Darren Hall
Personal information
Birth nameDarren James Hall
Country England
Born (1965-10-25) 25 October 1965 (age 55)
Walthamstow, Greater London, England
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight73 kg (161 lb)
HandednessRight
Medal record
Men's badminton
Representing  England
World Cup
Bronze medal – third place 1996 Jakarta Men's singles
Commonwealth Games
Gold medal – first place 1990 Auckland Mixed team
Bronze medal – third place 1990 Auckland Men's singles
Bronze medal – third place 1998 Kuala Lumpur Men's singles
Bronze medal – third place 1998 Kuala Lumpur Men's team
European Championships
Gold medal – first place 1988 Kristiansand Men's singles
Silver medal – second place 1990 Moscow Men's singles
European Mixed Team Championships
Bronze medal – third place 1990 Moscow Mixed team
Bronze medal – third place 1988 Kristiansand Mixed team
European Junior Championships
Gold medal – first place 1983 Helsinki Mixed team
Bronze medal – third place 1983 Helsinki Boys' doubles
BWF profile

Darren James Hall (born 25 October 1965) is a retired badminton player from Great Britain who is generally rated as one of the best men's singles players that Britain has produced and holds the record of 10 National singles titles.

Career

Hall won a record ten English national singles titles from 1986 until 1999. During the 1993 championships he broke the existing record of five, set in 1981 by his cousin Ray Stevens.[1]

He is the only Englishman since the 1930s to win the prestigious Danish Open (1992) in men's singles. He won the singles gold medal at the 1988 European Badminton Championships, defeating the great Morten Frost in the final.

Hall represented England in a demonstration of badminton at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea.[2] He then competed in 1992 Summer Olympics in the men's singles. He lost in the second round to Zhao Jianhua, of China, 6–15, 9–15. In 1996, he played in the singles and doubles event. In the singles, he lost to Lee Gwang-jin of South Korea in the second round, 7–15, 11–15, and in the doubles event with Peter Knowles, they were defeated by Chinese pair Ge Cheng and Tao Xiaoqiang, 2–15, 3–15.

Hall competed at the Commonwealth Games in 1990 and 1998, and has collected a gold and three bronze medals.[3]

Achievements

World Cup

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1996 Jakarta, Indonesia Indonesia Jeffer Rosobin 15–9, 14–17, 9–14
Bronze

Commonwealth Games

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1998 Kuala Lumpur Badminton Stadium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Malaysia Yong Hock Kin 7–15, 1–15
Bronze
1990 Auckland, New Zealand England Steve Baddeley Walkover
Bronze

European Championships

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1990 Moscow, Soviet Union England Steve Baddeley 15–11, 3–15, 7–15
Silver
1988 Kristiansand, Norway Denmark Morten Frost 8–15, 15–12, 15–9
Gold

European Junior Championships

Boys' doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1983 Helsinki, Finland England Stuart Spurling
–, –
Bronze

IBF World Grand Prix

The World Badminton Grand Prix sanctioned by International Badminton Federation (IBF) since 1983.

Men's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
1992 Denmark Open Denmark Poul-Erik Høyer Larsen 15–11, 18–13 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1987 Denmark Open Denmark Torben Carlsen 7–15, 4–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1987 Hong Kong Open China Xiong Guobao 15–6, 4–15, 10–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1987 German Open Denmark Ib Frederiksen 17–16, 4–15, 15–6 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1987 Dutch Open Denmark Poul-Erik Høyer Larsen 4–15, 1–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up

IBF International

Men's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
1999 Irish International England Peter Knowles 9–15, 4–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1998 Irish International England Mark Constable 15–7, 15–11 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1998 Scottish International Finland Pontus Jäntti 13–15, 8–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1998 Portugal International Denmark Niels Christian Kaldau 16–18, 9–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1997 Irish International Sweden Daniel Eriksson 15–12, 15–4 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1993 Irish International Sweden Tomas Johansson Walkover 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1993 Welsh International England Peter Knowles 14–17, 15–6, 15–5 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1992 Wimbledon Open England Anders Nielsen 15–8, 15–12 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1991 Scottish Open Sweden Jens Olsson 11–15, 15–9, 15–1 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1988 Welsh International 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1986 Welsh International 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1985 Welsh International 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1984 Victor Cup Indonesia Lius Pongoh 6–15, 2–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1984 Welsh International Denmark Morten Frost 2–15, 6–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1982 Portugal International England Ray Stevens Scotland Billy Gilliland
Scotland Dan Travers
15–13, 15–8 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner

References

  1. ^ ""Hall takes title for sixth time." Times, 8 Feb. 1993, p. 24". Times Digital Archives.
  2. ^ "Badminton England Facts and Records" (PDF). Badminton England. Retrieved 10 June 2019.
  3. ^ "Darren Hall". Commonwealth Games Federation. Retrieved 10 June 2019.