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Toma Junior Popov (born 29 September 1998) is a French badminton player.[1][2] In 2015, he won the bronze medal at the European Junior Championships in the boys' singles event.[3] In 2017, he made history as the first non-Danish male player to win a European junior team gold as well as the men’s singles and doubles. He joined Peter Gade, Jim Laugesen, and Thomas Stuer-Lauridsen as the only men to ever complete the treble.[4] He competed at the 2018 Mediterranean Games, claim the men's singles bronze medal.[5]

Toma Junior Popov
Toma Junior Popov.jpg
Personal information
Country France
Born (1998-09-29) 29 September 1998 (age 20)
Sofia, Bulgaria
Height1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Weight86 kg (190 lb)
HandednessRight
Men's singles & doubles
Highest ranking51 (MS 30 April 2019)
96 (MD 18 June 2019)
Current ranking57 (MS), 102 (MD) (13 August 2019)
BWF profile

Personal lifeEdit

The Sofia borned, Popov came from the badminton family. His father, Thomas, was a former Bulgarian and French national player. His brother, Christo, also played badminton and the brothers trained at the Fos Sur Mer club.[6]

AchievementsEdit

Mediterranean GamesEdit

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2018 El Morell Pavilion, Tarragona, Spain   Muhammed Ali Kurt 21–17, 21–16   Bronze

European Junior ChampionshipsEdit

Boys' singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2017 Centre Sportif Régional d'Alsace, Mulhouse, France   Arnaud Merkle 21–14, 21–15   Gold
2015 Regional Sport Centrum Hall, Lubin, Poland   Anders Antonsen 13–21, 9–21   Bronze

Boys' doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2017 Centre Sportif Régional d'Alsace, Mulhouse, France   Thom Gicquel   Max Flynn
  Callum Hemming
21–17, 21–13   Gold

BWF International Challenge/SeriesEdit

Men's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2019 Bulgarian Open   Abhinav Manota 21–15, 21–10   Winner
2018 Czech Open   Victor Svendsen 21–16, 21–11   Winner
2018 Bulgarian Open   Arnaud Merkle 22–20, 21–12   Winner
2018 Spanish International   Lucas Corvée 21–13, 21–17   Winner
2018 Latvia International   Léo Rossi 21–10, 21–15   Winner
2018 Hellas International   Ondřej Král 21–7, 21–13   Winner
2016 Latvia International   Kasper Lehikoinen 21–14, 21–14   Winner

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2018 Bulgarian Open   Christo Popov   Chen Yu-jun
  Lin Bing-wei
17–21, 21–7, 21–17   Winner
2014 Bulgarian Eurasia Open   Thomas Vallez   Ronan Guéguin
  Alexandre Hammer
11–10, 11–10, 11–9   Winner

BWF Junior TournamentEdit

Boys' singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2016 Danish Junior   Nhat Nguyen 21–16, 19–21, 24–22   Champion
2016 Belgian Junior   Arnaud Merkle 21–15, 21–12   Champion
2016 Hellas Junior   Nhat Nguyen 21–17, 11–21, 21–14   Champion
2015 Slovenia Junior   Wolfgang Gnedt 21–14, 10–21, 23–21   Champion
2015 Bulgarian Junior   Daniel Nikolov 21–9, 19–21, 13–21   Runner Up
2014 Bulgarian Junior   Alexandre Hammer 11–10, 4–11, 4–11, 11–6, 11–4   Champion

Boys' doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2016 Danish Junior   Karl Thor Søndergaard   Rasmus Kjær Pedersen
  Jesper Toft
14–21, 21–17, 17–21   Runner-up
2016 Belgian Junior   Léo Rossi   Zach Russ
  Steven Stallwood
21–11, 21–15   Winner
2016 Bulgarian Junior   Léo Rossi   Pakin Kuna-Anuvit
  Natthapat Trinkajee
13–21, 8–21   Runner Up
2016 Hellas Junior   Thomas Baures   Eloi Adam
  Samy Corvee
21–18, 21–15   Winner
2015 Slovenia Junior   Gregor Dunikowski   Emre Comert
  Baran Yuksel
21–16, 21–17   Winner
2015 Hungarian Junior   Thomas Vallez   Aleksander Jablonski
  Pawel Smilowski
21–17, 20–22, 21–19   Winner
2014 Bulgarian Junior   Thomas Vallez   Ronan Gueguin
  Alexandre Hammer
10–11, 11–10, 9–11, 11–6, 6–11   Runner Up
     BWF International Challenge tournament
     BWF International Series tournament
     BWF Future Series tournament

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Players: Toma Junior Popov". bwfbadminton.com. Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
  2. ^ "Badminton - Toma Junior Popov". www.les-sports.info (in French). Info Média Conseil. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
  3. ^ "European Junior Championships, Individuals". badmintoneurope.com. Badminton Europe. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
  4. ^ Phlean, Mark. "Popov does double and creates history". Badminton Europe. Badminton Europe. Retrieved 17 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Athlete Profile: Popov Toma Tomov". Tarragona 2018. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  6. ^ "The Popov dynasty". www.fz-forza.com. FZ Forza. Retrieved 19 February 2018.

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