Wong Choong Hann

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Wong Choong Hann
Personal information
CountryMalaysia
Born (1977-02-17) 17 February 1977 (age 45)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Years active1996–2012
HandednessLeft
Men's singles
Highest ranking1 (15 August 2002)
Medal record
Men's badminton
Representing  Malaysia
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 2003 Birmingham Men's singles
Thomas Cup
Silver medal – second place 1998 Hong Kong Men's team
Silver medal – second place 2002 Guangzhou Men's team
Bronze medal – third place 2006 Sendai & Tokyo Men's team
Bronze medal – third place 2008 Jakarta Men's team
Bronze medal – third place 2010 Kuala Lumpur Men's team
Commonwealth Games
Gold medal – first place 1998 Kuala Lumpur Men's singles
Gold medal – first place 1998 Kuala Lumpur Men's team
Gold medal – first place 2006 Melbourne Mixed team
Bronze medal – third place 2002 Manchester Men's singles
Silver medal – second place 2006 Melbourne Men's singles
Silver medal – second place 2006 Melbourne Men's doubles
Asian Games
Bronze medal – third place 1998 Bangkok Men's team
Bronze medal – third place 2002 Busan Men's team
Bronze medal – third place 2006 Doha Men's team
Asia Cup
Silver medal – second place 1997 Jakarta Men's team
Southeast Asian Games
Gold medal – first place 2001 Kuala Lumpur Men's team
Gold medal – first place 2005 Manila Men's team
Silver medal – second place 1999 Bandar Seri Begawan Men's singles
Silver medal – second place 1999 Bandar Seri Begawan Men's team
Silver medal – second place 2003 Vietnam Men's singles
Bronze medal – third place 2001 Kuala Lumpur Men's doubles
Bronze medal – third place 2003 Vietnam Men's team
Bronze medal – third place 2005 Manila Men's doubles
World Junior Championships
Bronze medal – third place 1994 Kuala Lumpur Boys' doubles
BWF profile

Wong Choong Hann AMN (simplified Chinese: 黄综翰; traditional Chinese: 黃綜翰; pinyin: Huáng Zònghàn; born 17 February 1977) is a former 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.[2] Currently he is the coaching director for the Malaysia national badminton team.[3]

Career[edit]

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.

Personal life[edit]

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.[4][5]

Achievements[edit]

World Championships[edit]

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2003 National Indoor Arena, Birmingham, England China Xia Xuanze 6–15, 15–13, 6–15 Silver Silver

Commonwealth Games[edit]

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1998 Kuala Lumpur Badminton Stadium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Malaysia Yong Hock Kin 10–15, 15–12, 15–6 Gold Gold
2002 Bolton Arena, Manchester, England Malaysia Muhammad Hafiz Hashim 8–6, 6–8, 0–7, 8–7, 3–7 Bronze Bronze
2006 Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Melbourne, Australia Malaysia Lee Chong Wei 13–21, 12–21 Silver Silver

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2006 Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Melbourne, Australia Malaysia Choong Tan Fook Malaysia Chan Chong Ming
Malaysia Koo Kien Keat
13–21, 14–21 Silver Silver

Southeast Asian Games[edit]

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1999 Hassanal Bolkiah Sports Complex, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Indonesia Taufik Hidayat 10–15, 15–11, 11–15 Silver Silver
2003 Tan Binh Sport Center, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Indonesia Sony Dwi Kuncoro 8–15, 5–15 Silver Silver

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2001 Malawati Stadium, Selangor, Malaysia Malaysia Lee Wan Wah Indonesia Sigit Budiarto
Indonesia Candra Wijaya
4–15, 5–15 Bronze Bronze
2005 PhilSports Arena, Pasig, Philippines Malaysia Choong Tan Fook Indonesia Luluk Hadiyanto
Indonesia Alvent Yulianto
10–15, 2–15 Bronze Bronze

BWF Superseries[edit]

The BWF Superseries, which was launched on 14 December 2006 and implemented in 2007,[6] is a series of elite badminton tournaments, sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF). BWF Superseries levels are Superseries and Superseries Premier. A season of Superseries consists of twelve tournaments around the world that have been introduced since 2011.[7] Successful players are invited to the Superseries Finals, which are held at the end of each year.

Men's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2007 China Masters China Lin Dan 19–21, 9–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
  BWF Superseries Finals tournament
  BWF Superseries Premier tournament
  BWF Superseries tournament

BWF Grand Prix[edit]

The BWF Grand Prix had two levels, the BWF Grand Prix and Grand Prix Gold. It was a series of badminton tournaments sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) which was held from 2007 to 2017. The World Badminton Grand Prix has been sanctioned by International Badminton Federation (IBF) from 1983 to 2006.

Men's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
1997 Dutch Open Germany Oliver Pongratz 15–10, 15–11 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1999 Malaysia Open China Luo Yigang 16–17, 15–17 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1999 Denmark Open Denmark Poul-Erik Høyer Larsen 15–17, 4–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2000 Chinese Taipei Open Denmark Peter Gade 9–15, 5–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2001 Singapore Open Indonesia Taufik Hidayat 5–7, 7–0, 1–7, 7–1, 4–7 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2001 China Open China Xia Xuanze 3–7, 7–3, 2–7, 7–5, 4–7 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2002 Dutch Open Malaysia Lee Tsuen Seng 15–6, 15–6 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2002 China Open China Chen Hong 12–15, 15–5, 15–9 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2003 Chinese Taipei Open Indonesia Sony Dwi Kuncoro 3–15, 15–7, 15–4 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2003 China Open China Lin Dan 16–17, 12–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2007 New Zealand Open Indonesia Andre Kurniawan Tedjono 21–13, 18–21, 14–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2009 Macau Open Malaysia Lee Chong Wei 15–21, 19–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2009 Chinese Taipei Open Vietnam Nguyen Tien Minh 11–21, 14–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2010 Malaysia Grand Prix Gold Malaysia Lee Chong Wei 8–21, 21–14, 15–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2011 Australia Open Japan Sho Sasaki 11–21, 21–12, 19–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
  BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament
  BWF/IBF Grand Prix tournament

Honour[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "All-star cast lines up in Singapore Open". Utusan Online. Retrieved 11 December 2016.
  2. ^ "Other Sport: Choong Hann goes down in rubber game to China's Xuanze". www.thestar.com.my. Retrieved 27 April 2020.
  3. ^ "Badminton: Wong Choong Hann is new BAM coaching director from Jan 1". www.thestar.com.my. Retrieved 15 November 2018.
  4. ^ http://www.lavieflo.com
  5. ^ "A gift of Everlasting Flowers with LavieFlo". 2 October 2012.
  6. ^ "BWF Launches Super Series". Badminton Australia. 15 December 2006. Archived from the original on 6 October 2007.
  7. ^ "Yonex All England Elevated To BWF Premier Super Series Event". www.ibadmintonstore.com. Archived from the original on 2 October 2013. Retrieved 29 September 2013.
  8. ^ "Semakan Penerima Darjah Kebesaran, Bintang dan Pingat".