayan, Jakarta, Indonesia   Ivana Lie 11–12, 2–11   Bronze
Mixed doubles
Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1977 Malmö Isstadion, Malmö, Sweden   Steen Skovgaard   Derek Talbot
  Gillian Gilks
15–12, 18–17   Gold
1980 Istora Senayan, Jakarta, Indonesia   Steen Skovgaard   Christian Hadinata
  Imelda Wiguno
11–15, 6–15   Bronze

World CupEdit

Women's singles
Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1979 Tokyo, Japan   Hiroe Yuki 11–7, 11–6   Gold
1980 Kyoto, Japan   Hiroe Yuki 11–4, 12–10   Gold
1982 Stadium Negara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   Verawaty Fadjrin 11–2, 12–10   Gold

World GamesEdit

Women's singles
Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1981 San Jose Civic Auditorium, California, United States   Zhang Ailing 4–11, 1–11   Bronze
Mixed doubles
Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1981 San Jose Civic Auditorium, California, United States   Steen Skovgaard   Mike Tredgett
  Nora Perry
15–11, 4–15, 8–15   Bronze

European ChampionshipsEdit

Women's singles
Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1974 Vienna, Austria   Gillian Gilks 6–11, 5–11   Silver
1976 Dublin, Ireland   Gillian Gilks 6–11, 11–12   Silver
1978 Preston, England   Jane Webster   Gold
1982 Böblingen, West Germany   Karen Bridge 11–1, 11–9   Gold
Women's doubles
Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1972 Karlskrona, Sweden   Annie Bøg Jørgensen   Margaret Beck
  Julie Rickard
9–15, 7–15   Bronze
1982 Böblingen, West Germany   Anne Skovgaard   Gillian Clark
  Gillian Gilks
6–15, 2–15   Bronze
Mixed doubles
Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1976 Dublin, Ireland   Steen Skovgaard   Derek Talbot
  Gillian Gilks
15–6, 12–15, 15–17   Silver
1978 Preston, England   Steen Skovgaard   Mike Tredgett
  Nora Perry
  Silver

European Junior ChampionshipsEdit

Girls' doubles
Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1971 Gottwaldov, Czechoslovakia   Anne Berglund   Nora Gardner
  Barbara Giles
15–11, 15–7   Gold
Mixed doubles
Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1971 Gottwaldov, Czechoslovakia   Viggo Christiansen   Peter Gardner
  Barbara Giles
13–15, 14–17   Bronze

International tournamentsEdit

Women's singles
Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
1973 India Open   Eva Twedberg 11–8, 8–11, 7–11   Runner-up
1973 USSR International   Alena Poboráková 11–0, 11–1   Winner
1973 Norwegian International   Joke van Beusekom   Runner-up
1974 Swedish Open   Eva Twedberg   Winner
1974 Denmark Open   Hiroe Yuki 4–11, 12–9, 9–12   Runner-up
1975 Swedish Open   Joke van Beusekom   Winner
1975 Denmark Open   Joke van Beusekom 11–1, 11–6   Winner
1975 Jamaica International   Joke van Beusekom 11–0, 11–10   Winner
1975 Norwegian International   Joke van Beusekom   Winner
1976 German Open   Gillian Gilks   Runner-up
1976 Denmark Open   Joke van Beusekom 11–4, 11–1   Winner
1977 All England Open   Hiroe Yuki 11–7, 3–11, 7–11   Runner-up
1978 Swedish Open   Jane Webster 11–5, 11–2   Winner
1978 Denmark Open   Atsuko Tokuda 11–4, 9–11, 11–9   Winner
1979 All England Open   Saori Kondo 13–9, 1–11, 11–8   Winner
1979 Swedish Open   Agnethe Juul 11–3, 11–1   Winner
1979 English Masters   Gillian Gilks 12–10, 11–4   Winner
1979 Dutch Open   Gillian Gilks 10–12, 9–12   Runner-up
1979 Denmark Open   Hiroe Yuki 11–8, 7–11, 11–2   Winner
1980 All England Open   Verawaty Fadjrin 11–2, 11–6   Winner
1980 English Masters   Yoshiko Yonekura 11–5, 11–8   Winner
1980 Taiwan Masters   Jane Webster   Winner
1981 All England Open   Hwang Sun-ai 1–11, 2–11   Runner-up
1981 English Masters   Zhang Ailing 6–11, 12–11, 6–11   Runner-up
1981 Dutch Open   Jane Webster 11–3, 11–3   Winner
1981 Scandinavian Cup   Zhang Ailing 11–6, 12–11   Winner
1981 Denmark Open   Saori Kondo 11–1, 11–2   Winner
Women's doubles
Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1973 India Open   Anne Berglund   Eva Twedberg
  Joke van Beusekom
1–15, 9–15   Runner-up
1973 USSR International   Karin Lindquist   Tatiana Antropova
  Tatiana Kochetkova
15–10, 15–3   Winner
1973 Norwegian International   Pernille Kaagaard   Joanna Flockhart
  Fraser Gow
  Winner
1975 Denmark Open   Inge Bergstrøm   Theresia Widiastuti
  Imelda Wiguno
15–3, 3–15, 15–10   Runner-up
1975 Jamaica International   Joke van Beusekom   Lesley Harris
  Barbara Welch
15–4, 15–12   Winner
1975 Norwegian International   Inge Bergstrøm   Anette Börjesson
  Joke van Beusekom
  Winner
1976 Denmark Open   Inge Bergstrøm   Marjan Luesken
  Joke van Beusekom
12–15, 11–15   Runner-up
1979 Swedish Open   Joke van Beusekom   Nora Perry
  Anne Skovgaard
15–10, 15–10   Winner
1980 Taiwan Masters   Kirsten Larsen   Nora Perry
  Jane Webster
  Runner-up
Mixed doubles
Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1973 USSR International   Elo Hansen   Roland Maywald
  Tatiana Antropova
15–9, 6–15, 15–5   Winner
1975 Jamaica International   Elo Hansen   Lucio Fabris
  Barbara Welch
15–10, 13–18, 15–3   Winner
1976 Swedish Open   Steen Skovgaard   Winner
1976 German Open   Steen Skovgaard   Mike Tredgett
  Nora Gardner
  Runner-up
1976 Denmark Open   Steen Skovgaard   David Eddy
  Barbara Giles
15–8, 15–4   Winner
1977 Denmark Open   Steen Skovgaard   David Eddy
  Barbara Giles
15–12, 15–8   Winner
1978 All England Open   Steen Skovgaard   Mike Tredgett
  Nora Perry
7–11, 4–11   Runner-up
1978 Swedish Open   Steen Skovgaard   Mike Tredgett
  Nora Perry
2–15, 9–15   Runner-up
1978 Denmark Open   Steen Skovgaard   Mike Tredgett
  Nora Perry
15–9, 15–11   Winner
1979 Swedish Open   Steen Skovgaard   Mike Tredgett
  Nora Perry
15–12, 17–18, 16–18   Runner-up
1979 Denmark Open   Steen Skovgaard   Ray Stevens
  Nora Perry
12–15, 15–11, 13–15   Runner-up
1980 Denmark Open   Steen Skovgaard   Mike Tredgett
  Nora Perry
11–15, 8–15   Runner-up
1981 English Masters   Morten Frost   Mike Tredgett
  Nora Perry
5–15, 6–15   Runner-up

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Pat Davis, The Guinness Book of Badminton (Enfield, Middlesex, England: Guinness Superlatives Ltd., 1983) 155.

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