Sho Sasaki (佐々木 翔, Sasaki Shō, born 30 June 1982) is a Japanese badminton player from Tonami Transportation badminton team. He competed at the 2012 London and 2016 Rio Olympics. He also competed in four Asian Games from 2002 to 2014.
|Born||30 June 1982|
|Height||1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Weight||75 kg (165 lb)|
|Highest ranking||6 (3 November 2011)|
In 2007 he won the Japanese National Championships in men's singles, and 7 international tournaments: the Bahrain Satellite Badminton Tournament, the Banuinvest International Championships, the Osaka International Challenge, the Israel International, the Mauritius International, the Victorian International and the Italian International. At the 2012 Summer Olympics, he reached the quarter-finals of the men's singles, losing to Lin Dan. In 2016, he did not advance to the knock-out stage after placing second in the group stage. He beat Petr Koukal of the Czech Republic, but was defeated by Rajiv Ouseph of Great Britain.
In 2017, he announced his retirement from the international badminton event. He ranked as high as No.6 in his career.
In May 2012 he received the People's Honour Award from Hokuto City, and in 2013, received a Sports Award at the Toyama Shinbun Culture, Performing Arts and Sports Awards Ceremony.
|2012||Gimcheon Indoor Stadium, Gimcheon, South Korea||Lin Dan||21–14, 9–21, 15–21||Silver|
|2009||Suwon Indoor Stadium, Suwon, South Korea||Bao Chunlai||20–22, 10–21||Bronze|
BWF Grand PrixEdit
|2011||Vietnam Open||Nguyen Tien Minh||13–21, 17–21||Runner-up|
|2011||U.S. Open||Nguyen Tien Minh||21–17, 21–18||Winner|
|2011||Australian Open||Wong Choong Hann||21–11, 12–21. 21–19||Winner|
|2010||Dutch Open||Ajay Jayaram||21–16, 21–19||Winner|
|2008||German Open||Lee Hyun-il||20–22, 5–21||Runner-up|
BWF International Challenge/SeriesEdit
|2010||Osaka International||Kazushi Yamada||21–14, 21–17||Winner|
|2007||Italian International||Andrew Dabeka||21–6, 16–21, 21–17||Winner|
|2007||Victorian International||Yousuke Nakanishi||21–10, 21–9||Winner|
|2007||Mauritius International||Niels Christian Kaldau||21–10, 21–13||Winner|
|2007||Hatzor International||Petr Koukal||21–15, 21–16||Winner|
|2007||Osaka International||Shoji Sato||19–21, 21–14, 21–19||Winner|
|2007||Banuinvest International||Andre Kurniawan Tedjono||21–8, 21–12||Winner|
|2007||Bahrain Satellite||Pablo Abián||21–10, 21–11||Winner|
|2003||Slovak International||Hidetaka Yamada||15–10, 15–13||Winner|
|2003||Giraldilla International||Richard Vaughan||11–15, 15–6, 15–12||Winner|
|2002||Nigeria International||Shoji Sato||15–7, 15–10||Winner|
|2001||Ten Days of Dawn||Shoji Sato|| Afshin Bozorgzadeh
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- "Sasaki Sho". Wayback Machine. Archived from the original on 11 July 2015. Retrieved 20 June 2017.
- "佐々木 翔/ Sho Sasaki" (in Japanese). TMONY Japan Corporation. Retrieved 20 June 2017.
- "Olympics badminton: Lin Dan reaches singles semi-finals". BBC. Retrieved 20 June 2017.
- "バド五輪代表、ロンドン８強の佐々木と初出場８人" (in Japanese). Nikkan Sports. Retrieved 20 June 2017.
- "【バドミントン】賭博・桃田抹消で出場の佐々木、惜しくも敗退…男子シングルス" (in Japanese). Sports Hochi. Retrieved 20 June 2017.
- "Sasaki says sayonara". Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 20 June 2017.