|Born||4 February 1944|
Sepang, Selangor, Japanese Malaya (now Malaysia)
|Died||15 August 2012 (aged 68)|
Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
|Event||Men's Singles & Men's Doubles|
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. 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. 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.
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.
Olympic Games (demonstration)Edit
|1972||Olympiapark, Munich, West Germany||Ng Boon Bee|| Ade Chandra
|4–15, 15–2, 11–15||Silver|
|1970||Indoor Stadium Huamark, Bangkok, Thailand||Muljadi||4–15, 15–3, 15–12||Gold|
|1970||Indoor Stadium Huamark, Bangkok, Thailand||Ng Boon Bee|| Junji Honma
|5–15, 15–8, 15–7||Gold|
|1969||Rizal Stadium, Manila, Philippines||Muljadi||11–15, 3–15||Silver|
|1969||Rizal Stadium, Manila, Philippines||Ng Boon Bee|| Ippei Kojima
|15–8, 5–15, 15–11||Gold|
Southeast Asian Peninsular GamesEdit
|1969||Yangon, Myanmar||Yew Cheng Hoe|| Thongchai Phongful
|1971||Stadium Negara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia||Ng Boon Bee|| Ng Tat Wai
Ho Khim Kooi
|1973||Singapore, Singapore||Dominic Soong|| Sangob Rattanusorn
|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|
|1973||Singapore, Singapore||Sylvia Ng||Yeo Ah Seng||15–5, 15–6||Bronze|
|1970||Edinburgh, Scotland||Ng Boon Bee|| Ng Tat Wai
Tan Soon Hoi
|1974||Christchurch, New Zealand||Dominic Soong|| Bob McCoig
|17–18, 15–5, 15–7||Bronze|
|1974||Christchurch, New Zealand||Jamie Paulson||15–1, 15–6||Gold|
|1966||Dutch Open||Oon Chong Hau|| Knud Aage Nielsen
|1968||Northern Indian||Tan Yee Khan|| Rudy Hartono
|15–3, 6–15, 7–15||Runner-up|
|1969||Singapore Pesta||Ng Boon Bee|| Indratno
|1969||U.S. Open||Ng Boon Bee|| Ippei Kojima
|1971||Poona Open||Ng Boon Bee|| Lee Kok Pheng
Lim Shook Kong
|1971||German Open||Ng Boon Bee|| Roland Maywald
|1971||Denmark Open||Ng Boon Bee|| Rudy Hartono
|11–15, 15–4, 15–8||Winner|
|1971||All England||Ng Boon Bee|| Rudy Hartono
|1971||Canada Open||Ng Boon Bee|| Raphi Kanchanaraphi
|1971||U.S. Open||Ng Boon Bee|| Don Paup
|2–15, 18–13, 15–7||Winner|
|1972||Denmark Open||Ng Boon Bee|| Sangob Rattanusorn
|1972||German Open||Ng Boon Bee|| Derek Talbot
|1972||Singapore Open||Ng Boon Bee|| Tan Aik Huang
Tan Aik Mong
|1974||Scottish Open||Tom Bacher|| Mike Tredgett
|1974||All England||Rudy Hartono||15–8, 9–15, 10–15||Runner-up|
Honours of MalaysiaEdit
Gunalan died on 15 August 2012 after suffering from a critical illness. He was 68.
- "Datuk Punch Gunalan". National Archives of Malaysia. Archived from the original on 2 October 2018. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
- "Datuk Punch Gunalan". National Archives of Malaysia. Archived from the original on 2 October 2018. Retrieved 2 October 2018. (in Malay)
- "Boon Bee recalls the joy of his partnership with Punch - Other Sports | The Star Online". www.thestar.com.my. Retrieved 16 January 2017.
- "Hartono remembers Malaysian great as an uncompromising competitor - Other Sports | The Star Online". www.thestar.com.my. Retrieved 16 January 2017.
- "Punch Gunalan answers your 10 questions - Business News | The Star Online". www.thestar.com.my. Retrieved 16 January 2017.
- "Razif: 1992 Thomas Cup winning team had all-round depth - Community | The Star Online". www.thestar.com.my. Retrieved 16 January 2017.
- "Semakan Penerima Darjah Kebesaran, Bintang dan Pingat".
- "Punch Gunalan passes away". Retrieved 15 August 2012.