Kang Kyung-jin
Personal information
CountrySouth Korea
Born (1973-03-24) 24 March 1973 (age 49)
Height1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Weight68 kg (150 lb)[1]
HandednessLeft[2]
EventMen's & mixed doubles
BWF profile

Kang Kyung-jin (Hangul: 강경진; Hanja: 姜京珍; born 24 March 1973[3]) is a former badminton player and coach from South Korea. He was the men's doubles champion at the 1997 All England Open and 1998 Asian Championships. He competed at the 1996 Summer Olympics.[4]

Early life

The left-handler Kang Kyung-jin, began to play badminton when he was in the third grade of Dongdaegu Elementary School, recognized by his teacher who is also a badminton coach in a club. In the beginning, he wants to be a baseball player, following his father who was also a baseball player.[2]

Career

As a player, Kang was best known for winning the 1997 All England Open men's doubles title with Ha Tae-kwon. In the same year, Kang and Ha also won major titles at the Swedish Open and the Korea Open and the following year, they won the Badminton Asia Championships. In the 1994 Asian Games, he won two silver medals, in mixed doubles and in the men's team event.

Coach

Kang graduated from Inha University, and after that he started his career as a coach in Gangnam-gu office team. He later was selected to join the national team as men's doubles coach in 2003, and took part at the Summer Olympics from 2004–2016, with his best achievements was managed to lead Ha Tae-kwon and Kim Dong-moon to win a gold medal in 2004.[2] He spent one year as the head coach of the national junior team, and then Kang was named as the head coach of the senior national team in December 2016, with his term to run from 1 January 2017 to 30 October 2018.[5] Following the Korean team's disappointing results at the 2018 Asian Games, Kang with some of Korean coaching staff were fired by the Badminton Korea Association (BKA). In September 2019, he was hired to join Chinese national team coaching staff, and made a history in China badminton as the first foreign coach on their team.[6]

Personal life

Kang wife, Park Soo-yun, is also a former badminton player.[7]

Achievements

World Championships

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1991 Brøndby Arena, Copenhagen, Denmark South Korea Shim Eun-jung Denmark Thomas Lund
Denmark Pernille Dupont
7–15, 17–15, 7–15
Bronze
Bronze

Asian Games

Mixed doubles

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

Asian Championships

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1996 Pancasila Hall, Surabaya, Indonesia South Korea Ha Tae-kwon Indonesia Ade Sutrisna
Indonesia Candra Wijaya
8–15, 17–15, 11–15
Silver
Silver
1998 Nimibutr Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand South Korea Ha Tae-kwon China Zhang Jun
China Zhang Wei
12–15, 15–11, 15–13
Gold
Gold

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1996 Pancasila Hall, Surabaya, Indonesia South Korea Kim Mee-hyang Indonesia Tri Kusharjanto
Indonesia Lili Tampi
1–15, 6–15
Silver
Silver

Asian Cup

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1996 Olympic Gymnasium No. 2, Seoul, South Korea South Korea Kim Mee-hyang South Korea Park Joo-bong
South Korea Ra Kyung-min
6–15, 8–15
Silver
Silver

East Asian Games

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1993 Shanghai, China South Korea Kim Chul-joong China Huang Zhanzhong
China Liu Di
5–15, 15–6, 7–15
Bronze
Bronze

IBF World Grand Prix

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

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1995 Swedish Open South Korea Kim Dong-moon Sweden Peter Axelsson
Sweden Pär-Gunnar Jönsson
5–15, 9–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1995 Canadian Open South Korea Ha Tae-kwon South Korea Kim Dong-moon
South Korea Yoo Yong-sung
12–15, 15–6, 15–8 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1995 Hong Kong Open South Korea Ha Tae-kwon Indonesia Rudy Gunawan
Indonesia Bambang Suprianto
17–15, 12–15, 15–3 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1996 Thailand Open South Korea Ha Tae-kwon Indonesia Sigit Budiarto
Indonesia Candra Wijaya
11–15, 15–10, 12–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1997 Korea Open South Korea Ha Tae-kwon Malaysia Cheah Soon Kit
Malaysia Yap Kim Hock
4–15, 15–3, 15–5 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1997 Swedish Open South Korea Ha Tae-kwon Sweden Peter Axelsson
Sweden Pär-Gunnar Jönsson
15–3, 15–11 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1997 All England Open South Korea Ha Tae-kwon Denmark Jon Holst-Christensen
Denmark Michael Søgaard
15–11, 17–16 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2001 U.S. Open South Korea Park Young-duk Japan Yousuke Nakanishi
Japan Shinya Ohtsuka
7–0, 7–3, 7–3 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner


Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1995 Canadian Open South Korea Kim Mee-hyang South Korea Kim Dong-moon
South Korea Gil Young-ah
7–15, 8–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up

IBF International

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2005 Canadian International South Korea Han Sung-wook South Korea Jung Sung-gyun
South Korea Park Young-sang
15–12, 15–13 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2005 Canadian International South Korea Ha Jung-eun South Korea Han Sung-wook
South Korea Joo Hyun-hee
15–12, 15–13 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner

References

  1. ^ a b Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Gang Gyeong-Jin". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 12 August 2020.
  2. ^ a b c "강경진 국가대표 감독과 지도자 선발". www.ibadmintonnews.com (in Korean). 3 January 2017. Retrieved 12 August 2020.
  3. ^ "BKA tournament personnel data". Badminton Korea Association. Retrieved 17 February 2020.
  4. ^ "Kang Kyung-jin". Olympedia. Retrieved 27 May 2020.
  5. ^ Choi, In-young (29 December 2016). "National Badminton Team: New Start with Kang Kyung-jin as Head Coach". Yonhap. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  6. ^ Hearn, Don (2 September 2019). "Historic change for Team China announced in Korean media". www.badzine.net. Retrieved 12 August 2020.
  7. ^ "왜 힘들게 국가대표 코치를 하냐구요? 강경진 코치 인터뷰". badmintonkorea.co.kr (in Korean). 27 April 2011. Retrieved 12 August 2020.