Ricky Subagja (born 27 January 1971) is a former Indonesian badminton player. He was rated among the greatest doubles specialists in the sport's history.

Ricky Subagja
Personal information
Birth nameRicky Achmad Soebagdja
Country Indonesia
Born (1971-01-27) 27 January 1971 (age 48)
Bandung, West Java, Indonesia
Height1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
HandednessRight
Men's doubles
Highest ranking1
Political partyDemokrat
Spouse(s)
Elsa Manora Nasution
(m. 2000; div. 2006)

Novani Citra Kresna
(m. 2010; div. 2017)

CareerEdit

In 1993 the fast moving, faster hitting Subagja won men's doubles at the then biennial IBF World Championships in Birmingham, England with fellow countryman Rudy Gunawan. However, Subagja's regular partner for most the 90s was another fellow countryman, the equally fast and hard-hitting Rexy Mainaky, and they formed the most successful team of the decade. Subagja and Mainaky won more than thirty international titles together, including all of badminton's major championships at least once. They captured Olympic gold at Atlanta in 1996, the IBF World Championships in 1995 at Lausanne, Switzerland (a repeat title for Subagja), and the prestigious All-England Championships back to back in 1995 and 1996. A partial listing of their other titles includes the open championships of the five strongest nations in men's badminton: China (1992), Indonesia (1993, 1994, 1998, 1999), Malaysia (1993, 1994, 1997), South Korea (1995, 1996), and Denmark (1998); as well as the World Badminton Grand Prix (1992, 1994, 1996), the Badminton World Cup (1993, 1995, 1997), and the quadrennial Asian Games (1994, 1998).

Subagja and Mainaky were bronze medalists at the 1997 IBF World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. They were eliminated in the quarterfinals at both the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona and the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. They paired together on Indonesian Thomas Cup (men's international) teams that won consecutive world team titles in 1994, 1996, and 1998.

AchievementsEdit

Olympic GamesEdit

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1996 GSU Sports Arena, Atlanta, United States   Rexy Mainaky   Yap Kim Hock
  Cheah Soon Kit
5–15, 15–13, 15–12   Gold

World ChampionshipsEdit

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1997 Scotstoun Centre, Glasgow, Scotland   Rexy Mainaky   Yap Kim Hock
  Cheah Soon Kit
9–15, 15–2, 12–15   Bronze
1995 Malley Sports Centre, Lausanne, Switzerland   Rexy Mainaky   Jon Holst-Christensen
  Thomas Lund
15–5, 15–2   Gold
1993 National Indoor Arena, Birmingham, England   Rudy Gunawan   Cheah Soon Kit
  Soo Beng Kiang
15–11, 15–3   Gold

World CupEdit

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1997 Yogyakarta, Indonesia   Rexy Mainaky   Lee Dong-soo
  Yoo Yong-sung
15–1, 10–15, 15–3   Gold
1995 Jakarta, Indonesia   Rexy Mainaky   Sakrapee Thongsari
  Pramote Teerawiwatana
15–4, 15–9   Gold
1993 New Delhi, India   Rexy Mainaky   Chen Kang
  Chen Hongyong
15–7, 12–15, 15–9   Gold
1992 Guangzhou, China   Rexy Mainaky   Cheah Soon Kit
  Soo Beng Kiang
10–15, 11–15   Silver

Asian GamesEdit

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1998 Thammasat Gymnasium 2, Bangkok, Thailand   Rexy Mainaky   Pramote Teerawiwatana
  Siripong Siripool
15–5, 15–10   Gold
1994 Tsuru Memorial Gymnasium, Hiroshima, Japan   Rexy Mainaky   Cheah Soon Kit
  Soo Beng Kiang
15–10, 15–2   Gold

Asian ChampionshipsEdit

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1991 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   Rexy Mainaky   Chen Kang
  Chen Hongyong
11–15, 15–12, 14–17   Bronze

Asian CupEdit

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1994 Beijing, China   Rexy Mainaky   Cheah Soon Kit
  Soo Beng Kiang
15–8, 15–7   Gold
1991 Jakarta, Indonesia   Rexy Mainaky   Cheah Soon Kit
  Soo Beng Kiang
  Silver

Southeast Asian GamesEdit

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1997 Asia-Africa hall, Gelora Bung Karno Sports Complex,
Jakarta, Indonesia
  Rexy Mainaky   Sigit Budiarto
  Candra Wijaya
4–15, 17–14, 11–15   Silver
1995 Gymnasium 3, 700th Anniversary Sport Complex,
Chiang Mai, Thailand
  Rexy Mainaky   Yap Kim Hock
  Cheah Soon Kit
13–15, 9–15   Silver
1993 Singapore Badminton Hall,
Singapore
  Rexy Mainaky   Cheah Soon Kit
  Soo Beng Kiang
7–15, 15–11, 7–15   Silver
1991 Manila, Philippines   Rexy Mainaky   Jalani Sidek
  Razif Sidek
6–15, 15–12, 6–15   Bronze

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1991 Manila, Philippines   Rosiana Tendean   Rexy Mainaky
  Erma Sulistianingsih
15–6, 15–13   Gold

IBF World Grand PrixEdit

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

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2000 Korea Open   Rexy Mainaky   Lee Dong-soo
  Yoo Yong-sung
8–15, 15–9, 4–15   Runner-up
1999 Indonesia Open   Rexy Mainaky   Tony Gunawan
  Candra Wijaya
15–12, 15–8   Winner
1998 Indonesia Open   Rexy Mainaky   Flandy Limpele
  Eng Hian
15–5, 15–4   Winner
1998 Denmark Open   Rexy Mainaky   Flandy Limpele
  Eng Hian
15–11, 15–6   Winner
1998 Singapore Open   Rexy Mainaky   Sigit Budiarto
  Candra Wijaya
5–15, 5–15   Runner-up
1997 Vietnam Open   Rexy Mainaky   Lee Dong-soo
  Yoo Yong-sung
15–11, 15–5   Winner
1997 Malaysia Open   Rexy Mainaky   Antonius Ariantho
  Denny Kantono
17–15, 15–12   Winner
1997 Japan Open   Rexy Mainaky   Antonius Ariantho
  Denny Kantono
15–11, 7–15, 15–7   Winner
1996 Grand Prix Finals   Rexy Mainaky   Yap Kim Hock
  Cheah Soon Kit
15–4, 15–9   Winner
1996 China Open   Rexy Mainaky   Sigit Budiarto
  Candra Wijaya
12–15, 5–15   Runner-up
1996 All England Open   Rexy Mainaky   Yap Kim Hock
  Cheah Soon Kit
15–6, 15–5   Winner
1996 Korea Open   Rexy Mainaky   Yap Kim Hock
  Cheah Soon Kit
15–5, 17–14   Winner
1996 Japan Open   Rexy Mainaky   Rudy Gunawan
  Bambang Suprianto
15–8, 12–15, 15–12   Winner
1995 Singapore Open   Rexy Mainaky   Antonius Ariantho
  Denny Kantono
15–7, 18–16   Winner
1995 All England Open   Rexy Mainaky   Antonius Ariantho
  Denny Kantono
15–12, 15–18, 15–8   Winner
1995 Japan Open   Rexy Mainaky   Rudy Gunawan
  Bambang Suprianto
15–8, 15–9   Winner
1995 Korea Open   Rexy Mainaky   Jon Holst-Christensen
  Thomas Lund
15–6, 11–15, 15–7   Winner
1994 Grand Prix Finals   Rexy Mainaky   Rudy Gunawan
  Bambang Suprianto
15–10, 15–7   Winner
1994 Hong Kong Open   Rexy Mainaky   Rudy Gunawan
  Bambang Suprianto
15–12, 14–17, 15–7   Winner
1994 Indonesia Open   Rexy Mainaky   Rudy Gunawan
  Bambang Suprianto
10–15, 15–4, 18–17   Winner
1994 Singapore Open   Rexy Mainaky   Jon Holst-Christensen
  Thomas Lund
15–6, 15–8   Winner
1994 Malaysia Open   Rexy Mainaky   Sakrapee Thongsari
  Pramote Teerawiwatana
15–5, 18–16   Winner
1994 All England Open   Rexy Mainaky   Rudy Gunawan
  Bambang Suprianto
12–15, 12–15   Runner-up
1994 Swedish Open   Rexy Mainaky   Peter Axelsson
  Pär-Gunnar Jönsson
15–11, 15–12   Winner
1994 Korea Open   Denny Kantono   Peter Axelsson
  Pär-Gunnar Jönsson
14–17, 7–15   Runner-up
1994 Japan Open   Denny Kantono   Sakrapee Thongsari
  Pramote Teerawiwatana
15–11, 12–15, 18–16   Winner
1993 Grand Prix Finals   Rexy Mainaky   Rudy Gunawan
  Bambang Suprianto
15–11, 10–15, 9–15   Runner-up
1993 German Open   Rexy Mainaky   Jon Holst-Christensen
  Thomas Lund
14–17, 12–15   Runner-up
1993 Indonesia Open   Rexy Mainaky   Eddy Hartono
  Richard Mainaky
15–13 15–10   Winner
1993 Malaysia Open   Rexy Mainaky   Cheah Soon Kit
  Soo Beng Kiang
15–7, 15–5   Winner
1993 Swedish Open   Rexy Mainaky   Peter Axelsson
  Pär-Gunnar Jönsson
15–12, 15–10   Winner
1992 Grand Prix Finals   Rexy Mainaky   Cheah Soon Kit
  Soo Beng Kiang
15–11, 15–6   Winner
1992 Thailand Open   Rexy Mainaky   Huang Zhanzhong
  Zheng Yumin
15–9, 12–15, 15–11   Winner
1992 Hong Kong Open   Rexy Mainaky   Huang Zhanzhong
  Zheng Yumin
15–13, 15–10   Winner
1992 China Open   Rexy Mainaky   Razif Sidek
  Jalani Sidek
17–15, 15–11   Winner
1992 Indonesia Open   Rexy Mainaky   Eddy Hartono
  Rudy Gunawan
12–15, 5–15   Runner-up
1991 U.S. Open   Rexy Mainaky   Razif Sidek
  Jalani Sidek
13–18, 15–13, 3–15   Runner-up
1990 Dutch Open   Bagus Setiadi   Jon Holst-Christensen
  Thomas Lund
10–15, 4–15   Runner-up

IBF InternationalEdit

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1992 French Open   Rexy Mainaky   Li Yongbo
  Tian Bingyi
16–18, 12–15   Runner-up
1991 Canadian Open   Rexy Mainaky   Razif Sidek
  Jalani Sidek
11–15, 12–15   Runner-up
1991 Polish International   Rexy Mainaky   Rudy Gunawan
  Dicky Purwotjugiono
15–12, 15–1   Winner

ReferencesEdit

  • Smash – Ricky Subagja
  • Profile in Koni
  • Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Ricky Subagja". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC.