Sun Zhian
Personal information
Born1956 (age 67–68)
Suzhou, Jiangsu, China
Years active1971–1986
EventMen's doubles
Medal record
Men's badminton
Representing  China
World Games
Gold medal – first place 1981 Santa Clara Men's doubles
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1979 Hangzhou Men's doubles
Gold medal – first place 1979 Hangzhou Men's team
Thomas Cup
Gold medal – first place 1982 London Men's team
Silver medal – second place 1984 Kuala Lumpur Men's team
Asian Games
Gold medal – first place 1982 New Delhi Men's team
Asian Championships
Gold medal – first place 1983 Calcutta Men's team
Silver medal – second place 1976 Hyderabad Men's doubles
Silver medal – second place 1976 Hyderabad Men's team
Bronze medal – third place 1983 Calcutta Men's doubles
Bronze medal – third place 1976 Hyderabad Mixed doubles

Sun Zhian (Chinese: 孙志安; pinyin: Sūn Zhì'ān; born 1956) is a Chinese former badminton player and coach. He is the gold medalist in World Games in 1981 and a former World Champion.

Early life and career

Sun Zhian was born in 1956 in Suzhou, Jiangsu province. In 1970, 14-year-old Sun Zhian entered the junior high school of No. 32 Middle School in Suzhou. One day, Zhang Weidao, a physical education teacher, approached him and informed him that he was selected to go to Nanjing for a training camp. If he was qualified, he was expected to become a member of the Jiangsu badminton team. Sun started playing badminton at the age of 14 with no former training.

In 1971, 14-year-old Sun Zhian became the youngest member of the first batch of players in the Jiangsu provincial badminton team after three months of intensive training and selection. Sun used to train for 8 hours in a day. After the 1975 National Games, he was selected for the national training team. In 1978, he officially became a member of the Chinese national badminton team. With this, he also became the first badminton player from Jiangsu to be selected for the national team.

Sun Zhian partnered with Yao Ximing and won the 1979 WBF World Championships held in Hangzhou. With this, they retained the title for China in men's doubles category of the World Championships. He also won the fourth national games held in Beijing in September the same year, partnering Zhao Xinhua. He was felicitated by Vice Premier Deng Xiaoping after the match due to his World Championship victory in Hangzhou earlier in the year.[1][2]

Sun then won the 1981 World Games held in Santa Clara, United States with partner Yao Ximing. They defeated two strong Indonesian pairs in quarterfinals and semi-finals. In the final they beat the Swedish pair to win the gold medal.[3] He was the part of Chinese at the 1982 Thomas Cup held in London, United Kingdom. With his long time partner Yao Ximing, he played two matches in the final clash against the defending champions Indonesia. They won one match which proved instrumental in Chinese victory and hence claiming the Thomas Cup for the very first time which according to Sun Zhian himself was the most memorable moment of his entire career. He was also the member of Chinese team which won silver in the 1984 Thomas Cup campaign.[4]

Retirement and Coaching career

Sun retired in 1986 and officially became a coach in Jiangsu badminton team and went on to become the Head coach in 1992. As a coach he trained a group of outstanding players who went on to become World and Olympic champions, such as Sun Jun, Liu Yong, Ge Fei, Gu Jun, Cai Yun and Zhang Jun. He is also credited with 4 consecutive men's team championship titles for Jiangsu badminton team in the National Games of China. Sun Zhian officially retired as a coach in 2016.[5]


World Championships

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1979 Hangzhou,
China Yao Ximing China Luan Jin
China Yu Yaodong
15–9, 15–3 Gold Gold

World Games

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1981 San Jose Civic Auditorium, California, United States China Yao Ximing Sweden Stefan Karlsson
Sweden Thomas Kihlström
12–15, 15–4, 15–6 Gold Gold

Asian Championships

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1976 Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium, Hyderabad,
China Yao Ximing Indonesia Ade Chandra
Indonesia Tjun Tjun
Walkover Silver Silver
1983 Netaji Indoor Stadium, Calcutta, India China Zhao Jianhua South Korea Sung Han-kook
South Korea Yoo Byung-hwan
10–15, 6–15 Bronze Bronze

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1976 Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium, Hyderabad,
China Li Fang Bronze Bronze

Invitational tournament

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1977 Asian Invitational Championships China Yao Ximing China Hou Jiachang
China Yu Yaodong
Walkover Bronze Bronze


  1. ^ "孙志安 江苏省第一位世界冠军" [Sun Zhian, the first world champion in Jiangsu Province] (in Simplified Chinese). Government of Jiangsu. 22 June 2021. Retrieved 2 September 2023.
  2. ^ "China win two titles at WBF meet". The Straits Times. 21 June 1979. p. 24. Retrieved 2 September 2023.
  3. ^ "China take lion's share of shuttle titles". The Straits Times. 31 July 1981. p. 31. Retrieved 2 September 2023.
  4. ^ "江苏第一个世界冠军孙志安:见证了江苏羽毛球最辉煌的时代" [Jiangsu's first world champion Sun Zhi'an: Witnessed the most glorious era of Jiangsu badminton] (in Simplified Chinese). Sina Corporation. 6 July 2018. Retrieved 2 September 2023.
  5. ^ 大舒 (18 November 2006). "20年耕耘江苏羽坛 孙志安:培养新的世界冠军" [20 years of hard work in Jiangsu badminton Sun Zhian: training a new world champion] (in Simplified Chinese). Sohu. Retrieved 2 September 2023.