Li Yongbo
李永波
Li Yonbgo portrait.jpg
Personal information
CountryChina
Born (1962-09-18) September 18, 1962 (age 59)
Dalian, Liaoning, China
EventMen's doubles

Li Yongbo (Chinese: 李永波; pinyin: Lǐ Yǒngbō; born September 18, 1962) is a retired Chinese male badminton player and the former head coach of Chinese National Badminton Team.

Career

As a player, he was a men's doubles specialist noted for his quickness, reflexes, and power. From the mid-1980s to the early 1990s he shared numerous international titles with his regular partner Tian Bingyi. They were contemporaries and rivals of the famous Korean pair Park Joo-bong and Kim Moon-soo, largely dividing badminton's biggest doubles events between them for about eight seasons. Among many other tournaments around the world Li and Tian captured the (then biennial) World Championships in 1987 and 1989, the prestigious All-England Championships in 1987, 1988, and 1991, and the Danish Open in 1985, 1987, 1989, 1990, and 1991.[1][2][3] They also played on Chinese Thomas Cup (men's international) teams that won consecutive world team titles in 1986, 1988, and 1990. Late in their partnership they won a bronze medal in men's doubles at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona.

As the Chinese badminton women's doubles coach during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, his players were banned from competition for "tanking" their match against South Korea, who won the match but were also banned similarly[4] (as were the Indonesian women's doubles team). Li has admitted his role in the scandal; insiders say Li used fear tactics and intimidation to a strategic advantage in national and Olympic competition.[citation needed] By losing, his team would have avoided playing another Chinese team.

Following the conclusion of the Rio Olympics, where China won two gold medals, he stood down in 2017.[4]

Achievements

Olympic Games

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1988 Seoul National University Gymnasium, Seoul, South Korea (exhibition) China Tian Bingyi South Korea Lee Sang-bok
South Korea Lee Kwang Jin
15–11, 15–7
Gold medal.svg
Gold
1992 Pavelló de la Mar Bella, Barcelona, Spain China Tian Bingyi Indonesia Rudy Gunawan
Indonesia Eddy Hartono
9–15, 8–15
Bronze medal.svg
Bronze

World Championships

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1985 Olympic Saddledome, Calgary, Canada China Tian Bingyi South Korea Park Joo-bong
South Korea Kim Moon-soo
15–5, 7–15, 9–15
Silver
Silver
1987 Capital Indoor Stadium, Beijing, China China Tian Bingyi Malaysia Razif Sidek
Malaysia Jalani Sidek
15–2, 8–15, 15–9
Gold
Gold
1989 Senayan Sports Complex, Jakarta, Indonesia China Tian Bingyi China Chen Kang
China Chen Hongyong
15–3, 15–12
Gold
Gold
1991 Brøndby Arena, Copenhagen, Denmark China Tian Bingyi Denmark Jon Holst-Christensen
Denmark Thomas Lund
7–15, 9–15
Bronze
Bronze

World Cup

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1984 Senayan Sports Complex, Jakarta, Indonesia China Tian Bingyi Indonesia Liem Swie King
Indonesia Hariamanto Kartono
8–15, 1–15
Silver
Silver
1985 Senayan Sports Complex, Jakarta, Indonesia China Tian Bingyi Indonesia Liem Swie King
Indonesia Hariamanto Kartono
11–15, 15–11, 11–15
Silver
Silver
1987 Stadium Negara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia China Tian Bingyi South Korea Park Joo-bong
South Korea Kim Moon-soo
6–15, 15–6, 11–15
Silver
Silver
1988 National Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand China Tian Bingyi Malaysia Razif Sidek
Malaysia Jalani Sidek
Walkover
Gold
Gold
1989 Guangzhou Gymnasium, Guangzhou, China China Tian Bingyi South Korea Park Joo-bong
South Korea Kim Moon-soo
10–15, 11–15
Silver
Silver
1990 Istora Senayan, Jakarta, Indonesia China Tian Bingyi Malaysia Razif Sidek
Malaysia Jalani Sidek
12–15, 3–15
Bronze
Bronze
1991 Macau Forum, Macau, China China Tian Bingyi South Korea Park Joo-bong
South Korea Kim Moon-soo
16–17, 14–17
Bronze
Bronze

Asian Games

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1986 Olympic Gymnastics Arena, Seoul, South Korea China Tian Bingyi South Korea Park Joo-bong
South Korea Kim Moon-soo
8–15, 10–15
Silver
Silver
1990 Beijing Gymnasium, Beijing, China China Tian Bingyi South Korea Park Joo-bong
South Korea Kim Moon-soo
15–8, 15–4
Gold
Gold

IBF World Grand Prix (27 titles, 8 runners-up)

The World Badminton Grand Prix sanctioned by International Badminton Federation (IBF) since from 1983 to 2006.

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1984 Denmark Open China Tian Bingyi Denmark Morten Frost
Denmark Jens Peter Nierhoff
15–7, 15–2 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1985 German Open China Ding Qiqing China Zhang Xinguang
China Tian Bingyi
15–5, 12–15, 15–7 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner.
1985 Denmark Open China Tian Bingyi Malaysia Razif Sidek
Malaysia Jalani Sidek
17–14, 15–8 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1985 Swedish Open China Ding Qiqing Sweden Thomas Kihlström
Sweden Stefan Karlsson
15–12, 14–18, 18–15 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1985 Indonesia Open China Tian Bingyi Indonesia Liem Swie King
Indonesia Hariamanto Kartono
5–15, 10–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1986 China Open China Tian Bingyi China Huang Zhen
China Chen Hongyong
15–6, 15–8 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1986 Denmark Open China Tian Bingyi England Dipak Tailor
England Martin Dew
15–9, 15–3 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1986 English Masters China Tian Bingyi England Dipak Tailor
England Martin Dew
11–15, 15–5, 15–11 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1987 Scandinavian Open China Tian Bingyi Denmark Michael Kjeldsen
Denmark Jens Peter Nierhoff
15–2, 15–11 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1987 All England Open China Tian Bingyi Indonesia Bobby Ertanto
Indonesia Rudy Heryanto
15–9, 15–8 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1987 China Open China Tian Bingyi China Zhang Qiang
China Zhou Jincan
15–10, 15–6 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1987 Thailand Open China Tian Bingyi Indonesia Eddy Hartono
Indonesia Liem Swie King
15–13, 15–11 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1987 Malaysia Open China Tian Bingyi Malaysia Razif Sidek
Malaysia Jalani Sidek
Walkover 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1987 World Grand Prix Finals China Tian Bingyi China Zhang Qiang
China Zhou Jincan
15–9, 15–4 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1988 Japan Open China Tian Bingyi South Korea Park Joo-bong
South Korea Kim Moon-soo
18–15, 15–4 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1988 Swedish Open China Tian Bingyi China Chen Kang
China Chen Hongyong
Walkover 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1988 All England Open China Tian Bingyi Malaysia Razif Sidek
Malaysia Jalani Sidek
15–6, 15–7 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1988 Thailand Open China Tian Bingyi Malaysia Razif Sidek
Malaysia Rashid Sidek
15–3, 15–5 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1988 China Open China Tian Bingyi China Chen Kang
China Chen Hongyong
13–15, 15–8, 15–3 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1988 English Masters China Tian Bingyi Malaysia Razif Sidek
Malaysia Jalani Sidek
15–11, 15–4 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1988 Denmark Open China Tian Bingyi Malaysia Razif Sidek
Malaysia Jalani Sidek
15–6, 8–15, 15–4 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1988 Malaysia Open China Tian Bingyi Malaysia Razif Sidek
Malaysia Jalani Sidek
15–12, 15–12 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1989 Swedish Open China Tian Bingyi South Korea Park Joo-bong
South Korea Lee Sang-bok
17–14, 15–2 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1989 French Open China Tian Bingyi China Huang Zhen
China He Xiangyang
15–3, 15–6 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1989 Denmark Open China Tian Bingyi Malaysia Razif Sidek
Malaysia Jalani Sidek
15–10, 15–11 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1989 World Grand Prix Finals China Tian Bingyi Malaysia Razif Sidek
Malaysia Jalani Sidek
9–15, 5–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1990 Japan Open China Tian Bingyi South Korea Park Joo-bong
South Korea Kim Moon-soo
15–3, 16–17, 13–18 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1990 Swedish Open China Tian Bingyi Malaysia Razif Sidek
Malaysia Jalani Sidek
15–7, 15–9 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1990 All England Open China Tian Bingyi South Korea Park Joo-bong
South Korea Kim Moon-soo
14–17, 9–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1990 Singapore Open China Tian Bingyi Indonesia Eddy Hartono
Indonesia Rudy Gunawan
4–15, 8–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1990 Denmark Open China Tian Bingyi Denmark Jesper Knudsen
Denmark Thomas Stuer-Lauridsen
15–8, 15–6 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1991 All England Open China Tian Bingyi South Korea Park Joo-bong
South Korea Kim Moon-soo
12–15, 15–7, 15–8 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1991 China Open China Tian Bingyi China Huang Zhanzhong
China Zheng Yumin
15–8, 15–10 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1992 Korea Open China Tian Bingyi South Korea Park Joo-bong
South Korea Kim Moon-soo
10–15, 10–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1992 Japan Open China Tian Bingyi China Chen Kang
China Chen Hongyong
15–10, 8–15, 10–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up

References

  1. ^ :::Internationalbadminton.org::: Archived 2008-05-17 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ [1][permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Denmark Open". Archived from the original on 2007-12-28. Retrieved 2008-03-14.
  4. ^ a b Chan, Kin-wa (11 April 2017). "Legendary Chinese badminton coach Li Yongbo to step down as head after 24 years". South China Morning Post. Hong Kong. Retrieved 21 November 2018.