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Simon David Archer MBE (born 27 June 1973) is an English badminton player.

Simon Archer
Personal information
Birth nameSimon David Archer
Country England
Born (1973-06-27) 27 June 1973 (age 46)
Worcester, Worcestershire
Men's & Mixed doubles
Highest ranking1
BWF profile

Archer once held the world record for the fastest smash at 162 mph.[1]


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, British Columbia, 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.


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


  1. ^ "How to...Hit a shuttlecock at 162mph by Simon Archer".
  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". 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 Media Group. 12 June 2004.

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