Rudy Gunawan

Rudy Gunawan (Chinese: 郭宏源; born 31 December 1966) is a former Indonesian badminton player who played between 1980s and 1990s. He is arguably one of the best doubles players ever to play for Indonesia. Rudy Gunawan won various international championships, both in the men's doubles and mixed doubles events. He has paired up with players such as Eddy Hartono, Rosiana Tendean, Bambang Suprianto, and Ricky Subagja. He was on the Thomas Cup team of Indonesia five times (1988, 1990, 1992, 1994, and 1996) but only won gold in 1994 and 1996. In addition, he helped strengthen the Indonesian team in the race for 1989 Sudirman Cup.

Rudy Gunawan
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Personal information
Birth nameGunawan[1]
CountryIndonesia
Born (1966-12-31) 31 December 1966 (age 54)
Surakarta, Central Java, Indonesia
ResidenceOrange County, California, United States[1]
Height6 ft 2 in (1.905 m)
HandednessRight
CoachRudy Hartono, Christian Hadinata
Men's & mixed doubles
Highest ranking1 (1995)
BWF profile

Rudy twice competed in the Summer Olympics. In the 1992 Olympics, Rudy and Eddy won a silver medal following the defeat in the final match to South Korean pair Park Joo-bong and Kim Moon-soo. In the 1996 Olympics, Rudy and Bambang pair lost in the round of 16.

CareerEdit

Rudy Gunawan was member of world champion Indonesian Thomas Cup (men's international) teams in 1994 and 1996, winning his final round match on both occasions. He won men's doubles at the 1993 IBF World Championships in Birmingham, England with Ricky Subagja. However, he shared most of his international men's doubles titles with two other fellow countrymen, Eddy Hartono and Bambang Suprianto. These included the prestigious All-England title in 1992 and 1994, the World Badminton Grand Prix in 1990 and 1993, the Southeast Asian Games in 1991; as well as the Indonesia (1989, 1992, 1995), Dutch (1989, 1991), Singapore (1990), Thailand (1991, 1993), China (1993), Chinese Taipei (1994), and U.S. (1995) Opens. Gunawan was a silver medalist at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona with Eddy Hartono. He also shared a number international mixed doubles titles, including victories at the Indonesia (1990, 1993), Hong Kong (1993), Polish (1993) Opens and World Cup for 3 years running (1990 - 1991).

AchievementsEdit

Olympic GamesEdit

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1992 Pavelló de la Mar Bella, Barcelona, Spain   Eddy Hartono   Kim Moon-soo
  Park Joo-bong
11–15, 7–15   Silver

World ChampionshipsEdit

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1989 Senayan Sports Complex, Jakarta, Indonesia   Eddy Hartono   Chen Hongyong
  Chen Kang
11–15, 7–15   Bronze
1993 National Indoor Arena, Birmingham, England   Ricky Subagja   Cheah Soon Kit
  Soo Beng Kiang
15–11, 15–3   Gold

World CupEdit

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1988 National Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand   Eddy Hartono   Li Yongbo
  Tian Bingyi
15–8, 5–15, 11–15   Bronze
1989 Guangzhou Gymnasium, Guangzhou, China   Eddy Hartono   Li Yongbo
  Tian Bingyi
4–15, 5–15   Bronze
1990 Istora Senayan, Jakarta, Indonesia   Eddy Hartono   Jalani Sidek
  Razif Sidek
17–14, 8–15, 7–15   Silver
1994 Phan Dinh Phung Indoor Stadium,
Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
  Bambang Suprianto   Cheah Soon Kit
  Soo Beng Kiang
13–18, 15–2, 16–17   Silver

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1990 Istora Senayan, Jakarta, Indonesia   Rosiana Tendean   Jan Paulsen
  Gillian Gowers
11–15, 15–9, 15–3   Gold
1991 Macau Forum, Macau   Rosiana Tendean   Thomas Lund
  Pernille Dupont
15–10, 15–9   Gold
1992 Guangzhou Gymnasium, Guangzhou, China   Rosiana Tendean   Jan Paulsen
  Gillian Gowers
17–15, 15–9   Gold

Asian GamesEdit

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1990 Beijing Gymnasium, Beijing, China   Eddy Hartono   Kim Moon-soo
  Park Joo-bong
10–15, 8–15   Bronze

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1990 Beijing Gymnasium, Beijing, China   Rosiana Tendean   Park Joo-bong
  Chung Myung-hee
9–15, 4–15   Bronze
1994 Tsuru Memorial Gymnasium, Hiroshima, Japan   Eliza Nathanael   Yoo Yong-sung
  Chung So-young
7–15, 6–15   Bronze

Asian CupEdit

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1995 Xinxing Gymnasium, Qingdao, China   Bambang Suprianto   Cheah Soon Kit
  Yap Kim Hock
6–15, 14–17   Bronze

Southeast Asian GamesEdit

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1989 Stadium Negara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   Eddy Hartono   Jalani Sidek
  Razif Sidek
15–11, 15–12   Gold
1991 Camp Crame Gymnasium, Manila, Philippines   Eddy Hartono   Jalani Sidek
  Razif Sidek
15–11, 15–6   Gold
1993 Singapore Badminton Hall, Singapore   Denny Kantono   Cheah Soon Kit
  Soo Beng Kiang
2–15, 15–12, 14–17   Bronze

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1993 Singapore Badminton Hall, Singapore   Eliza Nathanael   Denny Kantono
  Minarti Timur
15–6, 18–15   Gold

IBF World Grand PrixEdit

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

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1987 Dutch Open   Bambang Subagio   Mark Christiansen
  Stefan Karlsson
8–15, 2–15   Runner-up
1988 Dutch Open   Eddy Hartono   Michael Kjeldsen
  Jens Peter Nierhoff
12–15, 15–7, 4–15   Runner-up
1988 World Grand Prix Finals   Eddy Hartono   Jalani Sidek
  Razif Sidek
15–10, 6–15, 8–15   Runner-up
1989 All England Open   Eddy Hartono   Lee Sang-bok
  Park Joo-bong
8–15, 7–15   Runner-up
1989 Dutch Open   Eddy Hartono   Jan Paulsen
  Henrik Svarrer
15–11, 15–2   Winner
1989 Indonesia Open   Eddy Hartono   Jalani Sidek
  Razif Sidek
15–9, 15–7   Winner
1990 Singapore Open   Eddy Hartono   Li Yongbo
  Tian Bingyi
15–4, 15–8   Winner
1990 World Grand Prix Finals   Eddy Hartono   Cheah Soon Kit
  Soo Beng Kiang
15–6, 15–8   Winner
1991 Indonesia Open   Eddy Hartono   Kim Moon-soo
  Park Joo-bong
15–18, 13–15   Runner-up
1991 Dutch Open   Eddy Hartono   Jan Paulsen
  Henrik Svarrer
15–2, 15–11   Winner
1991 German Open   Eddy Hartono   Jon Holst-Christensen
  Thomas Lund
15–9, 15–11   Winner
1991 Thailand Open   Eddy Hartono   Cheah Soon Kit
  Soo Beng Kiang
15–3, 15–11   Winner
1992 All England Open   Eddy Hartono   Jan Paulsen
  Henrik Svarrer
15–10, 15–12   Winner
1992 Indonesia Open   Eddy Hartono   Rexy Mainaky
  Ricky Subagja
15–12, 15–5   Winner
1992 German Open   Bambang Suprianto   Jon Holst-Christensen
  Thomas Lund
6–15, 15–2, 9–15   Runner-up
1993 Thailand Open   Bambang Suprianto   Imay Hendra
  Dicky Purwotjugiono
15–5, 15–7   Winner
1993 Japan Open   Bambang Suprianto   Chen Hongyong
  Chen Kang
  Runner-up
1993 China Open   Bambang Suprianto   Chen Hongyong
  Chen Kang
15–12, 15–12   Winner
1993 World Grand Prix Finals   Bambang Suprianto   Rexy Mainaky
  Ricky Subagja
11–15, 15–10, 15–9   Winner
1994 Chinese Taipei Open   Bambang Suprianto   Jens Eriksen
  Christian Jakobsen
15–1, 15–8   Winner
1994 All England Open   Bambang Suprianto   Rexy Mainaky
  Ricky Subagja
15–12, 15–12   Winner
1994 Indonesia Open   Bambang Suprianto   Rexy Mainaky
  Ricky Subagja
15–10, 4–15, 15–18   Runner-up
1994 Hong Kong Open   Bambang Suprianto   Rexy Mainaky
  Ricky Subagja
12–15, 17–14, 7–15   Runner-up
1994 World Grand Prix Finals   Bambang Suprianto   Rexy Mainaky
  Ricky Subagja
10–15, 7–15   Runner-up
1995 Japan Open   Bambang Suprianto   Rexy Mainaky
  Ricky Subagja
8–15, 9–15   Runner-up
1995 Indonesia Open   Bambang Suprianto   Antonius Ariantho
  Denny Kantono
15–12, 15–9   Winner
1995 U.S. Open   Bambang Suprianto   Huang Zhanzhong
  Jiang Xin
15–3, 15–10   Winner
1995 Hong Kong Open   Bambang Suprianto   Ha Tae-kwon
  Kang Kyung-jin
15–17, 15–12, 3–15   Runner-up
1995 World Grand Prix Finals   Bambang Suprianto   Cheah Soon Kit
  Yap Kim Hock
18–13, 2–15, 12–15   Runner-up
1996 Japan Open   Bambang Suprianto   Rexy Mainaky
  Ricky Subagja
8–15, 15–12, 12–15   Runner-up

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1988 Denmark Open   Lilik Sudarwati   Jesper Knudsen
  Nettie Nielsen
7–15, 4–15   Runner-up
1989 Dutch Open   Rosiana Tendean   Eddy Hartono
  Verawaty Fadjrin
5–15, 5–15   Runner-up
1989 German Open   Rosiana Tendean   Jan Paulsen
  Gillian Gowers
16–18, 8–15   Runner-up
1989 Indonesia Open   Rosiana Tendean   Eddy Hartono
  Verawaty Fadjrin
7–15, 2–15   Runner-up
1990 Indonesia Open   Rosiana Tendean   Aryono Miranat
  Erma Sulistianingsih
15–5, 11–15, 15–4   Winner
1993 French Open   Rosiana Tendean   Aryono Miranat
  Eliza Nathanael
7–15, 12–15   Runner-up
1993 Indonesia Open   Rosiana Tendean   Paulus Firman
  S. Herawati
15–7, 15–3   Winner
1993 Hong Kong Open   Rosiana Tendean   Aryono Miranat
  Rosalina Riseu
15–12, 15–6   Winner
  IBF Grand Prix tournament
  IBF Grand Prix Finals tournament

IBF InternationalEdit

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1989 Konica Cup   Eddy Hartono   Jalani Sidek
  Razif Sidek
12–15, 8–15   Runner-up

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1993 Polish International   Rosiana Tendean   Paulus Firman
  S. Herawati
15–8, 15–3   Winner

After badmintonEdit

Gunawan retired from competitive badminton following the 1996 season, and turned to Christian ministry work in Indonesian villages. In 1999, he went to California for study and received a B.A. degree in theology from Promise Christian University. He is currently serving as a senior pastor in both the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas. Although he has retired from the Indonesian badminton team, he has not retired from the sport. As of 2014, he currently is a coach at the Orange County Badminton Club located in Orange County, California and is also a coach of the USA national badminton team. Not only does he coach, but he is also a professional player again making a comeback into professional badminton with partner Ryan Chew. As of 2015 he currently ranked 132 in men's doubles.

FamilyEdit

Gunawan married to Febijane N. Lumingkewas on 11 December 1992 and have 5 children; 4 boys and 1 girl.

His grandma Fifi Young was an Indonesian actress of mixed French and Chinese and grandpa Njoo Cheong Seng was a Chinese-Indonesian playwright and film director.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Di Amerika, Gunawan Bertemu "Manusia Ular"". Kompas (in Indonesian). 27 August 2013. Retrieved 29 August 2020.

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