Rudy Gunawan
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Personal information
Birth nameGunawan[1]
CountryIndonesia
Born (1966-12-31) 31 December 1966 (age 55)
Surakarta, Central Java, Indonesia
ResidenceOrange County, California, United States[1]
Height6 ft 2 in (1.905 m)
HandednessRight
CoachRudy Hartono, Christian Hadinata
Men's & mixed doubles
Highest ranking1 (1995)
BWF profile

Rudy Gunawan (Chinese: 郭宏源; born 31 December 1966) is a former Indonesian badminton player who played between 1980s and 1990s. He is arguably one of the best doubles players ever to play for Indonesia. Rudy Gunawan won various international championships, both in the men's doubles and mixed doubles events. He has paired up with players such as Eddy Hartono, Rosiana Tendean, Bambang Suprianto, and Ricky Subagja. He was on the Thomas Cup team of Indonesia five times (1988, 1990, 1992, 1994, and 1996) but only won gold in 1994 and 1996. In addition, he helped strengthen the Indonesian team in the race for 1989 Sudirman Cup.

Rudy twice competed in the Summer Olympics. In the 1992 Olympics, Rudy and Eddy won a silver medal following the defeat in the final match to South Korean pair Park Joo-bong and Kim Moon-soo. In the 1996 Olympics, Rudy and Bambang pair lost in the round of 16.

Career

Rudy Gunawan was member of world champion Indonesian Thomas Cup (men's international) teams in 1994 and 1996, winning his final round match on both occasions. He won men's doubles at the 1993 IBF World Championships in Birmingham, England with Ricky Subagja. However, he shared most of his international men's doubles titles with two other fellow countrymen, Eddy Hartono and Bambang Suprianto. These included the prestigious All-England title in 1992 and 1994, the World Badminton Grand Prix in 1990 and 1993, the Southeast Asian Games in 1991; as well as the Indonesia (1989, 1992, 1995), Dutch (1989, 1991), Singapore (1990), Thailand (1991, 1993), China (1993), Chinese Taipei (1994), and U.S. (1995) Opens. Gunawan was a silver medalist at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona with Eddy Hartono. He also shared a number international mixed doubles titles, including victories at the Indonesia (1990, 1993), Hong Kong (1993), Polish (1993) Opens and World Cup for 3 years running (1990 - 1991).

Achievements

Olympic Games

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1992 Pavelló de la Mar Bella, Barcelona, Spain Indonesia Eddy Hartono South Korea Kim Moon-soo
South Korea Park Joo-bong
11–15, 7–15
Silver medal.svg
Silver

World Championships

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1989 Senayan Sports Complex, Jakarta, Indonesia Indonesia Eddy Hartono China Chen Hongyong
China Chen Kang
11–15, 7–15
Bronze
Bronze
1993 National Indoor Arena, Birmingham, England Indonesia Ricky Subagja Malaysia Cheah Soon Kit
Malaysia Soo Beng Kiang
15–11, 15–3
Gold
Gold

World Cup

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1988 National Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand Indonesia Eddy Hartono China Li Yongbo
China Tian Bingyi
15–8, 5–15, 11–15
Bronze
Bronze
1989 Guangzhou Gymnasium, Guangzhou, China Indonesia Eddy Hartono China Li Yongbo
China Tian Bingyi
4–15, 5–15
Bronze
Bronze
1990 Istora Senayan, Jakarta, Indonesia Indonesia Eddy Hartono Malaysia Jalani Sidek
Malaysia Razif Sidek
17–14, 8–15, 7–15
Silver
Silver
1994 Phan Dinh Phung Indoor Stadium,
Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Indonesia Bambang Suprianto Malaysia Cheah Soon Kit
Malaysia Soo Beng Kiang
13–18, 15–2, 16–17
Silver
Silver

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1990 Istora Senayan, Jakarta, Indonesia Indonesia Rosiana Tendean Denmark Jan Paulsen
England Gillian Gowers
11–15, 15–9, 15–3
Gold
Gold
1991 Macau Forum, Macau Indonesia Rosiana Tendean Denmark Thomas Lund
Denmark Pernille Dupont
15–10, 15–9
Gold
Gold
1992 Guangzhou Gymnasium, Guangzhou, China Indonesia Rosiana Tendean Denmark Jan Paulsen
England Gillian Gowers
17–15, 15–9
Gold
Gold

Asian Games

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1990 Beijing Gymnasium, Beijing, China Indonesia Eddy Hartono South Korea Kim Moon-soo
South Korea Park Joo-bong
10–15, 8–15
Bronze
Bronze

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1990 Beijing Gymnasium, Beijing, China Indonesia Rosiana Tendean South Korea Park Joo-bong
South Korea Chung Myung-hee
9–15, 4–15
Bronze
Bronze
1994 Tsuru Memorial Gymnasium, Hiroshima, Japan Indonesia Eliza Nathanael South Korea Yoo Yong-sung
South Korea Chung So-young
7–15, 6–15
Bronze
Bronze

Asian Cup

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1995 Xinxing Gymnasium, Qingdao, China Indonesia Bambang Suprianto Malaysia Cheah Soon Kit
Malaysia Yap Kim Hock
6–15, 14–17
Bronze
Bronze

Southeast Asian Games

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1989 Stadium Negara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Indonesia Eddy Hartono Malaysia Jalani Sidek
Malaysia Razif Sidek
15–11, 15–12
Gold
Gold
1991 Camp Crame Gymnasium, Manila, Philippines Indonesia Eddy Hartono Malaysia Jalani Sidek
Malaysia Razif Sidek
15–11, 15–6
Gold
Gold
1993 Singapore Badminton Hall, Singapore Indonesia Denny Kantono Malaysia Cheah Soon Kit
Malaysia Soo Beng Kiang
2–15, 15–12, 14–17
Bronze
Bronze

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1993 Singapore Badminton Hall, Singapore Indonesia Eliza Nathanael Indonesia Denny Kantono
Indonesia Minarti Timur
15–6, 18–15
Gold
Gold

IBF World Grand Prix (19 titles, 19 runners-up)

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

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1987 Dutch Open Indonesia Bambang Subagio Denmark Mark Christiansen
Sweden Stefan Karlsson
8–15, 2–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1988 Dutch Open Indonesia Eddy Hartono Denmark Michael Kjeldsen
Denmark Jens Peter Nierhoff
12–15, 15–7, 4–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1988 World Grand Prix Finals Indonesia Eddy Hartono Malaysia Jalani Sidek
Malaysia Razif Sidek
15–10, 6–15, 8–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1989 All England Open Indonesia Eddy Hartono South Korea Lee Sang-bok
South Korea Park Joo-bong
8–15, 7–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1989 Dutch Open Indonesia Eddy Hartono Denmark Jan Paulsen
Denmark Henrik Svarrer
15–11, 15–2 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1989 Indonesia Open Indonesia Eddy Hartono Malaysia Jalani Sidek
Malaysia Razif Sidek
15–9, 15–7 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1990 Singapore Open Indonesia Eddy Hartono China Li Yongbo
China Tian Bingyi
15–4, 15–8 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1990 World Grand Prix Finals Indonesia Eddy Hartono Malaysia Cheah Soon Kit
Malaysia Soo Beng Kiang
15–6, 15–8 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1991 Indonesia Open Indonesia Eddy Hartono South Korea Kim Moon-soo
South Korea Park Joo-bong
15–18, 13–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1991 Dutch Open Indonesia Eddy Hartono Denmark Jan Paulsen
Denmark Henrik Svarrer
15–2, 15–11 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1991 German Open Indonesia Eddy Hartono Denmark Jon Holst-Christensen
Denmark Thomas Lund
15–9, 15–11 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1991 Thailand Open Indonesia Eddy Hartono Malaysia Cheah Soon Kit
Malaysia Soo Beng Kiang
15–3, 15–11 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1992 All England Open Indonesia Eddy Hartono Denmark Jan Paulsen
Denmark Henrik Svarrer
15–10, 15–12 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1992 Indonesia Open Indonesia Eddy Hartono Indonesia Rexy Mainaky
Indonesia Ricky Subagja
15–12, 15–5 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1992 German Open Indonesia Bambang Suprianto Denmark Jon Holst-Christensen
Denmark Thomas Lund
6–15, 15–2, 9–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1993 Thailand Open Indonesia Bambang Suprianto Indonesia Imay Hendra
Indonesia Dicky Purwotjugiono
15–5, 15–7 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1993 Japan Open Indonesia Bambang Suprianto China Chen Hongyong
China Chen Kang
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1993 China Open Indonesia Bambang Suprianto China Chen Hongyong
China Chen Kang
15–12, 15–12 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1993 World Grand Prix Finals Indonesia Bambang Suprianto Indonesia Rexy Mainaky
Indonesia Ricky Subagja
11–15, 15–10, 15–9 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1994 Chinese Taipei Open Indonesia Bambang Suprianto Denmark Jens Eriksen
Denmark Christian Jakobsen
15–1, 15–8 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1994 All England Open Indonesia Bambang Suprianto Indonesia Rexy Mainaky
Indonesia Ricky Subagja
15–12, 15–12 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1994 Indonesia Open Indonesia Bambang Suprianto Indonesia Rexy Mainaky
Indonesia Ricky Subagja
15–10, 4–15, 15–18 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1994 Hong Kong Open Indonesia Bambang Suprianto Indonesia Rexy Mainaky
Indonesia Ricky Subagja
12–15, 17–14, 7–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1994 World Grand Prix Finals Indonesia Bambang Suprianto Indonesia Rexy Mainaky
Indonesia Ricky Subagja
10–15, 7–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1995 Japan Open Indonesia Bambang Suprianto Indonesia Rexy Mainaky
Indonesia Ricky Subagja
8–15, 9–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1995 Indonesia Open Indonesia Bambang Suprianto Indonesia Antonius Ariantho
Indonesia Denny Kantono
15–12, 15–9 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1995 U.S. Open Indonesia Bambang Suprianto China Huang Zhanzhong
China Jiang Xin
15–3, 15–10 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1995 Hong Kong Open Indonesia Bambang Suprianto South Korea Ha Tae-kwon
South Korea Kang Kyung-jin
15–17, 15–12, 3–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1995 World Grand Prix Finals Indonesia Bambang Suprianto Malaysia Cheah Soon Kit
Malaysia Yap Kim Hock
18–13, 2–15, 12–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1996 Japan Open Indonesia Bambang Suprianto Indonesia Rexy Mainaky
Indonesia Ricky Subagja
8–15, 15–12, 12–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1988 Denmark Open Indonesia Lilik Sudarwati Denmark Jesper Knudsen
Denmark Nettie Nielsen
7–15, 4–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1989 Dutch Open Indonesia Rosiana Tendean Indonesia Eddy Hartono
Indonesia Verawaty Fadjrin
5–15, 5–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1989 German Open Indonesia Rosiana Tendean Denmark Jan Paulsen
England Gillian Gowers
16–18, 8–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1989 Indonesia Open Indonesia Rosiana Tendean Indonesia Eddy Hartono
Indonesia Verawaty Fadjrin
7–15, 2–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1990 Indonesia Open Indonesia Rosiana Tendean Indonesia Aryono Miranat
Indonesia Erma Sulistianingsih
15–5, 11–15, 15–4 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1993 French Open Indonesia Rosiana Tendean Indonesia Aryono Miranat
Indonesia Eliza Nathanael
7–15, 12–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1993 Indonesia Open Indonesia Rosiana Tendean Indonesia Paulus Firman
Indonesia S. Herawati
15–7, 15–3 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1993 Hong Kong Open Indonesia Rosiana Tendean Indonesia Aryono Miranat
Indonesia Rosalina Riseu
15–12, 15–6 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
  IBF Grand Prix tournament
  IBF Grand Prix Finals tournament

IBF International (1 title, 1 runner-up)

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1989 Konica Cup Indonesia Eddy Hartono Malaysia Jalani Sidek
Malaysia Razif Sidek
12–15, 8–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1993 Polish International Indonesia Rosiana Tendean Indonesia Paulus Firman
Indonesia S. Herawati
15–8, 15–3 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner

After badminton

Gunawan retired from competitive badminton following the 1996 season, and turned to Christian ministry work in Indonesian villages. In 1999, he went to California for study and received a B.A. degree in theology from Promise Christian University. He is currently serving as a senior pastor in both the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas. Although he has retired from the Indonesian badminton team, he has not retired from the sport. As of 2014, he currently is a coach at the Orange County Badminton Club located in Orange County, California and is also a coach of the USA national badminton team. Not only does he coach, but he is also a professional player again making a comeback into professional badminton with partner Ryan Chew. As of 2015 he currently ranked 132 in men's doubles.

Family

Gunawan married to Febijane N. Lumingkewas on 11 December 1992 and have 5 children; 4 boys and 1 girl.

His grandma Fifi Young was an Indonesian actress of mixed French and Chinese and grandpa Njoo Cheong Seng was a Chinese-Indonesian playwright and film director.

References

  1. ^ a b "Di Amerika, Gunawan Bertemu "Manusia Ular"". Kompas (in Indonesian). 27 August 2013. Retrieved 29 August 2020.