Rudy Hartono

Rudy Hartono Kurniawan (born Nio Hap Liang (Chinese: 梁海量; pinyin: Liáng Hǎiliàng);[2] 18 August 1949) is a former Indonesian badminton star who won the men's singles title at the prestigious All-England Championship eight times,[3] seven times consecutively (1968–1974)[4] and at World Championship in 1980 on his only attempt at this title. He is one of the most famous players in the history of the sport and is considered to be one of the greatest badminton players of all time.

Rudy Hartono Kurniawan
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Personal information
Birth nameNio Hap Liang
Country Indonesia
Born (1949-08-18) 18 August 1949 (age 70)
Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia[1]
Height1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
EventMen's singles

Personal lifeEdit

Hartono was born on 18 August 1949 as Nio Hap Liang in Surabaya, the third of eight children. His sister Jeanne Utama Dewi is a five-time national champion and former Indonesia Uber Cup team member. The young Hartono embraced many types of sports – athletics, volleyball, football, and even roller skating – but his athletic path soon led him towards badminton.[2] Rudy married Jane Anwar in 1976 and they have two children.

Badminton careerEdit

Hartono joined the National Training Center in 1965 in order to help his national team in the upcoming Thomas Cup. As a member of the 1966-1967 Thomas Cup squad, he won all of his matches, but Indonesia was beaten by Malaysia in a highly controversial final in which play was suspended due to the unruly crowd.

A year later, at his first try at the All England Championships, the 18-year-old Indonesian became the youngest ever champion of the tournament, beating Tan Aik Huang from Malaysia who had been the winner two years earlier. From then on, Hartono dominated the event like very few had before, winning eight titles in all, from 1968 to 1976. His eight titles at the All England earned Hartono a mention in the Guinness Book of Records.

Hartono defeated Svend Pri in the finals of the 1972 Munich Games in which badminton was presented as a demonstration sport.[5] Hartono was active in Thomas Cup competition and played for his country at the event from 1967 to 1982. 1970,[6] 1973,[7] The 1976, and 1979 Thomas Cup were resounding successes for Hartono and his team, with Indonesia sweeping four straight titles.


Rudy became involved with the Indonesian Badminton Association (PBSI), holding different positions such as Chairman of Development Affairs until 2006. He is currently a member of PBSI’s Board of Honour. Hartono also played an active role within the Badminton World Federation (BWF). He was a member of the Council in 1985-1986, and later from 1994 to 2009. Hartono’s image and reputation led the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to appoint him as a Goodwill Ambassador for Indonesia.


Olympic GamesEdit

Men's Singles

1972 Summer Olympics – Men's Singles
Round Opponent Score Result
First Round   Jamie Paulson [8] 15–12, 14–18, 15–3 Win
Semifinals   Sture Johnsson [4] 15–2, 15–4 Win
Final   Svend Pri [3] 15–6, 15–1   Gold

IBF World ChampionshipsEdit

Men's Singles

1980 IBF World Championships – Men's Singles
Round Opponent Score Result
First round - - Bye
Second round   Jalani Sidek 15–9, 15–2 Win
Third round   Chris Kinard 15–7, 15–3 Win
Quarterfinal   Ray Stevens 15–1, 15–3 Win
Semifinal   Hadiyanto 15–6, 15–8 Win
Final   Liem Swie King 15–9, 15–9   Gold

Men's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
1968 All England   Tan Aik Huang 15–12, 15–9   Champion
1969 All England   Darmadi 15–1, 15–3   Champion
1969 US Open   Muljadi 15–9, 15–12   Champion
1969 Canadian Open   Sture Johnsson 15–11, 15–1   Champion
1969 Singapore Open   Champion
1970 All England   Svend Pri 15–7, 15–1   Champion
1971 All England   Muljadi 15–1, 15–5   Champion
1971 Canadian Open   Ippei Kojima 15–4, 15–7   Champion
1971 Denmark Open   Ippei Kojima 14–18, 15–14, 15–11   Champion
1971 US Open   Muljadi 8–15, 9–15   Runner-up
1972 All England   Svend Pri 15–9, 15–4   Champion
1973 All England   Christian Hadinata 15–4, 15–2   Champion
1973 Denmark Open   Flemming Delfs   Champion
1974 All England   Punch Gunalan 8–15, 15–9, 15–10   Champion
1975 All England   Svend Pri 11–15, 14–17   Runner-up
1975 Denmark Open   Svend Pri 12–15, 15–0, 15–7   Champion
1976 All England   Liem Swie King 15–7, 15–7   Champion
1978 All England   Liem Swie King 10–15, 3–15   Runner-up
1980 English Masters   Liem Swie King 11–15, 3–15   Runner-up
1980 Swedish Open   Prakash Padukone 15–9, 12–15, 1–15   Runner-up
1981 Japan Open   Lius Pongoh 15–9, 15–8   Champion

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1969 Singapore Open   Indratno   Champion
1971 Denmark Open   Indra Gunawan   Ng Boon Bee
  Punch Gunalan
15–11, 4–15, 8–15   Runner-up



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