Thomas Kihlström

Thomas Kihlström (born December 11, 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
Personal information
Country Sweden
Born (1948-12-11) December 11, 1948 (age 71)
Career title(s)1983 Mixed Doubles World Champs
1982 Men's Doubles European Champs
1976 Men's Doubles All England Champs
1983 Men's Doubles All England Champs
1983 Mixed Doubles All England Champs

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.

Major achievementsEdit

Rank Event Date Venue
World Championships
1 Mixed doubles (with Nora Perry) 1983 Copenhagen, DEN
Men's singles
Men's doubles (with Bengt Fröman)
1977 Malmö, SWE
European Championships
1 Men's doubles 1982 Böblingen, FRG
2 Men's singles 1974 Vienna, AUT
Men's singles
Men's doubles
1978 Preston, ENG
2 Men's doubles 1980 Groningen, NED
2 Mixed doubles 1984 Preston, ENG
2 Men's doubles 1986 Uppsala, SWE
3 Men's doubles 1976 Dublin, IRE
3 Mixed doubles 1986 Uppsala, SWE


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

Dr of Naprapathy 1973 Educated at Naprapathic School Stockholm Sweden

Stor Grabb = 165 points (received after 15 points)

89 International Team events

World Cup Mixed Indonesia

Japan Open - Men's Singles 1982 Winner

Japan Open - Men's Doubles 1983 Winner

Japan Open - Mixed Doubles 1983 Winner

Hong Kong Open Men's Doubles Winner

Taiwan Open Men's Doubles Winner

Indian Open Poona Men's Doubles Winner

Swedish Open Men's Doubles Winner

Swedish Open Mixed Doubles Winner

Scandinavian Championships Men's Doubles and Mixed Doubles

Canadian Open Men's Doubles and Mixed Doubles

Mexican Open Men's Singles

Russian Open Men's Doubles

Danish Open Men's Doubles / Mixed Doubles

Danish Open 2nd Men's singles

Dutch Open Men's Doubles

Portugal Open Men's singles

German Open Men's Doubles

Hall of Fame Badminton Sweden