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Wong Choong Hann AMN (simplified Chinese: 黄综翰; traditional Chinese: 黃綜翰; pinyin: Huáng Zònghàn; born 17 February 1977) is a former World No.1 professional badminton player from Malaysia.[1] He is the first Malaysian to win a medal in the men's singles event at the BWF World Championships.

Wong Choong Hann
Personal information
Country Malaysia
Born (1977-02-17) 17 February 1977 (age 42)
Kuala Lumpur
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Years active1996 - 2012
HandednessLeft
Men's singles
Highest ranking1 (15 August 2002)
BWF profile

CareerEdit

Wong Choong Hann's career began with the 1996 Malaysia Open. The first tournament he won was the 1997 Dutch Open. He represented Malaysia in 2002, where Malaysia emerged runners-up to Indonesia in the Thomas Cup championships.

In 2003, Wong reached the World Championships finals. In a thrilling three-game match between the veterans (both he and his opponent were above 24 years old then), he eventually lost out to the champion from China, Xia Xuanze.

Wong played badminton at the 2004 Summer Olympics in men's singles, defeating Przemysław Wacha of Poland in the first round. In the round of 16, he was defeated by Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia.

The low point of his career occurred during the 2006 Thomas Cup where he injured himself by snapping an achilles tendon while playing in a quarter final match against South Korea, he was required to rest for almost 6 months. He made a comeback to the sport in the Asian Games later in 2006 but was clearly far from his best form.

In the 2008 Summer Olympics he defeated reigning Olympic champion Taufik Hidayat but once again failed to advance past the round of 16, losing to Hsieh Yu-hsing of Chinese Taipei.

He has set up a company "Pioneer Sdn Bhd" with former shuttlers Lee Wan Wah, Chan Chong Ming, and Chew Choon Eng to conduct badminton programs and hopefully produce world-class shuttlers for Malaysia.

In May 2010, Wong was called back to play for the Malaysian Thomas Cup squad.

In 2011 he played his last world championship, where he lost to Boonsak Ponsana in the second round.

On 20 October 2018, The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) announced Wong's appointment as coaching director. He officially start work on 1 January 2019.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

Wong Choong Hann married Leaw Pik Sim on 11 June 2005. They have a daughter, named Kyra Wong Xinyue, and a son, named Kayden Wong Zixuan. He currently resides in Sri Petaling, Kuala Lumpur. In September 2012, he co-founded LavieFlo International—the first preserved flower retailer in Malaysia.[3][4]

AchievementsEdit

Titles (7)Edit

Year Tournament Opponent in final Score
1997 Dutch Open   Oliver Pongratz 15-10, 15-11
1998 Commonwealth Games   Yong Hock Kin 10-15, 15-12, 15-6
2002 Dutch Open   Lee Tsuen Seng 15-6, 15-6
2002 China Open   Chen Hong 12-15, 15-5, 15-9
2003 Chinese Taipei Open   Sony Dwi Kuncoro 3-15, 15-7, 15-4
2003 Copenhagen Masters   Kenneth Jonassen 15-7, 15-10
2008 Italian International   Stanislav Pukhov 21-16, 21-15

Runners-up (16)Edit

Year Tournament Opponent in final Score
1999 Malaysia Open   Luo Yigang 16-17, 15-17
1999 Sea Games   Taufik Hidayat 10-15, 15-11, 11-15
1999 Denmark Open   Poul Erik Hoyer 15-17, 4-15
2000 Chinese Taipei Open   Peter Gade 9-15, 5-15
2001 Singapore Open   Taufik Hidayat 5-7, 7-0, 1-7, 7-1, 4-7
2001 China Open   Xia Xuanze 3-7, 7-3, 2-7, 7-5, 4-7
2003 China Open   Lin Dan 16-17, 12-15
2003 Sea Games   Sony Dwi Kuncoro 8-15, 5-15
2003 World Championships   Xia Xuanze 6-15, 15-13, 6-15
2006 Commonwealth Games   Lee Chong Wei 13-21, 12-21
2007 New Zealand Open   Andre Kurniawan Tedjono 21-13, 18-21, 14-21
2007 China Masters   Lin Dan 19-21, 9-21
2009 Macau Open   Lee Chong Wei 15-21, 19-21
2009 Chinese Taipei Open   Nguyen Tien Minh 11-21, 14-21
2010 Malaysia Masters   Lee Chong Wei 8-21, 21-14, 15-21
2011 Australia Open   Sho Sasaki 11-21, 21-12, 19-21

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "All-star cast lines up in Singapore Open". Utusan Online. Retrieved 11 December 2016.
  2. ^ "Badminton: Wong Choong Hann is new BAM coaching director from Jan 1 | The Star Online". www.thestar.com.my. Retrieved 15 November 2018.
  3. ^ http://www.lavieflo.com
  4. ^ http://www.venusbuzz.com/archives/31607/lavieflo-preserved-flowers/
  5. ^ "Semakan Penerima Darjah Kebesaran, Bintang dan Pingat".