Hou Jiachang
侯加昌
Personal information
Birth nameHouw Ka-Tjong
CountryChina
Born1942 (age 79–80)
Semarang, Dutch East Indies
Retired1979
HandednessRight
Medal record
Men's badminton
Representing  China
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1978 Bangkok Men's doubles
Asian Games
Gold medal – first place 1974 Tehran Men's singles
Gold medal – first place 1974 Tehran Men's team
Silver medal – second place 1978 Bangkok Men's team
Bronze medal – third place 1978 Bangkok Men's doubles
Asian Championships
Gold medal – first place 1976 Hyderabad Men's singles
Silver medal – second place 1976 Hyderabad Men's team

Hou Jiachang (Chinese: 侯加昌; pinyin: Hóu Jiāchāng; born 1942) is a Chinese former badminton player, born in Dutch East Indies.[1][2]

Early life

Hou was introduced to the sport of Badminton by his father when he was 8 years old. After high school in Semarang, Hou went to China in 1960 for further studies at Guangzhou Sport University.

Career

It 1960, he joined the Guangdong provincial team. It was the time of Cultural Revolution in China and he rarely had any chance of competing in foreign tournaments. His first appearance at the International level came at GANEFO in 1963 where he won Men's doubles championship with Tang Xianhu and a silver medal at the singles event. In 1965, Chinese team visited Denmark and outlasted the top Danish players such as Erland Kops. In 1966, the Chinese whitewashed the Danish team 4–0 in front of 5,000 spectators in Beijing. In that friendly match, Hou partnered Fu Hanxun and won in straight games 15–6, 15–4 against Svend Pri and Per Walsøe.

In 1972, Hou became a member of CCP and joined the National Badminton Team. He participated at the First King Mahendra Memorial International Friendship which took place in Nepalese capital of Kathmandu, where he won singles as well doubles titles. In 1973, Hou along with his team went to England and dominated the English players, winning all the disciplines except Mixed doubles. Meeting the Danish players again in a friendly encounter in 1973, Chinese team won 10–0, where Hou defeated Svend Pri. He also defeated Punch Gunalan in a tie with Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur.

It was only in 1974 when IBF allowed Chinese players to compete in Asian Games held in Tehran. He emerged champion in Singles event, where he defeated his compatriot Fang Kaixiang and helped his team in winning the team event gold medal against Indonesia. At the age of 34, in 1976, Hou won the Asian Championship, defeating Liem Swie King in the final. He was crowned the Men's doubles World Champions in 1978 where he partnered Yu Yaodong and beat Thai pair in the final. He was felicitated with trophy by then Vice-Premier of China Deng Xiaoping after the match.

Coaching career

Hou retired in 1979 and was the head coach of the Chinese team until 1993. A three-time national champion, he is credited with 15 World Championship titles as well as 4 Thomas Cup conquests. He also coached United States' players in 1994.

Playing style

As described by Eddy Choong, Hou had an uncanny sense of anticipation plus a wide variety of strokes. His defence is impenetrable, very solid. And less of a power game.

Awards

In 1986, the International Badminton Federation honoured Hou Jiachang with the IBF Distinguished Service Award. Hou was inducted into the International Badminton Federation (IBF, currently BWF) Hall of Fame in 2002.

Achievements

World Championships

Men's doubles
Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1978 Bangkok, Thailand China Yu Yaodong Thailand Sawei Chanseorasmee
Thailand Sarit Pisudchaikul
18–15, 15–12
Gold
Gold

Asian Games

Men's singles
Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1974 Amjadieh Sport Complex, Tehran, Iran China Fang Kaixiang 15–12, 15–11
Gold
Gold
Men's doubles
Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1978 Bangkok, Thailand China Yu Yaodong Indonesia Ade Chandra
Indonesia Christian Hadinata
14–17, 7–15
Bronze
Bronze

Asian Championships

Men's singles
Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1976 Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium, Hyderabad,
India
Indonesia Liem Swie King 17–16, 15–9
Gold
Gold

Invitational Tournament

Men's singles
Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
1976 Asian Invitational Championships Indonesia Iie Sumirat 15–12, 8–15, 15–18
Silver
Silver
Men's doubles
Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1978 World Invitational Championships China Yu Yaodong China Lin Shiquan
China Tang Xianhu
7–15, 1–15
Silver
Silver

Book

References

  1. ^ "Hou Jiachang". Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 19 May 2022.
  2. ^ "侯加昌Hou Chia Chiang". Badminton China (in Simplified Chinese). Retrieved 19 May 2022.