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Petr Koukal (Czech pronunciation: [ˈpɛtr̩ ˈkou̯kal]; born December 14, 1985) is a Czech professional badminton player.

Petr Koukal
Petr Koukal 2015.JPG
Personal information
Country  Czech Republic
Born (1985-12-14) December 14, 1985 (age 31)
Hořovice
Men's singles
Highest ranking 38 (23 Sep 2010)
Current ranking 87 (17 Nov 2016)
BWF profile

Contents

BiographyEdit

In 2010, he was diagnosed with testicular cancer and underwent a successful therapy.

In July 2012, Czech Olympic Committee announced selection of Koukal for flag bearer of Czech team at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, citing him as an example of sport role in recovery from a grave illness and of return to competition at top level.[1][2]

In 2016 Petr Koukal was awarded as the secondary recipient of the Hanno R. Ellenbogen Citizenship Award for his commitment and help to men with testical cancer through his foundation. Since May 2016, his spouse is Czech biathlete Gabriela Soukalová.

AchievementsEdit

BWF Grand PrixEdit

The BWF Grand Prix has two levels: Grand Prix and Grand Prix Gold. It is a series of badminton tournaments, sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) since 2007.

Men's Singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2014 U.S. Grand Prix   Hsu Jen-hao 19–21, 21–19, 8–21   Runner-up
     BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament
     BWF Grand Prix tournament

BWF International Challenge/SeriesEdit

Men's Singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2011 Czech International   Przemyslaw Wacha 19–21, 16–21   Runner-up
2011 Slovak Open   Hubert Paczek 21–11, 21–15   Winner
2007 Iceland International   Marco Vasconcelos 21–17, 21–16   Winner
2007 Turkey International   Hans-Kristian Vittinghus 21–23, 15–21   Runner-up
2007 Le Volant d'Or de Toulouse   Przemyslaw Wacha 13–21, 17–21   Runner-up
2007 Hatzor International   Sho Sasaki 15–21, 16–21   Runner-up
2006 Le Volant d'Or de Toulouse   Ville Lång 18–21, 15–21   Runner-up
2004 Lithuanian International   Rafal Hawel 15–3, 13–15, 4–15   Runner-up

Mixed Doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2004 Lithuanian International   Martina Benešová   Stanislav Kohoutek
  Akvilė Stapušaitytė
15–3, 15–13   Winner
     BWF International Challenge tournament
     BWF International Series tournament

OtherEdit

  • 2006 - Spanish International: Men's singles (quarter final)
  • 2006 - Austrian International: Men's singles (quarter final)
  • 2006 - Austrian International: Mixed doubles (quarter final)
  • 2005 - Hungarian International: Men's singles (semi final)
  • 2005 - Babolat Slovak International: Men's singles (semi final)
  • 2005 - Babolat Slovak International: Mixed doubles (semi final)
  • 2003 - Slovenia International: Mixed doubles (quarter final)
  • 2003 - Slovak International: Mixed doubles (quarter final)
  • 2003 - Czech International: Mixed doubles (quarter final)
  • 2003 - Sofiisk Imoti JSC Bulgarian International: Mixed doubles (semi final)
  • 2002 - Slovak International: Mixed doubles (quarter final)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Michal Osoba (2012-07-03). "Odtajněno: českou vlajku v Londýně ponese badmintonista Koukal". Právo (in Czech). Retrieved 2012-07-03. 
  2. ^ "Badmintonista Koukal porazil rakovinu a bude vlajkonošem olympijské výpravy". Czech Olympic Committee (in Czech). 2012-07-03. Retrieved 2012-07-03. 

External linksEdit

Olympic Games
Preceded by
Štěpánka Hilgertová
Flagbearer for   Czech Republic
London 2012
Succeeded by
Lukáš Krpálek