Stefan Karlsson (badminton)

Stefan Karlsson (born 5 November 1955) is a retired male badminton player from Sweden who competed at the highest world level.[1] He later changed name to Stefan Mellgård.[2]

Stefan Karlsson
Personal information
Country Sweden
Born (1955-11-05) 5 November 1955 (age 64)
Career title(s)1980, 1982 European Champs
1983 All-England

CareerEdit

Though he played Thomas Cup singles for Sweden and won the Swedish national singles title twice, his greatest successes came in doubles. He won men's doubles at the biennial European Championships twice, with Claes Nordin in 1980 and with Thomas Kihlström in 1982.[3] In 1983 he shared the prestigious All-England men's doubles title with Kihlström. He won the silver medal at the 1985 IBF World Championships in mixed doubles with Maria Bengtsson.

AchievementsEdit

World GamesEdit

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1981 San Jose Civic Auditorium, California, United States   Thomas Kihlström   Sun Zhian
  Yao Ximing
15–12, 4–15, 6–15   Silver

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
1983 Swedish Open   Thomas Kihlström   Steen Fladberg
  Jesper Helledie
15–4, 13–15, 10–15   Runner-up
1983 All England Open   Thomas Kihlström   Martin Dew
  Mike Tredgett
15–10, 15–13   Winner
1984 Chinese Taipei Open   Thomas Kihlström   Steen Fladberg
  Jesper Helledie
15–3, 15–6   Winner
1984 Japan Open   Thomas Kihlström   Martin Dew
  Steve Baddeley
15–6, 15–6   Winner
1984 Swedish Open   Thomas Kihlström   Kim Moon-soo
  Park Joo-bong
8–15, 15–10, 8–15   Runner-up
1985 Swedish Open   Thomas Kihlström   Li Yongbo
  Di Qiqing
12–15, 18–14, 15–18   Runner-up
1987 Chinese Taipei Open   Mark Christiansen   Eddy Hartono
  Liem Swie King
4–15, 5–15   Runner-up
1987 Dutch Open   Mark Christiansen   Rudy Gunawan
  Bambang Subagio
15–8, 15–2   Winner
1987 Carlton-Intersport Cup   Mark Christiansen   Jesper Knudsen
  Henrik Svarrer
15–6, 15–10   Winner

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Sporthistoria.se: Badminton Sverige, accessed 2010-07-08 (in Swedish)
  2. ^ Badminton.nu: Hall of fame, accessed 2010-07-08
  3. ^ European Badminton Championships History Archived 2010-03-12 at the Wayback Machine, accessed 2010-07-08