Simon Archer

Simon David Archer MBE (born 27 June 1973) is an English former badminton player. Archer once held the world record for the fastest smash at 162 mph.[1]

Simon Archer
MBE
Personal information
Nickname(s)Buzzard
Birth nameSimon David Archer
CountryEngland
Born (1973-06-27) 27 June 1973 (age 48)
Worcester, Worcestershire, England
HandednessRight
Men's & mixed doubles
Highest ranking1
Medal record
Men's badminton
Representing  Great Britain
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 2000 Sydney Mixed doubles
Representing  England
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 1999 Copenhagen Mixed doubles
Bronze medal – third place 1999 Copenhagen Men's doubles
Commonwealth Games
Gold medal – first place 1994 Victoria Mixed team
Gold medal – first place 1998 Kuala Lumpur Mixed doubles
Gold medal – first place 2002 Manchester Mixed doubles
Gold medal – first place 2002 Manchester Mixed team
Silver medal – second place 1994 Victoria Men's doubles
Silver medal – second place 1994 Victoria Mixed doubles
Silver medal – second place 2006 Melbourne Mixed team
Bronze medal – third place 1998 Kuala Lumpur Men's doubles
Bronze medal – third place 1998 Kuala Lumpur Men's team
Bronze medal – third place 2002 Manchester Men's doubles
European Championships
Gold medal – first place 1994 Den Bosch Men's doubles
Gold medal – first place 1998 Sofia Men's doubles
Silver medal – second place 1996 Herning Mixed doubles
Bronze medal – third place 1996 Herning Men's doubles
Bronze medal – third place 1998 Sofia Mixed doubles
Bronze medal – third place 2000 Glasgow Men's doubles
European Mixed Team Championships
Silver medal – second place 1998 Sofia Mixed team
Silver medal – second place 2000 Glasgow Mixed team
Silver medal – second place 2002 Malmö Mixed team
Bronze medal – third place 1994 Den Bosch Mixed team
Bronze medal – third place 1996 Herning Mixed team
Bronze medal – third place 2006 Den Bosch Mixed team
European Junior Championships
Bronze medal – third place 1991 Budapest Boys' singles
Bronze medal – third place 1991 Budapest Mixed doubles
BWF profile

CareerEdit

Summer OlympicsEdit

Archer competed in badminton at the 1996 Summer Olympics in doubles, with Chris Hunt. They were knocked out in the quarterfinals. In 2000 he coupled with Nathan Robertson, but they too lost in the quarterfinals, this time to Tony Gunawan and Candra Wijaya of Indonesia. However, Archer also competed in mixed doubles with Joanne Goode and won a bronze medal.

Commonwealth GamesEdit

He represented England and won double silver in the mixed doubles and men's doubles event and was a member of the mixed team that won the gold medal, at the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria, Canada.[2][3][4]

Archer and Goode won gold medals twice at the Commonwealth Games in 1998 and 2002. Archer also won bronze medals in men's doubles in both these Games, together with Chris Hunt and James Anderson respectively.

RetirementEdit

In August 2006 Archer announced, that he will no longer compete on international level.[5] However he still plays county badminton for Worcestershire and has had an offer to play for a club in Germany.

Personal lifeEdit

Archer was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2004 Queen's Birthday Honours.[6][7]

AchievementsEdit

Olympic GamesEdit

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2000 The Dome, Sydney, Australia   Joanne Goode   Michael Søgaard
  Rikke Olsen
15–4, 12–15, 17–14   Bronze

World ChampionshipsEdit

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1999 Brøndby Arena, Copenhagen, Denmark   Nathan Robertson   Lee Dong-soo
  Yoo Yong-sung
11–15, 8–15   Bronze

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1999 Brøndby Arena, Copenhagen, Denmark   Joanne Goode   Kim Dong-moon
  Ra Kyung-min
10–15, 13–15   Silver

Commonwealth GamesEdit

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1994 University of Victoria, Victoria, Canada   Chris Hunt   Cheah Soon Kit
  Soo Beng Kiang
10–15, 9–15   Silver
1998 Kuala Lumpur Badminton Stadium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   Chris Hunt   Choong Tan Fook
  Lee Wan Wah
13–15, 11–15   Bronze
2002 Bolton Arena, Manchester, England   James Anderson   Chan Chong Ming
  Chew Choon Eng
4–7, 5–7, 2–7   Bronze

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1994 University of Victoria, Victoria, Canada   Julie Bradbury   Chris Hunt
  Gillian Clark
11–15, 4–15   Silver
1998 Kuala Lumpur Badminton Stadium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   Joanne Goode   Nathan Robertson
  Joanne Davies
15–2, 15–5   Gold
2002 Bolton Arena, Manchester, England   Joanne Goode   Chew Choon Eng
  Chin Eei Hui
0–7, 7–5, 7–3, 7–3   Gold

European ChampionshipsEdit

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1994 Maaspoort, Den Bosch, Netherlands   Chris Hunt   Andrey Antropov
  Nikolai Zuyev
18–16, 15–4   Gold
1996 Herning Badminton Klub, Herning, Denmark   Chris Hunt   Jon Holst-Christensen
  Thomas Lund
6–15, 10–15   Silver
1998 Winter Sports Palace, Sofia, Bulgaria   Chris Hunt   Peter Axelsson
  Pär-Gunnar Jonsson
15–3, 15–3   Gold
2000 Kelvin Hall International Sports Arena, Glasgow, Scotland   Nathan Robertson   Jens Eriksen
  Jesper Larsen
13–15, 15–7, 3–15   Bronze

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1996 Herning Badminton Klub, Herning, Denmark   Julie Bradbury   Michael Søgaard
  Rikke Olsen
16–18, 2–15   Silver
1998 Winter Sports Palace, Sofia, Bulgaria   Joanne Goode   Michael Keck
  Erica van den Heuvel
15–8, 11–15, 8–15   Bronze

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
1994 Dutch Open   Chris Hunt   Antonius Ariantho
  Denny Kantono
18–17, 5–15, 8–15   Runner-up
1995 Swiss Open   Chris Hunt   Jon Holst-Christensen
  Thomas Lund
6–15, 7–15   Runner-up
1996 Denmark Open   Chris Hunt   Jim Laugesen
  Thomas Stavngaard
15–17, 15–10, 7–15   Runner-up
1997 German Open   Chris Hunt   Jens Eriksen
  Jesper Larsen
4–15, 8–15   Runner-up

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1994 Denmark Open   Julie Bradbury   Thomas Lund
  Marlene Thomsen
8–15, 3–15   Runner-up
1996 Korea Open   Julie Bradbury   Park Joo-bong
  Ra Kyung-min
9–15, 11–15   Runner-up
1996 Swiss Open   Julie Bradbury   Jan-Eric Antonsson
  Astrid Crabo
7–15, 15–12, 11–15   Runner-up
1996 All England Open   Julie Bradbury   Park Joo-bong
  Ra Kyung-min
10–15, 10–15   Runner-up
1998 Hong Kong Open   Joanne Goode   Michael Søgaard
  Rikke Olsen
15–8, 7–15, 8–15   Runner-up
1999 All England Open   Joanne Goode   Ha Tae-kwon
  Chung Jae-hee
15–2, 15–13   Winner
1999 Swiss Open   Joanne Goode   Michael Søgaard
  Rikke Olsen
15–5, 15–4   Winner
2000 Thailand Open   Joanne Goode   Zhang Jun
  Gao Ling
13–15, 12–15   Runner-up
2000 Indonesia Open   Joanne Goode   Michael Søgaard
  Rikke Olsen
15–13, 11–15, 15–4   Winner
2000 Dutch Open   Erica van den Heuvel   Chen Qiqiu
  Chen Lin
15–8, 12–15, 10–15   Runner-up
2002 U.S. Open   Marina Andrievskaya   Tony Gunawan
  Etty Tantri
11–7, 4–11, 6–11   Runner-up

IBF InternationalEdit

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1991 Portugal International   Chris Hunt   Andy Goode
  Glen Milton
7–15, 15–2, 10–15   Runner-up
1992 Iceland International   Julian Robertson   Russell Hogg
  Kenny Middlemiss
15–9, 15–9   Winner
1993 Austrian International   Nick Ponting   Edwin van Dalm
  Quinten van Dalm
15–5, 15–5   Winner
1993 Hamburg Cup   Chris Hunt   Jon Holst-Christensen
  Thomas Lund
8–15, 11–15   Runner-up
1993 Wimbledon Open   Chris Hunt   Sergei Melnikov
  Nikolai Zuyev
6–15, 15–7, 15–5   Winner
1993 Welsh International   Mike Adams   Sergei Melnikov
  Nikolai Zuyev
15–3, 15–5   Winner
1993 Irish International   Julian Robertson   Neil Cottrill
  John Quinn
15–10, 15–6   Winner
2002 BMW Open International   Flandy Limpele   Anthony Clark
  Nathan Robertson
15–5, 17–14   Winner
2004 Portugal International   Robert Blair   Liu Kwok Wa
  Albertus Susanto Njoto
15–9, 12–15, 15–7   Winner
2004 Bitburger Open   Anthony Clark   Jean-Michel Lefort
  Svetoslav Stoyanov
15–5, 15–7   Winner
2005 Portugal International   Anthony Clark   Keishi Kawaguchi
  Toru Matsumoto
17–15, 15–4   Winner
2005 Swedish International   Anthony Clark   Henrik Andersson
  Frederik Bergström
Walkover   Winner
2005 Italian International   David Lindley   Anders Kristiansen
  Simon Mollyhus
10–15, 15–9, 13–15   Runner-up

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1992 Austrian International   Maria Rasmussen   Nicklas Johansson
  Jessica Reinholdsson
15–3, 15–2   Winner
1992 Wimbledon Open   Joanne Davies   Dave Wright
  Sara Sankey
15–5, 12–15, 11–15   Runner-up
1993 Welsh International   Joanne Davies   Chris Hunt
  Joanne Wright
9–15, 8–15   Runner-up
1993 Irish International   Joanne Davies   Julian Robertson
  Sara Hardaker
15–5, 15–10   Winner
2003 Austrian International   Donna Kellogg   Fredrik Bergström
  Johanna Persson
11–6, 5–11, 11–6   Winner
2003 Slovenian International   Donna Kellogg   Nikolai Zuyev
  Marina Yakusheva
15–2, 17–16   Winner
2003 Iceland International   Donna Kellogg   Jesper Larsen
  Mie Nielsen
15–13, 15–4   Winner
2003 Scottish International   Donna Kellogg   Imanuel Hirschfeldt
  Frida Andreasson
15–5, 15–3   Winner
2003 Irish International   Donna Kellogg   Rasmus Andersen
  Kamilla Rytter Juhl
15–12, 15–4   Winner
2004 Portugal International   Donna Kellogg   Kristof Hopp
  Kathrin Piotrowski
15–12, 15–12   Winner

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "How to...Hit a shuttlecock at 162mph by Simon Archer". observer.guardian.co.uk.
  2. ^ "1994 Athletes". Team England.
  3. ^ "England team in 1994". Commonwealth Games Federation.
  4. ^ "Athletes and results". Commonwealth Games Federation.
  5. ^ "Archer quits international badminton". BadmintonEngland.co.uk. 6 August 2006. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007.
  6. ^ "No. 57315". The London Gazette (Supplement). 11 June 2004. p. 13.
  7. ^ "Queen's Birthday Honours". Telegraph.co.uk. Telegraph Media Group. 12 June 2004.

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