Punch Gunalan

Datuk Punch Gunalan PSD KMN BSD (4 February 1944 – 15 August 2012)[1][2] was a Malaysian badminton star, who achieved success in both singles and doubles competitions.

Punch Gunalan
Personal information
Country Malaysia
Born(1944-02-04)4 February 1944
Sepang, Selangor, Japanese Malaya (now Malaysia)
Died15 August 2012(2012-08-15) (aged 68)
Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
HandednessRight
EventMen's Singles & Men's Doubles

Badminton careerEdit

Gunalan was a talented right-hander who spent what might have been some of the best years of his playing career competing only sporadically as a student in England.

In early 70s, Gunalan and his partner, Ng Boon Bee became the leading men's doubles team in the world.[3] They captured gold at the biennial Asian Games (1970), at the quadrennial Commonwealth Games (1970), and at the Asian Championships (1969). They captured the venerable All England title in 1971.

Though perhaps less consistent in singles than he was in doubles, Gunalan was capable of playing it at the highest level. He reached the All-England singles final in 1974, losing in three close games to the iconic Rudy Hartono.[4] He also helped Malaysia to reach the Thomas Cup final in 1970. He is the only Malaysian to capture gold medals in both men's singles and men's doubles at the Sea Games, the Commonwealth Games, and the Asian Games.[5]

Post-retirementEdit

After retiring as a player in 1974 Gunalan served in various stints as coach of the Malaysian team, an official in the Malaysian Badminton Association and as an official in the International Badminton Federation (now Badminton World Federation). In 1992, as team manager of the Thomas Cup together with Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) president Tan Sri Elyas Omar, Malaysia won the Thomas Cup beating Indonesian.[6]

AchievementsEdit

Olympic Games (demonstration)Edit

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1972 Olympiapark, Munich, West Germany   Ng Boon Bee   Ade Chandra
  Christian Hadinata
4–15, 15–2, 11–15   Silver

Asian GamesEdit

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1970 Indoor Stadium Huamark, Bangkok, Thailand   Muljadi 4–15, 15–3, 15–12   Gold

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1970 Indoor Stadium Huamark, Bangkok, Thailand   Ng Boon Bee   Junji Honma
  Shoichi Toganoo
5–15, 15–8, 15–7   Gold

Asian ChampionshipsEdit

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1969 Rizal Stadium, Manila, Philippines   Muljadi 11–15, 3–15   Silver

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1969 Rizal Stadium, Manila, Philippines   Ng Boon Bee   Ippei Kojima
  Yukinori Hori
15–8, 5–15, 15–11   Gold

Southeast Asian Peninsular GamesEdit

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1969 Yangon, Myanmar   Yew Cheng Hoe   Thongchai Phongful
  Singha Siribanterng
  Gold
1971 Stadium Negara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   Ng Boon Bee   Ng Tat Wai
  Ho Khim Kooi
  Gold
1973 Singapore, Singapore   Dominic Soong   Sangob Rattanusorn
  Bandid Jaiyen
10–15, 15–18   Silver

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1969 Yangon, Myanmar   Soon Akayapisud   Gold
1971 Stadium Negara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   Tan Aik Huang 12–15, 11–15   Silver
1973 Singapore, Singapore   Tan Aik Mong 15–8, 15–11   Gold

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1973 Singapore, Singapore   Sylvia Ng   Yeo Ah Seng

  Tan Chor Kiang

15–5, 15–6   Bronze

Commonwealth GamesEdit

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1970 Edinburgh, Scotland   Ng Boon Bee   Ng Tat Wai
  Tan Soon Hoi
15–3, 15–3   Gold
1974 Christchurch, New Zealand   Dominic Soong   Bob McCoig
  Fraser Gow
17–18, 15–5, 15–7   Bronze

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1974 Christchurch, New Zealand   Jamie Paulson 15–1, 15–6   Gold

International tournamentsEdit

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1966 Dutch Open   Oon Chong Hau   Knud Aage Nielsen
  Elo Hansen
15–4, 15–4   Winner
1968 Northern Indian   Tan Yee Khan   Rudy Hartono
  Indratno
15–3, 6–15, 7–15   Runner-up
1969 Singapore Pesta   Ng Boon Bee   Indratno
  Mintarja
15–5, 15–5   Winner
1969 U.S. Open   Ng Boon Bee   Ippei Kojima
  Channarong Ratanaseangsuang
15–3, 15–7   Winner
1971 Poona Open   Ng Boon Bee   Lee Kok Pheng
  Lim Shook Kong
15–4, 15–5   Winner
1971 German Open   Ng Boon Bee   Roland Maywald
  Willi Braun
15–12, 15–8   Winner
1971 Denmark Open   Ng Boon Bee   Rudy Hartono
  Indra Gunawan
11–15, 15–4, 15–8   Winner
1971 All England   Ng Boon Bee   Rudy Hartono
  Indra Gunawan
15–5, 15–3   Winner
1971 Canada Open   Ng Boon Bee   Raphi Kanchanaraphi
  Channarong Ratanaseangsuang
15–0, 15–11   Winner
1971 U.S. Open   Ng Boon Bee   Don Paup
  Jim Poole
2–15, 18–13, 15–7   Winner
1972 Denmark Open   Ng Boon Bee   Sangob Rattanusorn
  Bandid Jaiyen
15–6, 15–6   Winner
1972 German Open   Ng Boon Bee   Derek Talbot
  Elliot Stuart
15–9, 15–12   Winner
1972 Singapore Open   Ng Boon Bee   Tan Aik Huang
  Tan Aik Mong
11–15, retired   Runner-up
1974 Scottish Open   Tom Bacher   Mike Tredgett
  Ray Stevens
  Winner

Men's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
1974 All England   Rudy Hartono 15–8, 9–15, 10–15   Runner-up

HonoursEdit

Honours of MalaysiaEdit

DeathEdit

Gunalan died on 15 August 2012 after suffering from a critical illness. He was 68.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Datuk Punch Gunalan". National Archives of Malaysia. Archived from the original on 2 October 2018. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
  2. ^ "Datuk Punch Gunalan". National Archives of Malaysia. Archived from the original on 2 October 2018. Retrieved 2 October 2018. (in Malay)
  3. ^ "Boon Bee recalls the joy of his partnership with Punch - Other Sports | The Star Online". www.thestar.com.my. Retrieved 16 January 2017.
  4. ^ "Hartono remembers Malaysian great as an uncompromising competitor - Other Sports | The Star Online". www.thestar.com.my. Retrieved 16 January 2017.
  5. ^ "Punch Gunalan answers your 10 questions - Business News | The Star Online". www.thestar.com.my. Retrieved 16 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Razif: 1992 Thomas Cup winning team had all-round depth - Community | The Star Online". www.thestar.com.my. Retrieved 16 January 2017.
  7. ^ "Semakan Penerima Darjah Kebesaran, Bintang dan Pingat".
  8. ^ "Punch Gunalan passes away". Retrieved 15 August 2012.