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Loh Kean Yew (Chinese: 骆建佑; born 26 June 1997) is a Singaporean badminton player.[2]

Loh Kean Yew
Personal information
Country Singapore
Born (1997-06-26) 26 June 1997 (age 22)
Penang, Malaysia
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Weight68 kg (150 lb)[1]
Men's singles
Highest ranking44 (25 June 2019)
Current ranking49 (16 July 2019)
BWF profile



Loh represented Singapore in the Southeast Asian Games, where he was the bronze medallists in the men's singles event in 2015 and in the men's team in 2015 and 2017.[3] He also won the Singapore International tournament in 2014 and 2017 and Malaysia International in 2017.[4][5] He competed at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.[6]

In 2019, he shocked many in the Thailand Masters where he won against China's Zhou Zeqi, Zhao Junpeng, Taiwan's Wang Tzu-wei before advancing to the semifinals. He took the semifinals against Brice Leverdez in an eventual 2-1 win. He proceeded to the finals, and was up against Chinese superstar Lin Dan. Loh managed to beat the Olympic gold medallist with a score of 21-19, 21-18 to take home the gold medal.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

Born in Penang, Malaysia, Loh is the youngest son and has three elder brothers.[8] He played badminton briefly at age seven in primary school and dropped the sport when he was bullied. He picked up badminton again at nine and within six months, he was in the Penang state team.[9] In 2010, a year after his third brother Loh Kean Hean came to Singapore, although reluctant to leave his hometown, he moved to Singapore at the age of 13 after he received the Foreign Sports Scholarship from the Singapore Badminton Association (SBA), and was educated at the Singapore Sports School.[8][10][11] His goal is to win an Olympic Gold Medal for Singapore. His brother, Loh Kean Hean is also a member of the Singapore national badminton team.[12] One of his brothers still live with their parents in Penang.


Southeast Asian GamesEdit

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2015 Singapore Indoor Stadium, Singapore   Mohamad Arif Ab Latif 20–22, 15–21   Bronze

BWF World TourEdit

The BWF World Tour, announced on 19 March 2017 and implemented in 2018,[13] is a series of elite badminton tournaments, sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF). The BWF World Tour are divided into six levels, namely World Tour Finals, Super 1000, Super 750, Super 500, Super 300 (part of the HSBC World Tour), and the BWF Tour Super 100.[14]

Men's singles

Year Tournament Level Opponent Score Result
2019 Russian Open Super 100   Shesar Hiren Rhustavito
2019 Thailand Masters Super 300   Lin Dan 21–19, 21–18   Winner

BWF International Challenge/SeriesEdit

Men's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2019 Swedish Open   Minoru Koga 11–21, 15–21   Runner-up
2018 South Australia International   Yu Igarashi 19–21, 24–22, 11–21   Runner-up
2018 Mongolia International   Andre Marteen 15–21, 21–9, 24–22   Winner
2017 Singapore International   Ryan Ng Zin Rei 21–15, 21–15   Winner
2017 Malaysia International   Cheam June Wei 21–19, 21–14   Winner
2014 Singapore International   Kantaphon Wangcharoen 19–21, 21–14, 11–1 Retired   Winner
     BWF International Challenge tournament
     BWF International Series tournament


  1. ^ a b "Athlete Profile: Loh Kean Yew". Kuala Lumpur 2017. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Players: Loh Kean Yew". Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  3. ^ "Athletes: Loh Kean Yew". Singapore Sports Council. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Badminton: Loh Kean Yew plays his own game for surprise title in Malaysia". The Straits Times. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  5. ^ "Badminton: Not in peak form but NSF Loh wins once more". The Straits Times. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  6. ^ "Participants: Kean Yew Loh". Gold Coast 2018. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  7. ^ "Badminton: Singapore's Loh Kean Yew stuns Chinese superstar Lin Dan in Thailand Masters final". Channel NewsAsia. 13 January 2019. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  8. ^ a b "直击家人教练母亲校长老师"铁门羽球"外的骆建佑". Lianhe Wanbao. 21 January 2019. Retrieved 30 January 2019 – via China Press.
  9. ^ Osman, Shamir (15 June 2015). "Local surprise package Kean Yew already assured of badminton bronze". The New Paper. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  10. ^ "KL2017: Once Malaysian, now Singaporean: Loh has no regrets switching allegiances". New Straits Times. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  11. ^ "She came to us first, insists sports school". AsiaOne. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  12. ^ "S'pore shuttler Loh Kean Yew, 17, serves notice of intent". The Straits Times. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  13. ^ "BWF Launches New Events Structure". Badminton World Federation. 29 November 2017.
  14. ^ "Action-Packed Season Ahead!". Badminton World Federation. 15 January 2018.

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