Punch Gunalan
Personal information
CountryMalaysia
Born(1944-02-04)4 February 1944
Sepang, Selangor, Japanese Malaya
Died15 August 2012(2012-08-15) (aged 68)
Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
HandednessRight
EventMen's Singles & Men's Doubles

Datuk Punch Gunalan PSD BSD (4 February 1944 – 15 August 2012)[1][2] was a Malaysian badminton player, who achieved success in both singles and doubles competitions.

Badminton career

Gunalan was a talented right-hander who spent what might have been some of the best years of his playing career competing only sporadically as a student in England.

In early 70s, Gunalan and his partner, Ng Boon Bee became the leading men's doubles team in the world.[3] They captured gold at the biennial Asian Games (1970), at the quadrennial Commonwealth Games (1970), and at the Asian Championships (1969). They captured the venerable All England title in 1971.

Though perhaps less consistent in singles than he was in doubles, Gunalan was capable of playing it at the highest level. He reached the All-England singles final in 1974, losing in three close games to the iconic Rudy Hartono.[4] He also helped Malaysia to reach the Thomas Cup final in 1970. He is the only Malaysian to capture gold medals in both men's singles and men's doubles at the Sea Games, the Commonwealth Games, and the Asian Games.[5]

Post-retirement

After retiring as a player in 1974 Gunalan served in various stints as coach of the Malaysian team, an official in the Malaysian Badminton Association and as an official in the International Badminton Federation (now Badminton World Federation). In 1992, as team manager of the Thomas Cup together with Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) president Tan Sri Elyas Omar, Malaysia won the Thomas Cup beating Indonesia.[6]

Death

Gunalan died on 15 August 2012 after suffering from a critical illness. He was 68.[7]

Honours

Honours of Malaysia

Achievements

Olympic Games (demonstration)

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1972 Olympiapark, Munich, West Germany Malaysia Ng Boon Bee Indonesia Ade Chandra
Indonesia Christian Hadinata
4–15, 15–2, 11–15
Silver medal.svg
Silver

Asian Games

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1970 Kittikachorn Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand Indonesia Muljadi 4–15, 15–3, 15–12
Gold
Gold

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1970 Kittikachorn Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand Malaysia Ng Boon Bee Japan Junji Honma
Japan Shoichi Toganoo
5–15, 15–8, 15–7
Gold
Gold

Asian Championships

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1969 Rizal Stadium, Manila, Philippines Indonesia Muljadi 11–15, 3–15
Silver
Silver

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1969 Rizal Stadium, Manila, Philippines Malaysia Ng Boon Bee Japan Ippei Kojima
Japan Yukinori Hori
15–8, 5–15, 15–11
Gold
Gold

Southeast Asian Peninsular Games

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1969 Yangon, Myanmar Malaysia Yew Cheng Hoe Thailand Thongchai Phongful
Thailand Singha Siribanterng
Gold
Gold
1971 Stadium Negara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Malaysia Ng Boon Bee Malaysia Ng Tat Wai
Malaysia Ho Khim Kooi
Gold
Gold
1973 Singapore Badminton Stadium, Singapore City, Singapore Malaysia Dominic Soong Thailand Sangob Rattanusorn
Thailand Bandid Jaiyen
10–15, 15–18
Silver
Silver

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1969 Yangon, Myanmar Thailand Soon Akayapisud
Gold
Gold
1971 Stadium Negara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Malaysia Tan Aik Huang 12–15, 11–15
Silver
Silver
1973 Singapore Badminton Stadium, Singapore City, Singapore Malaysia Tan Aik Mong 15–8, 15–11
Gold
Gold

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1973 Singapore Badminton Stadium, Singapore City, Singapore Malaysia Sylvia Ng Singapore Yeo Ah Seng
Singapore Tan Chor Kiang
15–5, 15–6
Bronze
Bronze

Commonwealth Games

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1970 Edinburgh, Scotland Malaysia Ng Boon Bee Malaysia Ng Tat Wai
Malaysia Tan Soon Hoi
15–3, 15–3
Gold
Gold
1974 Cowles Stadium, Christchurch, New Zealand Malaysia Dominic Soong Scotland Bob McCoig
Scotland Fraser Gow
17–18, 15–5, 15–7
Bronze
Bronze

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1974 Cowles Stadium, Christchurch, New Zealand Canada Jamie Paulson 15–1, 15–6
Gold
Gold

International tournaments

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1966 Dutch Open Malaysia Oon Chong Hau Denmark Knud Aage Nielsen
Denmark Elo Hansen
15–4, 15–4 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1968 Northern Indian Malaysia Tan Yee Khan Indonesia Rudy Hartono
Indonesia Indratno
15–3, 6–15, 7–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1969 Singapore Pesta Malaysia Ng Boon Bee Indonesia Indratno
Indonesia Mintarja
15–5, 15–5 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1969 U.S. Open Malaysia Ng Boon Bee Japan Ippei Kojima
Thailand Channarong Ratanaseangsuang
15–3, 15–7 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1971 Poona Open Malaysia Ng Boon Bee Malaysia Lee Kok Pheng
Malaysia Lim Shook Kong
15–4, 15–5 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1971 German Open Malaysia Ng Boon Bee Germany Roland Maywald
Germany Willi Braun
15–12, 15–8 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1971 Denmark Open Malaysia Ng Boon Bee Indonesia Rudy Hartono
Indonesia Indra Gunawan
11–15, 15–4, 15–8 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1971 All England Malaysia Ng Boon Bee Indonesia Rudy Hartono
Indonesia Indra Gunawan
15–5, 15–3 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1971 Canada Open Malaysia Ng Boon Bee Thailand Raphi Kanchanaraphi
Thailand Channarong Ratanaseangsuang
15–0, 15–11 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1971 U.S. Open Malaysia Ng Boon Bee United States Don Paup
United States Jim Poole
2–15, 18–13, 15–7 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1972 Denmark Open Malaysia Ng Boon Bee Thailand Sangob Rattanusorn
Thailand Bandid Jaiyen
15–6, 15–6 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1972 German Open Malaysia Ng Boon Bee England Derek Talbot
England Elliot Stuart
15–9, 15–12 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1972 Singapore Open Malaysia Ng Boon Bee Malaysia Tan Aik Huang
Malaysia Tan Aik Mong
11–15, retired 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1974 Scottish Open Denmark Tom Bacher England Mike Tredgett
England Ray Stevens
1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner

Men's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
1974 All England Indonesia Rudy Hartono 15–8, 9–15, 10–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up

References

  1. ^ "Datuk Punch Gunalan". National Archives of Malaysia. Archived from the original on 2 October 2018. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
  2. ^ "Datuk Punch Gunalan". National Archives of Malaysia. Archived from the original on 2 October 2018. Retrieved 2 October 2018. (in Malay)
  3. ^ "Boon Bee recalls the joy of his partnership with Punch - Other Sports | The Star Online". www.thestar.com.my. Retrieved 16 January 2017.
  4. ^ "Hartono remembers Malaysian great as an uncompromising competitor - Other Sports | The Star Online". www.thestar.com.my. Retrieved 16 January 2017.
  5. ^ "Punch Gunalan answers your 10 questions - Business News | The Star Online". www.thestar.com.my. Retrieved 16 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Razif: 1992 Thomas Cup winning team had all-round depth - Community | The Star Online". www.thestar.com.my. Retrieved 16 January 2017.
  7. ^ "Punch Gunalan passes away". Retrieved 15 August 2012.