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Ra Kyung-min (Korean라경민; Hanja羅景民; born 25 November 1976) is a badminton player from South Korea. Ra was a dominating mixed doubles team with her partner Kim Dong-moon from the late 1990s to early 2000s, resulting in a 70-match winning streak and 14 consecutive titles in international tournaments.

Ra Kyung-min
Medal record
Women's badminton
Representing  South Korea
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 1996 Atlanta Mixed Doubles
Bronze medal – third place 2004 Athens Doubles
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1999 Copenhagen Mixed doubles
Gold medal – first place 2003 Birmingham Mixed doubles
Silver medal – second place 1999 Copenhagen Doubles
Silver medal – second place 2001 Seville Mixed doubles
Bronze medal – third place 2001 Seville Doubles
Sudirman Cup
Gold medal – first place 2003 Eindhoven Mixed team
Bronze medal – third place 2005 Beijing Mixed team
Asian Games
Gold medal – first place 1998 Bangkok Mixed doubles
Gold medal – first place 2002 Busan Mixed doubles
Gold medal – first place 2002 Busan Doubles
Gold medal – first place 2002 Busan Team
Ra Kyung-min
Hangul
나경민
Hanja
羅景民
Revised RomanizationNa Gyeongmin
McCune–ReischauerRa Kyŏngmin

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CareerEdit

Born in Seoul, Ra competed for Korea in badminton at the 2004 Summer Olympics in women's doubles with partner Lee Kyung-won. They had a bye in the first round and defeated Pernille Harder and Mette Schjoldager of Denmark in the second. In the quarterfinals, Ra and Lee beat Lotte Bruil and Mia Audina of the Netherlands 15-5, 15-2. They lost the semifinal to Zhang Jiewen and Yang Wei of China 15-6, 15-4 but won the bronze medal match against Zhao Tingting and Wei Yili, also of China, 10-15, 15-9, 15-7.

Ra also competed in mixed doubles with partner Kim Dong-moon. They had a bye in the first round and defeated Chris Bruil and Lotte Bruil of the Netherlands in the second. In the quarterfinals, Ra and Kim lost to Jonas Rasmussen and Rikke Olsen of Denmark 17-14, 15-8.

RecordEdit

Ra Kyung-min holds the world record for shortest badminton international match that last for just six minutes defeating Julia Mann of England in women’s singles during the 1996 Uber Cup with 11-2, 11-1.

Personal lifeEdit

She married her mixed doubles partner Kim on 25 December 2005, and they went to Canada to study. There they had a son named Kim Han-wool in July 2007, and a daughter named Kim Han-bi in 2008. She retired when she got pregnant in February 2007, and made a comeback in September 2009.[1]

TitlesEdit

SinglesEdit

Outcome Event Year Venue Opponent in the final Score in the final
Asian Championships
3 Singles 1992   Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
International Tournaments
1 Singles 1994   Singapore Open   Yuliani Sentosa 12-9, 11-5
2 Singles 1995   Canadian Open   Bang Soo-hyun 0-11, 7-11
3 Singles 1994   Grand Prix Finals
3 Singles 1994   Malaysia Open
3 Singles 1994   Swedish Open
3 Singles 1993   Hong Kong Open
3 Singles 1993   Thailand Open

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 배드민턴 라경민, 2년 만에 현역 복귀 [Ra Kyung-min comebacks]. 일간스포츠 [=Sports Daily] (in Korean). 20 August 2009. Retrieved 6 December 2009.

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