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Tan Boon Heong (born 18 September 1987 in Alor Setar, Kedah) is a former World No.1 Malaysian male professional badminton player in the men's doubles event.

Tan Boon Heong
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Personal information
Country  Malaysia
Born (1987-09-18) 18 September 1987 (age 29)
Alor Setar, Kedah, Malaysia
Residence Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 71 kg (157 lb; 11.2 st)
Years active 2004 - present
Handedness Left
Coach Lee Wan Wah
Men's doubles
Career title(s) 12
Highest ranking 1 (11 October 2007)
Current ranking 14 (6 December 2016)
BWF profile
Updated on 23:47, 27 May 2014 (UTC).
Tan Boon Heong
Traditional Chinese 陳文宏
Simplified Chinese 陈文宏


Badminton careerEdit


He was previously paired with Hoon Thien How, with whom he won the World Junior Championships in 2004 and a silver medal at the 2006 Asian Badminton Championships.


Nearing the Doha XV Asian Games in 2006, Rexy Mainaky (the Malaysian doubles coach) decided to split them up and partner Tan Boon Heong with Koo Kien Keat instead. This move, nevertheless, proved to be spot-on as this pair went on to become the Asian Games champion, winning the gold medal in their maiden outing by defeating the then Chinese world champions, Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng, in the quarterfinals, Indonesia's Markis Kido-Hendra Setiawan in the semifinals, and finally Luluk Hadiyanto-Alvent Yulianto Chandra, also from Indonesia, in the finals. They are the youngest men double to win gold medal at Asian Games at the age of 21 and 19 respectively.


2007 was the best year for Koo and Tan. They became the first qualifiers to win the Super Series at the Malaysian Open.[1] They also became the World No.1 that year. They win their first All England Super Series after beating Chinese pair, Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng in straight games.


They competed at the 2008 Olympics, reaching the quarter-finals.


At the 2009 Japan Super Series, Boon Heong set the world record for badminton smashes at 421 km/h. This was done under lab conditions and recorded by Yonex representatives, and not in an official match.[2] Later, two won the bronze medal at the 2009 World Championships


At the 2010 BWF World Championships, Boon Heong and partner Koo Kien Keat launched themselves into the semifinals after beating Korean rivals Lee Yong Dae and Jung Jae Sung. In the semifinals they defeated China's Guo Zhendong and Xu Chen 21-14, 21-18. Tan Boon Heong and Koo Kien Keat wrote their names in the record books, being the first Malaysian pair to enter a World Championships Final in 13 years. In the finals they played China's Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng and lost 21-18, 18-21, 14-21. The year 2010 was the last time Koo and Tan ranked World No.1.


At the 2011 All England Super Series Premier, Boon Heong and Kien Keat defeated 2008 Olympic champions Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan in the quarterfinals. They then defeated World champions Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng 21-11, 23-21. They lost to Danes and world no.1 Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen 21-15, 18-21, 18-21. In doing so, they failed to win their 2nd All England title.


They competed at the 2012 Olympics, reaching the semi-finals, and losing 2 - 0 in the bronze medal match.[3][4]


They suffered a lot of early round exits in 2013 and a three-year major title drought but they managed to remain in the top 5 of the world ranking.


As of March 2014 following the resignation of his partner, Koo Kien Keat, which was due to their deteriorating performance, Tan was scratch partnered with several men's doubles players including Goh V Shem, Ow Yao Han, Hoon Thien How and Tan Wee Keong. Following the tournament, Tan has been officially repartnered with Hoon Thien How. In August that year, Koo returned to play his last tournament with Tan at the 2014 BWF World Championships. Their last match together was in the third round where they lost to a Chinese Taipei pair with a score of 19-21 in the deciding game.


In early 2015, Tan announced his resignation from the Badminton Association of Malaysia. Koo and Tan announced that they are coming out of retirement and try to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics before they call it quits for good. They are currently sponsored by Seri Mutiara Development Sdn Bhd They have achieved some breakthroughs this year. Winning the Russian Open, Yonex Dutch Open and finishing runners up in the Thailand Open. They have also made it to 2 Super Series quarterfinals in Australia and Korea.


Tan and Koo had a string of good runs to finish in 11th place in the 2016 race to rio olympic standings. However they did not manage to qualify because they were ranked behind fellow Malaysians Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong.


Men's doublesEdit

Year Tournament Venue Round
2009 Macau Open Grand Prix Gold Macau Winner
2009 BWF World Championship India Semi-finalist
2009 Wilson Swiss Super Series   Basel Winner
2009 Yonex All England Super Series   Birmingham Quarter-finalist
2008 Macau Open Grand Prix Gold Macau Winner
Proton Malaysia Super Series   Kuala Lumpur Second Round
Denmark Super Series   Odense Winner
Macau Open   Macau Winner
Japan Super Series   Tokyo Third Round
BWF World Championships   Kuala Lumpur Quarter-Finalists
Philippines Open   Manila Winner
Malaysian National Badminton Championships   Kuala Terengganu Winner
Indonesia Super Series   Jakarta Semi-Finalist
2007 Asian Badminton Championships   Johor Bahru Runner-Up
Swiss Open Super Series   Basel Winner
All England Super Series   Birmingham Winner
Yonex Korea Open Super Series   Seoul Semi-Finalist
Proton Malaysia Super Series   Kuala Lumpur Winner
2006 Asian Games   Doha Winner
Yonex Japan Open   Tokyo Runner-Up
Yonex Sunrise Hong Kong Open   Hong Kong Quarter-Finalist
Thailand Open   Bangkok Quarter-Finalist
Macau Open   Macau Quarter-Finalist
Singapore Open   Singapore Quarter-Finalist
2006 Asian Badminton Championships   Johor Bahru Runner-up
China Masters China Quarter-Finalist
Malaysia Satellite   Malaysia Runner-up
Singapore Satellite   Singapore Runner-up
World Junior Championships   Vancouver Winner

Record against selected opponentsEdit

Men's Doubles results with Koo Kien Keat against Super Series finalists, Worlds Semi-finalists, and Olympic quarterfinalists, plus all Olympic opponents.[3]


  1. ^ "Kien Keat-Boon Heong on course for world domination". The Star. 22 January 2007. 
  2. ^ Phelan, Mark. "Badminton in Guinness Book of World Records". 
  3. ^ "". 

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