Sangob Rattanusorn
Personal information

Sangob Rattanusorn (born 1943) is a former badminton player from Thailand who won numerous titles and represented his country in team play from the early 1960s through the early 1970s.

Career

A fine "all-arounder" (proficient in all three events: singles, men's doubles, and mixed doubles), Rattanusorn won eight Thai national singles titles between 1962 and 1970, and the Southeast Asian Peninsular singles title in 1967.[1] Outside of Asia, his most significant victories came in doubles events. He shared the U.S. Open mixed doubles title with England's Margaret Barrand in 1963, and the Canadian Open mixed doubles title with the USA's Lois Alston in 1968.[2] In 1968 he also won the Canadian Open and Dutch Open men's doubles titles,[3] and reached the men's doubles semifinal at the All-England Championships with fellow countryman Chavalert Chumkum. Perhaps the best year in his badminton career, however, came toward the end of it in 1973, when he helped Thailand to a surprise victory over Malaysia in the Asian zone final of Thomas Cup[4] before bowing to perennial champion Indonesia in the inter-zone ties.

Achievements

Asian Games

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1970 Kittikachorn Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand Malaysia Punch Gunalan 17–18, 10–15
Bronze

Asian Championships

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1965 Lucknow, India India Dinesh Khanna 3–15, 11–15
Silver
1969 Manila, Philippines Indonesia Muljadi 10–15, 3–15
Bronze

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1962 Stadium Negara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Thailand Sanguan Anandhanonda Malaysia Tan Yee Khan
Malaysia Ng Boon Bee
7–15, 10–15
Bronze
1965 Lucknow, India Thailand Tuly Ulao Malaysia Tan Yee Khan
Thailand Temshakdi Mahakonok
12–15, 18–15, 8–15
Bronze

Southeast Asian Peninsular Games

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1965 Singapore Badminton Stadium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Malaysia Tan Aik Huang 7–15, 15–7, 7–15
Silver
1967 Bangkok, Thailand Thailand Somsook Boonyasukhanonda
Gold

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1967 Bangkok, Thailand Thailand Chavalert Chumkum Malaysia Tan Yee Khan
Malaysia Ng Boon Bee
11–15, 10–15
Bronze
1973 Singapore Badminton Stadium, Singapore City, Singapore Thailand Bandid Jaiyen Malaysia Punch Gunalan
Malaysia Dominic Soong
15–10, 18–15
Gold

International tournaments

Men's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
1963 Malaysia Open Malaysia Yew Cheng Hoe 9–15, 11–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1966 Malaysia Open Thailand Chavalert Chumkum Malaysia Eddy Choong
Malaysia Tan Aik Huang
14–17, 12–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1968 Dutch Open Thailand Chavalert Chumkum Denmark Erland Kops
Denmark Tom Bacher
9–15, 15–1, 15–9 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1968 German Open Thailand Chavalert Chumkum Malaysia Tan Yee Khan
Malaysia Ng Boon Bee
9–15, 2–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1968 Canada Open Thailand Chavalert Chumkum Canada Wayne Macdonnell
Canada Rolf Paterson
15–12, 15–11 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1968 Singapore Open Thailand Chavalert Chumkum Malaysia Tan Yee Khan
Malaysia Ng Boon Bee
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1972 Denmark Open Thailand Bandid Jaiyen Malaysia Punch Gunalan
Malaysia Ng Boon Bee
6–15, 6–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1963 US Open England Margaret Barrand United States Joe Alston
United States Lois Alston
1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1968 Canada Open United States Lois Alston Thailand Channarong Ratanaseangsuang
United States Tyna Barinaga
15–11, 15–7 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1968 Singapore Open Thailand Pachara Pattabongse Denmark Svend Andersen
Japan Noriko Takagi
8–15, 11–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up

References

  1. ^ Herbert Scheele ed., The International Badminton Federation Handbook for 1971 (Canterbury, Kent, England: J. A. Jennings Ltd., 1971) 303, 335.
  2. ^ Scheele, 314, 138.
  3. ^ Scheele, 137, 246.
  4. ^ Jack Van Praag, "National and International News," Badminton USA, May 1973, 10.