Sung Han-kook
Personal information
CountrySouth Korea
Born (1963-11-19) 19 November 1963 (age 60)
South Korea
EventMen's singles
Medal record
Men's badminton
Representing  South Korea
Sudirman Cup
Silver medal – second place 1989 Jakarta Mixed team
Asian Games
Gold medal – first place 1986 Seoul Men's team
Bronze medal – third place 1986 Seoul Men's singles
Bronze medal – third place 1982 New Delhi Men's team
Bronze medal – third place 1990 Beijing Men's team
Asian Championships
Silver medal – second place 1983 Calcutta Men's doubles
Bronze medal – third place 1987 Semarang Men's team
Bronze medal – third place 1989 Shanghai Men's team
Sung Han-kook
Revised RomanizationSeong Han-guk
McCune–ReischauerSŏng Han-kuk

Sung Han-kook (born November 19, 1963[1]) is a former badminton player and coach from South Korea.


Sung won the men's singles title at the 1986 U.S. Open and earlier that year, he won bronze at the 1986 Asian Games as well as men's team gold. He was also a part of the team that finished as runner-up at the inaugural Sudirman Cup in 1989.[citation needed]

In 1989, Sung married two-time All England winner Kim Yun-ja.[2] Sung and Kim's daughter Sung Ji-hyun is also a badminton player.[3]

After retiring, Sung had a long career as a coach, both for Korean professional teams and for the national team. He became the head coach of the national team in December 2010[4] and held the post until he was dismissed in August 2012 following a match-throwing scandal at the London Olympics.[5]


Asian Games

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1986 Olympic Gymnastics Arena, Seoul, South Korea China Yang Yang 7–15, 14–17 Bronze Bronze

IBF World Grand Prix

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

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1983 Malaysia Open South Korea Park Joo-bong Indonesia Bobby Ertanto
Indonesia Christian Hadinata
16–18, 15–12, 3–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1988 French Open South Korea Park Joo-bong Malaysia Razif Sidek
Malaysia Jalani Sidek
15–8, 12–15, 15–12 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner

Men's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
1985 Denmark Open Denmark Morten Frost 4–15, 5–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up


  1. ^ "Tournament Personnel Data". Badminton Korea Association. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Badminton National Team, rest, Wedding March". Naver News Library. Donga Ilbo. 25 January 1991. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  3. ^ Hearn, Don (7 January 2010). "SUNG JI HYUN – Carrying on a Family Tradition". Retrieved 4 November 2017.
  4. ^ Hearn, Don (17 December 2010). "KOREA – Sung named new Head Coach". Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  5. ^ Hearn, Don (22 August 2012). "Korean players' suspension eased, coaches out for 4 years". Retrieved 28 August 2016.