Richard Vaughan (badminton)

Richard Vaughan (born 16 April 1978) is a Welsh badminton player from Llanbradach, Caerphilly, Wales.[2] Vaughan is currently the Chief Executive of Badminton Ireland and has an MBA from Leicester University; MA Sports Development from Bath University, having previously achieved a BSc(Hons) in Economics and Politics. Vaughan married Piret Hamer (Vaughan) on 2 May 2008, in Tallinn, Estonia.

Richard Vaughan
Personal information
Country Wales
Born (1978-04-16) 16 April 1978 (age 42)
Caerphilly, Wales[1]
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight82 kg (181 lb; 12.9 st)
HandednessRight
Men's singles
Highest ranking7 [1] (2002)
Current ranking25 (5 July 2007)
Medal record
BWF profile

CareerEdit

Richard Vaughan won a bronze medal at the 2000 European Badminton Championships losing to Peter Gade (Denmark) in the semi final. He also won a bronze medal at the 2002 Commonwealth Games, beating Susilo (Singapore), and Gupta (India) on the way to the semi final where he lost to Lee (Malaysia). His highest world ranking was number 7 (2002). To date he has 107 caps representing Wales (March 2009). He manages the Richard Vaughan Badminton Academy.

Summer OlympicsEdit

Vaughan has competed twice in badminton at the Summer Olympics.

2000 Summer OlympicsEdit

Vaughan played badminton at the 2000 Summer Olympics in men's singles, beating Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand in the first round and Rasmus Wengberg of Sweden in the 2nd round, before losing to World Champion Sun Jun of China, 13-15 13-15.[2]

2004 Summer OlympicsEdit

He also competed at the 2004 Summer Olympics despite contracting a virus similar to glandular fever which seriously impaired his preparation for the Athens Olympics. In men's singles, he defeated Marco Vasconcelos of Portugal in the first round. In the round of 16, Vaughan was himself defeated by Shon Seung-Mo of Korea, the eventual Silver Medalist.[2]

Best Grand Prix ResultsEdit

  • Last 16 All England 2001, 2002, 2004, 2007
  • 1/4 Final Danish Grand Prix 2001
  • 1/4 Final Swiss Grand Prix 2002
  • 1/4 Final German Grand Prix 2002
  • Semi Final Dutch Grand Prix 2000
  • Semi Final US Grand Prix 2007
  • Final Polish Grand Prix 2000
  • Final Polish Grand Prix 2001

AchievementsEdit

European ChampionshipsEdit

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2000 Kelvin Hall, Glasgow, Scotland   Peter Gade 3–15, 4–15   Bronze

European Junior ChampionshipsEdit

Boys' singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1997 Nymburk, Czech Republic   Dicky Palyama 15–11, 11–15, 15–18   Silver

World Grand PrixEdit

The World Badminton Grand Prix sanctioned by International Badminton Federation (IBF) since 1983.

Men's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2000 Polish Open   Vladislav Druzchenko 12–15, 12–15   Runner-up
1999 Polish Open   Rio Suryana 9–15, 15–6, 12–15   Runner-up

BWF International Challenge/SeriesEdit

Men's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2006 Canadian International   Toby Honey 19–21, 13–21   Runner-up
2006 Waikato International   John Moody 21–11, 16–21, 20–22   Runner-up
2006 Victorian International   Nikhil Kanetkar 22–20, 21–13   Winner
2006 Estonian International   Kęstutis Navickas 20–22, 21–15, 11–21   Runner-up
2006 Mauritius International   Klaus Raffeiner 21–11, 21–18   Winner
2006 Kenya International   Edwin Ekiring 21–16, 21–17   Winner
2006 South Africa International     Winner
2003 Peru International   Tjitte Weistra 15–4, 15–8   Winner
2003 Giraldilla International   Sho Sasaki 15–11, 6–15, 12–15   Runner-up
2003 Guatemala International   Hidetaka Yamada 11–15, 15–10, 15–8   Winner
2002 South Africa International   Stewart Carson 7–1, 7–0, 7–0   Winner
2002 Spanish International   Dicky Palyama 4–7, 1–7, 7–5   Runner-up
2001 Bulgarian International   Andrew South 7–2, 5–7, 7–2   Winner
2000 Cuba International   Jyri Aalto 15–8, 15–6   Winner
2000 Canadian International   Jyri Aalto 12–15, 15–7, 9–15   Runner-up
2000 Welsh International   Andrew South 1–7, 7–2, 7–5   Winner
2000 Dutch International   Vladislav Druzchenko 15–10, 6–15, 11–15   Runner-up
2000 Croatian International   Jyri Aalto 15–10, 15–13   Winner
1999 Welsh International   Rasmus Wengberg 17–16, 17–14   Winner
1999 Le Volant d'Or de Toulouse   Pullela Gopichand 13–15, 15–14, 6–15   Runner-up
1999 Slovenian International   Kasper Ødum 15–4, 11–15, 15–9   Winner
1999 Chile International   Bobby Milroy 15–9, 15–5   Winner
1999 Peru International   Ardy Wiranata 15–7, 2–15, 9–15   Runner-up
1998 Argentina International   Oscar Brandon 15–1, 15–4   Winner
1998 Brazil International   Jim Ronny Andersen 15–6, 15–8   Winner
1998 Spanish International   Gerben Bruijstens 15–5, 15–1   Winner

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2009 Cyprus International   Sarah Thomas   Henry Tam
  Donna Haliday
18–21, 14–21   Runner-up
2009 Banuinvest International   Sarah Thomas   Valeriy Atrashchenkov
  Elena Prus
19–21, 12–21   Runner-up
  BWF International Challenge tournament
  BWF International Series tournament

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "PROFILE – Richard Vaughan - BEIJING OR BUST". Badzine.net. 18 March 2008. Retrieved 18 May 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "Richard Vaughan Biography and Olympic Results:Olympics at Sports-Reference.com". Sports-Reference.com website. Sports Reference LLC. 2010. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 8 April 2010.

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