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Zhang Jun (simplified Chinese: 张军; traditional Chinese: 張軍; pinyin: Zhāng Jūn; born November 26, 1977 in Suzhou, Jiangsu) is a former male badminton player from the People's Republic of China. He is now a coach with the Chinese national team following his retirement from international play.

Zhang Jun
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Personal information
Birth name张军
Country China
Born (1977-11-26) November 26, 1977 (age 41)
Suzhou, Jiangsu, China
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight75 kg (165 lb; 11.8 st)
HandednessLeft
Mixed doubles
Highest ranking1 (with Gao Ling) (June 7, 2001[1])
BWF profile

CareerEdit

As a doubles specialist, the solidly built Zhang Jun won several international men's doubles titles with compatriot Zhang Wei including the Swiss (1998), China (2001), and Thailand (2005) Opens. However, the majority of his titles, and the most prestigious ones, came in mixed doubles with the formidable Gao Ling. These included consecutive gold medals at the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games, earned by surviving a number of tight matches, particularly in 2000 when they were on the verge of elimination in the semifinals. In similar fashion, Zhang and Gao captured the 2001 IBF World Championships by squeezing past the brilliant Kim Dong-moon and partner Ra Kyung-min 17-16 in the third game. Zhang's other titles with Gao included three victories (2001, 2003, and 2006) at the prestigious All-England Championships; the Badminton Asia Championships in 2002; the China Masters in 2005; and the China (2002, 2003), Japan (2003), Indonesia (2004), Malaysia (2004, 2006), Thailand (2005), Singapore (2005), and German (2006) Opens.

Zhang had the honor of being an Olympic torch carrier at the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Games.[2]

After retirement, Zhang Jun coached the Chinese Badminton National Team. He was promoted to head coach of the national badminton doubles team in 2017, before being selected as vice chairman of the Chinese Badminton Association (CBA). [3]

On January 28, 2019, Zhang Jun was elected as the chairman of Chinese Badminton Association.[4] [5]

Zhang Jun, as the current president of the Chinese Badminton Association, will compete with Khunying Patama, his counterpart from the Badminton Association of Thailand and Anton Aditya Subowo, the current president of Badminton Asia, to run for the position of BWF deputy president. The BWF will vote for the winning candidate in May 2019, during the Sudirman Cup tournament in Nanning, China. [6]

Personal lifeEdit

Zhang Jun married synchronised swimmer Hu Ni in 2006. Their son was born in 2009.[7] (Zhang Jun's former doubles partner Cai Yun, whom he later also coached, married Hu Ni's teammate Wang Na in 2010.)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ IBF Historical Ranking – Mixed Doubles Archived September 30, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ https://badmintonfamly.com/news/danish-conflict-solved-future-crisis-in-danish-badminton-is-cancelled-2/
  4. ^ "张军当选新一届羽协主席 李永波不再任副主席". Sina. 2019-01-28.
  5. ^ http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/201901/28/WS5c4e8d42a3106c65c34e6d5b.html
  6. ^ http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/201902/26/WS5c7498b2a3106c65c34eb67b.html
  7. ^ Zhao Yanyan (赵彦砚) (2010-01-06). "儿子降生时在巴黎酒店睡觉 张军跟队友求育儿经" [When His Son Was Born He Was Sleeping in a Paris Hotel: Zhang Jun Asks Teammates for Parenting Tips]. Jinling Evening News (in Chinese).

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