Misha Zilberman (Hebrew: מישה זילברמן; born 30 January 1989) is an Israeli badminton player. He competed for Israel at the 2012 and the 2016 Summer Olympics, and also represented Israel at the 2015 and 2019 European Games.
|Born||30 January 1989|
|Residence||Ness Ziona, Israel|
|Height||1.71 m (5 ft 7 1⁄2 in)|
|Weight||62 kg (137 lb)|
|Coach||Svetlana & Michael Zilberman|
|Career record||247 Win, 210 Loss|
|Highest ranking||39 (9 July 2019)|
|Current ranking||45 (1 October 2019)|
Early and personal lifeEdit
Zilberman was born in Moscow, Russia. He is an only child of his father, Michael, and his mother, Svetlana. His father was born in Russia in 1945, and made aliyah to Israel in 1991, with his wife and son Misha, and worked in Pardes Hannah and then in Rishon LeZion. Svetlana was born in Belarus. She began playing badminton at the age of 12, which is how she met Michael, who was her coach.
Both his parents come from athletic backgrounds. Zilberman was a member of the Soviet national floor gymnastics team until he retired as the result of an injury. He then became an assistant coach to the Soviet national team in badminton. Svetlana plays professional badminton. Her greatest accomplishment was winning a bronze medal in the 1986 European Badminton Championships for the USSR.
When he was still a baby Zilberman used to join his mother at her badminton practice, and with time he began playing himself. At the age of 12 he began his serious daily training. He began to compete in junior badminton tournaments in 2003. His club is Kfar Maccabiah. He is coached by both his parents, as his mother coaches him, and his father is head coach of Israel's national badminton team.
Zilberman won the senior Israeli Badminton Championship when he was 16 years old, in 2004. In 2006 and 2009 he played mixed doubles with his mother at the Badminton World Championships, as the Championships' first mother-son mixed doubles team.
In 2011, Zilberman competed for six months for Odense in the professional league in Denmark. In April 2012 he reached the finals of the Tahiti Air Nui International, improving his world ranking by 14 places. In 2012, he won the Israeli Badminton Championship in both singles and mixed doubles (with his mother). In May 2012 he was ranked # 64 internationally.
Zilberman competed for Israel at the 2012 Summer Olympics, the first appearance by an Israeli badminton player in the Olympics. Ranked 33rd in the Olympic rankings in singles, he came in 33rd in the Games.
In July 2013 Zilberman won two gold medals at the 2013 Maccabiah Games, one in singles, one in mixed doubles with his mother. In May 2015, he competed in mixed doubles with his mother, who was 56 years old, at the Dongguan, China – 2015 Vivo BWF Sudirman Cup.
He competed for Israel at the 2016 Summer Olympics in badminton. Zilberman garnered Israel's first-ever win in Olympic badminton, beating Yuhan Tan of Belgium 22-20 and 22-12, but went 1-1 in his group and did not advance to the next round. Misha ranked 26 at the Olympic rankings in singles, he came in 14th at the Olympic Games.
|2019||Falcon Club, Minsk, Belarus||Anders Antonsen||9–21, 11–21||Bronze|
BWF International Challenge/SeriesEdit
|2017||Zambia International||Svetlana Zilberman|| Jonathan Persson
Kate Foo Kune
|2017||Ethiopia International||Svetlana Zilberman|| Sifeddine Larbaoui
|2017||Lagos International||Svetlana Zilberman|| Duarte Nuno Anjo
|20–22, 21–16, 21–7||Winner|
|2016||Suriname International||Svetlana Zilberman|| Alistair Espinoza
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- Singles' recap before Last 16