Ra Kyung-min

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
Personal information
Country South Korea
Born (1976-11-25) 25 November 1976 (age 44)
Hongcheon-gun, Gangwon Province, South Korea[1]
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Weight65 kg (143 lb)[1]
HandednessRight
Women's & mixed doubles
Highest ranking1 (WD with Chung Jae-hee 2002)[2]
BWF profile
Ra Kyung-min
Hangul
나경민
Hanja
羅景民
Revised RomanizationNa Gyeongmin
McCune–ReischauerRa Kyŏngmin

CareerEdit

Ra made her debut at the Olympic Games in Atlanta 1996. She played in the women's singles and mixed doubles event. In the singles, she was defeated by Huang Chia-chi of Chinese Taipei in the first round with the score of 6–11, 7–11. In the mixed doubles, she competed with her senior Park Joo-bong, reaching in to the final round and settled for the silver medal after beaten by their compatriot Kim Dong-moon and Gil Young-ah in rubber games, 15–13, 4–15, and 12–15.

Ra made her second appearance at the Olympic Games in Sydney 2000. Competed as the third seed in the women's doubles with Chung Jae-hee, they lost in the semi final match against Huang Nanyan and Yang Wei of China, and again lost to another Chinese pair in the bronze medal match Gao Ling and Qin Yiyuan. In the mixed doubles, she competed as second seed with Kim Dong-moon, reaching in to the quarter final round, defeated by Zhang Jun and Gao Ling.

Ra competed for Korea in 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 Mia Audina and Lotte Bruil of the Netherlands 15–5, 15–2. They lost the semifinal to Yang Wei and Zhang Jiewen of China 6–15, 4–15, but won the bronze medal match against Wei Yili and Zhao Tingting, also of China, 10–15, 15–9, 15–7. She 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 14–17, 8–15.

Ra was inducted into the Badminton Hall of Fame in 2009.

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.[3]

AchievementsEdit

Olympic GamesEdit

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2004 Goudi Olympic Hall, Athens, Greece   Lee Kyung-won   Wei Yili
  Zhao Tingting
10–15, 15–9, 15–7   Bronze

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1996 GSU Sports Arena, Atlanta, United States   Park Joo-bong   Kim Dong-moon
  Gil Young-ah
15–13, 4–15, 12–15   Silver

World ChampionshipsEdit

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1999 Brøndby Arena, Copenhagen, Denmark   Chung Jae-hee   Ge Fei
  Gu Jun
4–15, 5–15   Silver
2001 Palacio de Deportes de San Pablo, Seville, Spain   Lee Kyung-won   Wei Yili
  Zhang Jiewen
11–15, 3–15   Bronze

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1999 Brøndby Arena, Copenhagen, Denmark   Kim Dong-moon   Simon Archer
  Joanne Goode
15–10, 15–13   Gold
2001 Palacio de Deportes de San Pablo, Seville, Spain   Kim Dong-moon   Zhang Jun
  Gao Ling
10–15, 15–12, 16–17   Silver
2003 National Indoor Arena, Birmingham, United Kingdom   Kim Dong-moon   Zhang Jun
  Gao Ling
15–7, 15–8   Gold

Asian GamesEdit

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1998 Thammasat Gymnasium 2, Bangkok, Thailand   Chung Jae-hee   Ge Fei
  Gu Jun
11–15, 9–15   Bronze
2002 Gangseo Gymnasium, Busan, South Korea   Lee Kyung-won   Gao Ling
  Huang Sui
11–8, 11–7   Gold

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1998 Thammasat Gymnasium 2, Bangkok, Thailand   Kim Dong-moon   Lee Dong-soo
  Yim Kyung-jin
15–6, 15–8   Gold
2002 Gangseo Gymnasium, Busan, South Korea   Kim Dong-moon   Khunakorn Sudhisodhi
  Saralee Thungthongkam
11–4, 11–0   Gold

Asian ChampionshipsEdit

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1992 Cheras Indoor Stadium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   Zhou Lei 12–10, 8–11, 5–11   Bronze

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1999 Kuala Lumpur Badminton Stadium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   Chung Jae-hee   Ge Fei
  Gu Jun
8–15, 10–15   Silver
2003 Tennis Indoor Gelora Bung Karno, Jakarta, Indonesia   Lee Kyung-won   Hwang Yu-mi
  Lee Hyo-jung
15–9, 15–7   Gold

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1998 Nimibutr Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand   Kim Dong-moon   Sun Jun
  Ge Fei
15–7, 15–8   Gold
1999 Kuala Lumpur Badminton Stadium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   Kim Dong-moon   Liu Yong
  Ge Fei
15–7, 15–13   Gold
2001 PhilSports Arena, Manila, Philippines   Kim Dong-moon   Bambang Suprianto
  Minarti Timur
11–15, 15–4, 15–3   Gold
2004 Kuala Lumpur Badminton Stadium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   Kim Dong-moon   Sudket Prapakamol
  Saralee Thungthongkam
15–10, 17–16   Gold

Asian CupEdit

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1996 Olympic Gymnasium No. 2, Seoul, South Korea   Park Joo-bong   Kang Kyung-jin
  Kim Mee-hyang
15–6, 15–8   Gold

IBF World Grand PrixEdit

The World Badminton Grand Prix sanctioned by International Badminton Federation (IBF) from 1983 to 2006.

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
1994 Singapore Open   Yuliani Sentosa 12–9, 11–5   Winner
1995 Canadian Open   Bang Soo-hyun 0–11, 7–11   Runner-up
1995 Thailand Open   Lim Xiaoqing 4–11, 0–11   Runner-up
1996 Swedish Open   Zhang Ning 11–6, 2–11, 4–11   Runner-up
1997 Swedish Open   Gong Zhichao 4–11, 4–11   Runner-up
2001 U.S. Open   Mette Sørensen 6–8, 7–4, 7–3, 7–2   Winner

Women's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1997 Hong Kong Open   Chung Jae-hee   Liu Lu
  Qian Hong
15–7, 15–12   Winner
1998 Swedish Open   Jang Hye-ock   Huang Nanyan
  Liu Zhong
15–12, 15–9   Winner
1998 All England Open   Jang Hye-ock   Ge Fei
  Gu Jun
7–15, 7–15   Runner-up
1999 Swedish Open   Chung Jae-hee   Huang Sui
  Lu Ying
15–6, 15–11   Winner
1999 All England Open   Chung Jae-hee   Huang Sui
  Lu Ying
15–6, 15–8   Winner
1999 World Grand Prix Finals   Chung Jae-hee   Ge Fei
  Gu Jun
2–15, 4–15   Runner-up
2000 Korea Open   Chung Jae-hee   Huang Nanyan
  Yang Wei
15–6, 8–15, 15–5   Winner
2000 Chinese Taipei Open   Chung Jae-hee   Helene Kirkegaard
  Rikke Olsen
15–9, 15–7   Winner
2000 All England Open   Chung Jae-hee   Ge Fei
  Gu Jun
5–15, 3–15   Runner-up
2001 Korea Open   Kim Kyeung-ran   Huang Nanyan
  Yang Wei
13–15, 10–15   Runner-up
2001 Swiss Open   Lee Kyung-won   Helene Kirkegaard
  Rikke Olsen
7–3, 8–6, 2–7, 7–4   Winner
2001 U.S. Open   Kim Kyeung-ran   Pernille Harder
  Majken Vange
7–1, 7–0, 7–3   Winner
2002 Swiss Open   Lee Kyung-won   Gail Emms
  Lotte Jonathans
7–1, 7–1, 7–1   Winner
2002 Japan Open   Lee Kyung-won   Gao Ling
  Huang Sui
7–5, 1–7, 7–2, 6–8, 7–1   Winner
2003 Korea Open   Lee Kyung-won   Ann-Lou Jørgensen
  Rikke Olsen
11–5, 11–5   Winner
2003 Dutch Open   Lee Kyung-won   Hwang Yu-mi
  Lee Hyo-jung
15–4, 15–9   Winner
2003 German Open   Lee Kyung-won   Yang Wei
  Zhang Jiewen
15–6, 15–17, 15–8   Winner
2003 Chinese Taipei Open   Lee Kyung-won   Hwang Yu-mi
  Lee Hyo-jung
15–9, 15–8   Winner
2004 Korea Open   Lee Kyung-won   Yang Wei
  Zhang Jiewen
8–15, 15–9, 6–15   Runner-up
2004 Japan Open   Lee Kyung-won   Wei Yili
  Zhao Tingting
15–6, 5–15, 15–1   Winner

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1995 Thailand Open   Park Joo-bong   Nikolai Zuyev
  Marina Yakusheva
15–1, 15–4   Winner
1996 Japan Open   Park Joo-bong   Kim Dong-moon
  Gil Young-ah
15–7, 15–1   Winner
1996 Korea Open   Park Joo-bong   Simon Archer
  Julie Bradbury
15–9, 15–11   Winner
1996 Swedish Open   Park Joo-bong   Chen Xingdong
  Peng Xinyong
15–4, 15–6   Winner
1996 All England Open   Park Joo-bong   Simon Archer
  Julie Bradbury
15–10, 15–10   Winner
1997 U.S. Open   Kim Dong-moon   Bambang Suprianto
  Rosalina Riseu
15–1, 15–3   Winner
1997 Hong Kong Open   Kim Dong-moon   Ha Tae-kwon
  Chung Jae-hee
15–12, 15–3   Winner
1997 China Open   Kim Dong-moon   Liu Yong
  Ge Fei
15–10, 15–6   Winner
1998 Japan Open   Kim Dong-moon   Jens Eriksen
  Marlene Thomsen
15–12, 15–9   Winner
1998 Swedish Open   Kim Dong-moon   Chen Gang
  Tang Yongshu
15–3, 15–3   Winner
1998 All England Open   Kim Dong-moon   Michael Søgaard
  Rikke Olsen
15–2, 11–15, 15–5   Winner
1998 World Grand Prix Finals   Kim Dong-moon   Simon Archer
  Joanne Goode
15–6, 15–9   Winner
1999 Korea Open   Kim Dong-moon   Liu Yong
  Ge Fei
15–6, 15–8   Winner
1999 Swedish Open   Kim Dong-moon   Ha Tae-kwon
  Chung Jae-hee
15–1, 15–4   Winner
1999 Singapore Open   Kim Dong-moon   Michael Søgaard
  Rikke Olsen
15–4, 15–8   Winner
1999 World Grand Prix Finals   Kim Dong-moon   Tri Kusharjanto
  Minarti Timur
15–5, 15–7   Winner
2000 Korea Open   Kim Dong-moon   Tri Kusharjanto
  Minarti Timur
15–13, 15–3   Winner
2000 All England Open   Kim Dong-moon   Liu Yong
  Ge Fei
15–10, 15–2   Winner
2000 Swiss Open   Kim Dong-moon   Zhang Jun
  Gao Ling
15–8, 15–9   Winner
2000 Malaysia Open   Kim Dong-moon   Tri Kusharjanto
  Minarti Timur
15–7, 15–8   Winner
2001 Korea Open   Kim Dong-moon   Zhang Jun
  Gao Ling
15–8, 15–11   Winner
2001 Hong Kong Open   Kim Dong-moon   Khunakorn Sudhisodhi
  Saralee Thungthongkam
3–7, 7–0, 7–2, 7–2   Winner
2002 All England Open   Kim Dong-moon   Jens Eriksen
  Mette Schjoldager
7–3, 7–3, 7–0   Winner
2002 Swiss Open   Kim Dong-moon   Jonas Rasmussen
  Jane F. Bramsen
7–3, 7–5, 1–7, 7–4   Winner
2002 Korea Open   Kim Dong-moon   Michael Søgaard
  Rikke Olsen
7–1, 7–3, 7–5   Winner
2002 Japan Open   Kim Dong-moon   Nova Widianto
  Vita Marissa
7–3, 7–2, 7–2   Winner
2002 Singapore Open   Kim Dong-moon   Nathan Robertson
  Gail Emms
11–2, 13–10   Winner
2003 Korea Open   Kim Dong-moon   Kim Yong-hyun
  Lee Hyo-jung
11–5, 11–4   Winner
2003 Singapore Open   Kim Dong-moon   Zheng Bo
  Zhang Jiewen
15–5, 15–9   Winner
2003 Indonesia Open   Kim Dong-moon   Zhang Jun
  Gao Ling
10–15, 15–11, 15–6   Winner
2003 Malaysia Open   Kim Dong-moon   Nathan Robertson
  Gail Emms
15–6, 15–5   Winner
2003 Dutch Open   Kim Dong-moon   Kim Yong-hyun
  Lee Hyo-jung
15–4, 15–2   Winner
2003 Denmark Open   Kim Dong-moon   Kim Yong-hyun
  Lee Hyo-jung
17–16, 15–10   Winner
2003 German Open   Kim Dong-moon   Zhang Jun
  Gao Ling
15–12, 11–15, 15–8   Winner
2003 Hong Kong Open   Kim Dong-moon   Zhang Jun
  Gao Ling
15–7, 15–10   Winner
2003 Chinese Taipei Open   Kim Dong-moon   Nova Widianto
  Vita Marissa
15–7, 15–5   Winner
2004 Swiss Open   Kim Dong-moon   Zhang Jun
  Gao Ling
15–2, 15–8   Winner
2004 All England Open   Kim Dong-moon   Kim Yong-hyun
  Lee Hyo-jung
15–8, 17–15   Winner
2004 Korea Open   Kim Dong-moon   Kim Yong-hyun
  Lee Hyo-jung
15–5, 15–11   Winner

IBF InternationalEdit

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
1991 Hungarian International   Park Soo-yun 0–11, 4–11   Runner-up
1992 Wimbledon Open   Fiona Smith 2–11, 11–8, 4–11   Runner-up

Women's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1991 Hungarian International   Choi Ma-ree   Kim Shin-young
  Park Soo-yun
9–15, 6–15   Runner-up
1999 Australian International   Lee Hyo-jung   Chung Jae-hee
  Yim Kyung-jin
17–16, 6–15, 15–3   Winner
2005 Canadian International   Jun Woul-sik   Ha Jung-eun
  Oh Seul-ki
15–5, 15–9   Winner

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1991 Hungarian International   Hwang Sun-ho   Kim Young-gil
  Park Soo-yun
3–15, 12–15   Runner-up

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Na Gyeong-Min". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 13 August 2020.
  2. ^ "나경민-정재희조, 세계 배드민턴 여복 1위" (in Korean). JoongAng Ilbo. Retrieved 14 March 2018.
  3. ^ 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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