Jang Hye-ock
Personal information
Country South Korea
Born (1977-02-09) 9 February 1977 (age 44)
Jeonju, North Jeolla Province, South Korea
Height1.60 m (5 ft 3 in)
HandednessRight
Women's & mixed doubles
Highest ranking1 (WD with Gil Young-ah August 1995)
BWF profile

Jang Hye-ock (Korean장혜옥; Hanja張惠玉; born 9 February 1977) was a badminton player from South Korea who affiliate with Chungnam Provincial office team.[1] She won the gold medal at the 1995 IBF World Championships in women's doubles, playing with Gil Young-ah. At 18 years, 3 months, and 19 days, she was the youngest player ever to win a World Championship title, in any discipline.[2] The same year she won the 1995 All England Open Badminton Championships. She reached a career high as women's doubles world number 1 with Gil in August 1995.[3] Jang competed at the 1996 Summer Olympics, and she won the silver medal in the women's doubles together with Gil Young-ah.

Career

Jang Hye-ock entered the national team in 1993, when she was in the second grade of Seongshim Girls' High School. Although, she has a small physique, Jang was excellent as play-maker, supporting with her power and spirit to compete. In February 1996, she undergo surgery for an enlarged rib and after recovered her injury, she competed at the 1996 Summer Olympics, won a silver medal in the women's doubles with Gil Young-ah.[4]

In 1998, after played two tournaments in Europe, she suffered a hip injury, and then she decided to left the national team and the international tournaments. After her retirement, she keep playing domestically for her local team and later for Jeonbuk Bank. She is now coaching in her alma mater, Seongshim Girls' High School. She did also coach the national junior team for about 3 years, back when Lee Yong-dae was on the team.[2]

Achievements

Olympic Games

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1996 GSU Sports Arena, Atlanta, United States South Korea Gil Young-ah China Ge Fei
China Gu Jun
5–15, 5–15
Silver

World Championships

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1995 Malley Sports Centre, Lausanne, Switzerland South Korea Gil Young-ah Indonesia Finarsih
Indonesia Lili Tampi
3–15, 15–11, 15–10
Gold

Asian Games

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1994 Tsuru Memorial Gymnasium, Hiroshima, Japan South Korea Shim Eun-jung South Korea Chung So-young
South Korea Gil Young-ah
15–9, 15–3
Gold

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1994 Tsuru Memorial Gymnasium, Hiroshima, Japan South Korea Kang Kyung-jin South Korea Yoo Yong-sung
South Korea Chung So-young
10–15, 12–15
Silver

Asian Championships

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1994 Shanghai Gymnasium, Shanghai, China South Korea Shim Eun-jung China Ge Fei
China Gu Jun
6–15, 8–15
Bronze

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1994 Shanghai Gymnasium, Shanghai, China South Korea Yoo Yong-sung China Wang Xiaoyuan
China Liu Jianjun
6–15, 15–6, 5–15
Bronze

Asian Cup

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1994 Beijing Gymnasium, Beijing, China South Korea Chung So-young China Chen Ying
China Wu Yuhong
15–9, 15–5
Gold
1995 Qingdao, China South Korea Gil Young-ah China Ge Fei
China Gu Jun
7–15, 17–18
Silver
1996 Olympic Gymnasium No. 2, Seoul, South Korea South Korea Chung So-young Indonesia Indarti Issolina
Indonesia Deyana Lomban
15–7, 15–8
Gold

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1994 Beijing Gymnasium, Beijing, China South Korea Yoo Yong-sung Indonesia Aryono Miranat
Indonesia Eliza Nathanael
10–15, 16–18
Bronze

IBF World Grand Prix

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

Women's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1994 Swedish Open South Korea Shim Eun-jung South Korea Chung So-young
South Korea Gil Young-ah
9–15, 11–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1994 All England Open South Korea Shim Eun-jung South Korea Chung So-young
South Korea Gil Young-ah
15–7, 8–15, 4–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1994 Hong Kong Open South Korea Shim Eun-jung China Ge Fei
China Gu Jun
15–11, 18–14 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1994 China Open South Korea Bang Soo-hyun China Ge Fei
China Gu Jun
8–15, 2–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1995 Korea Open South Korea Gil Young-ah China Ge Fei
China Gu Jun
15–13, 1–15, 15–11 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1995 All England Open South Korea Gil Young-ah Indonesia Eliza Nathanael
Indonesia Zelin Resiana
15–6, 15–3 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1995 Malaysia Open South Korea Gil Young-ah England Julie Bradbury
England Joanne Wright
10–15, 11–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1995 Singapore Open South Korea Gil Young-ah China Ge Fei
China Gu Jun
12–15, 7–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1995 U.S. Open South Korea Gil Young-ah South Korea Kim Mee-hyang
South Korea Kim Shin-young
15–9, 15–4 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1995 Canadian Open South Korea Gil Young-ah China Qin Yiyuan
China Tang Yongshu
15–10, 15–4 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1995 Hong Kong Open South Korea Gil Young-ah England Julie Bradbury
England Joanne Wright
17–15, 15–5 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1995 China Open South Korea Gil Young-ah China Ge Fei
China Gu Jun
12–15, 15–10, 3–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1995 Thailand Open South Korea Gil Young-ah China Ge Fei
China Gu Jun
18–17, 15–6 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1995 World Grand Prix Finals South Korea Gil Young-ah China Ge Fei
China Gu Jun
7–15, 12–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1996 Japan Open South Korea Gil Young-ah China Ge Fei
China Gu Jun
15–5, 14–17, 15–10 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1996 Korea Open South Korea Gil Young-ah South Korea Kim Mee-hyang
South Korea Kim Shin-young
11–15, 15–11, 15–4 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1998 Swedish Open South Korea Ra Kyung-min China Huang Nanyan
China Liu Zhong
15–12, 15–9 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1998 All England Open South Korea Ra Kyung-min China Ge Fei
China Gu Jun
7–15, 7–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1993 China Open South Korea Yoo Yong-sung China Chen Xingdong
China Sun Man
15–12, 9–15, 8–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1994 Swedish Open South Korea Yoo Yong-sung Netherlands Ron Michels
Netherlands Erica van den Heuvel
15–9, 10–15, 18–17 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner

References

  1. ^ "Tournament Personnel Data". www.koreabadminton.org. Badminton Korea Association. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  2. ^ a b Hearn, Don (18 November 2013). "Exclusive interview with the youngest ever badminton World Champion". www.badzine.net. Retrieved 13 August 2020.
  3. ^ "길영아.장혜옥組 세계랭킹 1위에-국제배드민턴聯 발표". JoongAng Ilbo (in Korean). 5 August 1995. Retrieved 13 August 2020.
  4. ^ "[스웨덴 배드민턴] 장혜옥, 투병재기의 셔틀콕". The Chosun Ilbo (in Korean). 5 March 1998. Retrieved 13 August 2020.