Thomas Kihlström

Thomas Kihlström (born 11 December 1948) is a former badminton player from Sweden known for his agility, tactical astuteness, and coolness under pressure. Though an impressive singles player early in his career, his greatest successes came in doubles.

Thomas Kihlström
Thomas Kihlström
Personal information
Country Sweden
Born (1948-12-11) 11 December 1948 (age 72)
Handednessright
Medal record
Men's Badminton
Representing  Sweden
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1983 Copenhagen Mixed doubles
Bronze medal – third place 1977 Malmö Men's Singles
Bronze medal – third place 1977 Malmö Men's doubles
World Cup
Gold medal – first place 1984 Jakarta Mixed doubles
Bronze medal – third place 1983 Kuala Lumpur Mixed doubles
Bronze medal – third place 1986 Bandung-Jakarta Mixed doubles
European Championships
Gold medal – first place 1982 Böblingen Men's doubles
Silver medal – second place 1974 Vienna Men's singles
Silver medal – second place 1978 Preston Men's singles
Silver medal – second place 1978 Preston Men's doubles
Silver medal – second place 1980 Groningen Men's doubles
Silver medal – second place 1984 Preston Mixed doubles
Silver medal – second place 1986 Uppsala Men's doubles
Silver medal – second place 1982 Böblingen Mixed team
Bronze medal – third place 1976 Dublin Men's doubles
Bronze medal – third place 1986 Uppsala Mixed doubles
Bronze medal – third place 1974 Vienna Mixed team
Bronze medal – third place 1976 Dublin Mixed team
Bronze medal – third place 1978 Preston Mixed team
Bronze medal – third place 1980 Groningen Mixed team
Bronze medal – third place 1984 Preston Mixed team
Bronze medal – third place 1986 Uppsala Mixed team
World Games
Gold medal – first place 1981 Santa Clara Mixed doubles
Silver medal – second place 1981 Santa Clara Men's doubles

CareerEdit

Kihlström won the 1983 IBF World Championships in mixed doubles with Nora Perry.[1] He also won 16 medals at the European Championships, two of them in men's singles, two in mixed doubles, five in men's doubles and 7 in team competition. He shared two All-England men's doubles titles, one with Bengt Fröman in 1976 and the other with Stefan Karlsson in 1983. He also shared the All-England mixed doubles title with Nora Perry in 1983.[2] From 1973 to 1988 Kihlström captured a total of twenty-four events at the Swedish National Championships. Kihlström competed during an era in which world class badminton became increasingly event-specialized. His skill as an "all-arounder" is demonstrated by the facts that he is the only player to have won medals in all three events, men's singles, men's doubles, and mixed doubles at the BWF World Championships, and is the only man to have won each of these three events at the Japan Open.

AchievementsEdit

World ChampionshipsEdit

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1977 Malmö Isstadion, Malmö, Sweden   Svend Pri 6–15, 6–15   Bronze

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1977 Malmö Isstadion, Malmö, Sweden   Bengt Fröman   Tjun Tjun
  Johan Wahjudi
7–15, 11–15   Bronze

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1983 Brøndbyhallen, Copenhagen, Denmark   Nora Perry   Steen Fladberg
  Pia Nielsen
15–1, 15–11   Gold

World CupEdit

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1983 Stadium Negara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   Karen Chapman   Christian Hadinata
  Ivana Lie
15–12, 10–15, 4–15   Bronze
1984 Istora Senayan, Jakarta, Indonesia   Nora Perry   Christian Hadinata
  Ivana Lie
15–18, 15–13, 15–8   Gold
1986 Istora Senayan, Jakarta, Indonesia   Christine Magnusson   Steen Fladberg
  Gillian Clark
4–15, 15–8, 7–15   Bronze

World GamesEdit

Men's doubles

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

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1981 San Jose Civic Auditorium, California, United States   Gillian Gilks   Mike Tredgett
  Nora Perry
15–6, 18–14   Gold

European ChampionshipsEdit

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1974 Vienna, Austria   Sture Johnsson 7–15, 8–15   Silver
1978 Preston, England   Flemming Delfs   Silver

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1976 Dublin, Ireland   Bengt Fröman   Bronze
1978 Preston, England   Bengt Fröman   Ray Stevens
  Mike Tredgett
  Silver
1980 Groningen, Netherlands   Bengt Fröman   Claes Nordin
  Stefan Karlsson
16–18, 15–9, 13–15   Silver
1982 Böblingen, West Germany   Stefan Karlsson   Mike Tredgett
  Martin Dew
15–9, 15–3   Gold
1986 Uppsala, Sweden   Stefan Karlsson   Steen Fladberg
  Jesper Helledie
12–15, 17–18   Silver

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1984 Preston Guild Hall, Preston, England   Maria Bengtsson   Martin Dew
  Gillian Gilks
5–15, 15–17   Silver
1986 Uppsala, Sweden   Maria Bengtsson  
 
  Bronze

International tournamentsEdit

Men's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
1972 Norwegian International   Petter Thoresen 15–7, 15–4   Winner
1973 USSR International   Wolfgang Bochow 10–15, 15–4, 8–15   Runner-up
1973 Norwegian International   Elo Hansen   Runner-up
1976 U.S. Open   Paul Whetnall 14–17, 10–15   Runner-up
1977 Canada Open   Flemming Delfs 15–12, 7–15, 10–15   Runner-up
1977 Japan Open   Flemming Delfs 9–15, 15–13, 15–10   Winner
1978 Denmark Open   Liem Swie King 15–8, 9–15, 7–15   Runner-up
1978 Canada Open   Flemming Delfs 17–14, 11–15, 16–18   Runner-up
1980 Norwegian International   Kenneth Larsen 15–0, 15–11   Winner
1980 Victor Cup   Flemming Delfs 15–7, 15–10   Winner
1980 Nordic Championships   Morten Frost 4–15, 7–15   Runner-up
1981 Canada Open   Nick Yates 16–17, 12–15   Runner-up

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1971 Norwegian International   Kurt Johnsson   Sture Johnsson
  Bengt Fröman
15–12, 15–9   Winner
1972 Norwegian International   Bengt Fröman   Klaus Kaagaard
  Per Walsøe
14–18, 13–18   Runner-up
1973 USSR International   Bengt Fröman   Roland Maywald
  Wolfgang Bochow
15–13, 15–10   Winner
1973 Norwegian International   Bengt Fröman   Fraser Gow
  Robert McCoig
  Winner
1975 German Open   Bengt Fröman   Eddy Sutton
  David Eddy
15–13, 15–5   Winner
1975 Norwegian International   Bengt Fröman   Flemming Delfs
  Elo Hansen
  Runner-up
1976 German Open   Bengt Fröman   Ray Stevens
  Mike Tredgett
  Winner
1976 All England Open   Bengt Fröman   Svend Pri
  Steen Skovgaard
15–12, 17–15   Winner
1976 U.S. Open   Bengt Fröman   Willi Braun
  Roland Maywald
15–18, 12–15   Runner-up
1977 German Open   Bengt Fröman   Gert Hansen
  Steen Skovgaard
  Winner
1977 Denmark Open   Bengt Fröman   Flemming Delfs
  Steen Skovgaard
15–6, 15–8   Winner
1977 Canada Open   Bengt Fröman   Derek Talbot
  Eddy Sutton
16–17, 15–11, 15–10   Winner
1978 Swedish Open   Bengt Fröman   Flemming Delfs
  Steen Skovgaard
18–15, 9–15, 8–15   Runner-up
1978 Nordic Championships   Bengt Fröman   Flemming Delfs
  Steen Skovgaard
  Runner-up
1978 Canada Open   Bengt Fröman   Flemming Delfs
  Steen Skovgaard
9–15, 15–10; retired   Winner
1979 English Masters   Bengt Fröman   Ray Stevens
  Mike Tredgett
18–16, 15–9   Winner
1979 Polish International   Tor Sundberg   Michal Malý
  Juraj Lenart
15–3, 15–13   Winner
1980 Swedish Open   Bengt Fröman   Ade Chandra
  Christian Hadinata
5–15, 15–12, 9–15   Runner-up
1980 English Masters   Stefan Karlsson   Ade Chandra
  Christian Hadinata
12–15, 12–15   Runner-up
1980 Norwegian International   Lars Wengberg   Peter Holm
  Hans Olaf Birkholm
15–7, 15–11   Winner
1980 Victor Cup   Claes Nordin   Flemming Delfs
  Steen Skovgaard
15–5, 18–17   Winner
1981 Copenhagen Cup   Stefan Karlsson   Rudy Heryanto
  Kartono Hariamanto
15–10, 12–15, 17–15   Winner
1981 Swedish Open   Stefan Karlsson   Hadibowo
  Bobby Ertanto
15–6, 15–4   Winner
1981 English Masters   Stefan Karlsson   Mike Tredgett
  Martin Dew
9–15, 15–2, 10–15   Runner-up
1981 Canada Open   Ray Stevens   Martin Dew
  Steve Baddeley
15–8, 15–11   Winner
1981 India Open   Stefan Karlsson   Rudy Heryanto
  Kartono Hariamanto
6–15, 15–8, 17–15   Winner
1982 Swedish Open   Stefan Karlsson   Christian Hadinata
  Lius Pongoh
11–15, 8–15   Runner-up
1982 Scandinavian Cup   Stefan Karlsson   Steen Fladberg
  Steen Skovgaard
15–13, 13–15, 15–10   Winner
1983 Chinese Taipei Open   Stefan Karlsson   Hadibowo
  Bobby Ertanto
9–15, 11–15   Runner-up
1983 Japan Open   Stefan Karlsson   Winner
1983 Swedish Open   Stefan Karlsson   Steen Fladberg
  Jesper Helledie
15–4, 13–15, 10–15   Runner-up
1983 All England Open   Stefan Karlsson   Martin Dew
  Mike Tredgett
15–10, 15–13   Winner
1983 English Masters   Stefan Karlsson   Rudy Heryanto
  Kartono Hariamanto
12–15, 15–8, 15–11   Winner
1984 Chinese Taipei Open   Stefan Karlsson   Steen Fladberg
  Jesper Helledie
15–3, 15–6   Winner
1984 Japan Open   Stefan Karlsson   Martin Dew
  Steve Baddeley
15–6, 15–6   Winner
1984 Swedish Open   Stefan Karlsson   Kim Moon-soo
  Park Joo-bong
8–15, 15–10, 8–15   Runner-up
1984 Nordic Championships   Stefan Karlsson   Mark Christiansen
  Michael Kjeldsen
15–11, 14–18, 18–14   Winner
1985 Swedish Open   Stefan Karlsson   Li Yongbo
  Di Qiqing
12–15, 18–14, 15–18   Runner-up

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1976 U.S. Open   Pam Brady   David Eddy
  Susan Whetnall
6–15, 15–10, 12–15   Runner-up
1981 Dutch Open   Gillian Gilks   Mike Tredgett
  Nora Perry
15–12, 15–6   Winner
1981 Canada Open   Gillian Gilks   Ray Stevens
  Nora Perry
12–15, 15–6, 15–0   Winner
1982 Denmark Open   Nora Perry   Martin Dew
  Gillian Gilks
15–11, 15–9   Winner
1982 Victor Cup   Nora Perry   Martin Dew
  Gillian Gilks
9–15, 15–9, 15–9   Winner
1982 Scandinavian Cup   Nora Perry   Steen Fladberg
  Pia Nielsen
18–15, 15–12   Winner
1982 Nordic Championships   Maria Bengtsson   Steen Skovgaard
  Hanne Adsbøl
6–15, 10–15   Runner-up
1983 Japan Open   Nora Perry   Martin Dew
  Gillian Gilks
15–5, 15–2   Winner
1983 Swedish Open   Nora Perry   Dipak Tailor
  Barbara Sutton
15–7, 15–1   Winner
1983 All England Open   Nora Perry   Steen Skovgaard
  Anne Skovgaard
18–16, 11–15, 15–6   Winner
1985 Swedish Open   Maria Bengtsson   Lee Deuk-choon
  Chung Myung-hee
15–5, 11–15, 15–7   Winner
1985 All England Open   Gillian Clark   Billy Gilliand
  Nora Perry
10–15, 12–15   Runner-up
1985 Malaysia Masters   Christine Magnusson   Steen Fladberg
  Nora Perry
  Winner
1986 World Grand Prix Finals   Christine Magnusson   Nigel Tier
  Gillian Gowers
15–8, 4–15, 8–15   Runner-up

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Pat Davis, The Guinness Book of Badminton (Enfield, Middlesex, England: Guinness Superlatives Ltd., 1983) 111.
  2. ^ Davis, 107, 108.