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Sun Jun (simplified Chinese: 孙俊; traditional Chinese: 孫俊; pinyin: Sūn Jùn; born June 16, 1975 in Nanjing, Jiangsu) is a former world number 1 singles badminton player from China in the late 1990s whose resume includes the World Championship, World Cup, Asian Championship and All England Men's Singles titles. He was known for his all-round defensive ability as well as his never-say-die attitude on court as exemplified by his famous match with Peter Rasmussen whereby he suffered a severe leg cramp during mid-match but basically carried on to finish an entire set limping on one leg, at one point leading by 10-3 due to intelligent play before succumbing to his opponent.

Sun Jun
Personal information
Country  China
Born (1975-06-16) June 16, 1975 (age 42)
Nanjing, Jiangsu
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 73 kg (161 lb)
Handedness Right
Men's singles
Highest ranking 1
BWF profile

He is married to the great doubles badminton player Ge Fei.

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CareerEdit

World ChampionshipsEdit

Sun won the 1999 IBF World Championships, beating Fung Permadi in the final. He also won a silver medal at the 1997 IBF World Championships, when in the final he was leading 10-3 in the deciding set against Peter Rasmussen despite suffering from a leg cramp, eventually losing 16-17, 18-13, 15-10.[1]

Summer OlympicsEdit

Sun Jun competed in badminton at the 1996 Summer Olympics in men's singles. In the first round he had a bye, and in the second one he defeated Kim Hak-kyun from Korea. In round of 16 he was beaten by Alan Budikusuma 15-5, 15-6.

Sun Jun competed in badminton at the 2000 Summer Olympics in men's singles. In the first round he had a bye, and in the second round he defeated the defending Olympic champion Poul-Erik Høyer Larsen from Denmark. In the round of 16 Sun beat Richard Vaughan from Great Bretain and in quarterfinals he lost to Hendrawan from Indonesia.

Major achievementsEdit

Rank Event Date Venue
World Championships
1 Singles 1999 Copenhague, DEN
2 Singles 1997 Glasgow, SCO
Sudirman Cup
1 Team 1995 Lausanne, SWI
1 Team 1999 Copenhagen, DEN
Asian Championships
1 Singles 1997 Kuala Lumpur, MAS
Other International Championships
1 Singles 1994 French Open
1 Men's singles 1996 Dutch Open
1 Men's singles 1996 Russian Open
1 Singles 1997 Badminton World Cup
1 Singles 1997, 1998 World Grand Prix finals
1 Men's singles 1997, 1998 Copenhagen Masters
1 Singles 1998 All England Open

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