Tan Wee Kiong
Personal information
CountryMalaysia
Born (1989-05-21) 21 May 1989 (age 32)
Muar, Johor, Malaysia
Height1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight70 kg (154 lb)
HandednessRight
CoachCheah Soon Kit
Men's doubles
Highest ranking1 (with Goh V Shem) (7 November 2016)
Current ranking14 (with Goh V Shem)
326 (with Tan Kian Meng) (26 October 2021)
Medal record
Men's badminton
Representing  Malaysia
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 2016 Rio de Janeiro Men's doubles
Thomas Cup
Silver medal – second place 2014 New Delhi Men's team
Bronze medal – third place 2016 Kunshan Men's team
Commonwealth Games
Gold medal – first place 2014 Glasgow Men's doubles
Gold medal – first place 2014 Glasgow Mixed team
Silver medal – second place 2018 Gold Coast Mixed team
Bronze medal – third place 2018 Gold Coast Men's doubles
Asian Games
Bronze medal – third place 2014 Incheon Men's doubles
Bronze medal – third place 2014 Incheon Men's team
Asia Team Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2018 Alor Setar Men's team
Southeast Asian Games
Bronze medal – third place 2015 Singapore Men's team
Bronze medal – third place 2007 Nakhon Ratchasima Men's team
World Junior Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2006 Incheon Mixed team
Asian Junior Championships
Gold medal – first place 2007 Kuala Lumpur Mixed doubles
Gold medal – first place 2007 Kuala Lumpur Mixed team
Silver medal – second place 2006 Kuala Lumpur Mixed doubles
Silver medal – second place 2006 Kuala Lumpur Mixed team
Silver medal – second place 2007 Kuala Lumpur Boys' doubles
Bronze medal – third place 2006 Kuala Lumpur Boys' doubles
BWF profile
Tan Wee Kiong
Traditional Chinese陳煒強
Simplified Chinese陈炜强

Tan Wee Kiong AMN (born 21 May 1989) is a Malaysian badminton player in the doubles event. He is well-known for his former partnership with Goh V Shem, which began at the 2014 Thomas Cup. Together, Tan and Goh won the gold medal in the men's doubles and the mixed team event at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. They also won bronze at the 2014 Asian Games. In their Olympic debut at the 2016 Rio Olympics, they won the silver medal, becoming the first Malaysian pair to achieve such a feat since 1996.[1][2] In November 2016, they reached a career-high ranking of world number 1, making them the fourth ever Malaysian men's doubles pair to do so, after Cheah Soon Kit and Yap Kim Hock, Chan Chong Ming and Chew Choon Eng, and Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong.

Commonwealth Games 2014 badminton double final
Commonwealth Games 2014 badminton double final

Early and personal life

Tan was born on 21 May 1989 in Johor to Tan Cham Swe and Tan Yok Hua. His brothers, Tan Wee Tat and Tan Wee Gieen, are also professional badminton players. Tan started playing badminton when he was 6 and joined Bukit Jalil Sport School when he was 13.[3] Tan and beautician Chia Shi Leng wed in 2016.[4] Due to Tan's tight schedule, their wedding reception was held in December 2017 at The St. Regis Hotel Kuala Lumpur, with 700 guests in attendance.[5] The couple welcomed their first son in March 2019.[6]

Career

Early career

Tan started his junior career as a mixed doubles player. However, he later transitioned into men's doubles. In 2007, he won the Asian Junior Championships mixed doubles gold medal with Woon Khe Wei. They were seeded second and first at the 2006 and 2007 World Junior Championships but were defeated in the fourth round on both occasions.

2010–2014

In 2010, he briefly partnered Mak Hee Chun. They played together at the 2010 Asian Games but were beaten in the round of 32. Later, he partnered Hoon Thien How. They reached a career high of no. 7 worldwide. Their campaign at the 2013 World Championships ended in the third round after a loss to Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng. Later that year, the pair reached their first ever Super Series semifinal at the French Open. Shortly after, the two won their first career title at the Macau Open. They were runners-up at the China Open and in that same year, they qualified for the Super Series Finals after the withdrawal of compatriots, Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong. However, they failed to advance past the group stage.

Tan played his last tournament with Hoon at the 2014 World Championships in August 2014. Their campaign ended in the quarterfinals where they lost to the eventual champions, Ko Sung-hyun and Shin Baek-cheol.

2014–2021

In May 2014, Tan was scratch partnered with Goh V Shem to play second men's doubles at the 2014 Thomas Cup. They won all four matches that they contested and defeated several highly ranked players along the way despite this being the first time ever that the two has played together internationally. Their debut partnership at the Thomas Cup was widely praised. Malaysia made it to the finals for the first time in 12 years but was narrowly defeated by Japan with a score of 2–3.

In August, Tan represented Malaysia at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow with Goh V Shem. They went on to take the gold medal and were the only medalists in the tournament who were not seeded. En route to the gold medal, they defeated top seeds, Chris Adcock and Andrew Ellis of England in the semifinals as well as 3rd seeds, Danny Bawa Chrisnanta and Chayut Triyachart of Singapore in the finals. They also won all five matches they contested in the mixed team event, helping Malaysia secure their third consecutive mixed team gold medal at the Commonwealth Games.

Following the World Championships in September, Tan and Goh have been officially partnered. They represented Malaysia at the 2014 Asian Games where they made it to semifinals but were defeated by top seeds, Lee Yong-dae and Yoo Yeon-seong of South Korea. The defeat automatically earned them the bronze medal as there is no bronze medal playoffs in badminton at the Asian Games. En route to the semifinals, they defeated 5th seeds, Lee Sheng-mu and Tsai Chia-hsin of Chinese Taipei in the round of 32 and 3rd seeds, Hiroyuki Endo and Kenichi Hayakawa of Japan in the quarterfinals with a score of 21–16, 21–16.

They were semifinalists at the Malaysia Masters in January that year. In March, they became runners-up to Cai Yun and Lu Kai at the Swiss Open. At the 2015 Sudirman Cup in May, Goh and Tan managed to upset the World No. 1, Lee Yong-dae and Yoo Yeon-seong in the first group tie against South Korea. Malaysia topped Group D and were drawn against South Korea once again in the quarterfinals but failed to advance. At the 2015 World Championships in August, Tan and Goh defeated defending champions Ko Sung-hyun and Shin Baek-cheol in the second round but were defeated in the third round. Tan and Goh won their first title together at the 2015 U.S. Grand Prix.[7] They then went on to win their second title at the 2016 Syed Modi International Grand Prix Gold.[8] They then became beaten semifinalists at the All England Open and the Indian Super Series. At the 2016 Thomas Cup, Tan won three out of his five matches played. Malaysia made it to the semifinals but lost to eventual winners Denmark.

Tan and Goh made their Olympics debut at the 2016 Summer Olympics. They won all their matches in the group stage to top group B and qualify for the quarter-finals. In the quarter-finals, they stun Lee Yong-dae and Yoo Yeon-seong to reach the semi-finals.[9] Tan and Goh later beat Chai Biao and Hong Wei in the semifinals. They once again face Fu Haifeng and Zhang Nan in the finals but this time falling short with a score of 21–16, 11–21, 21–23, taking home silver.[10]

In October 2016, Tan won his first Super Series tournament title with Goh at the 2016 Denmark Open.[11] In November, they became the new world number 1 in men's doubles.[12] In December, Tan and Goh won the 2016 Dubai World Superseries Finals.[13]

He briefly partnered with Ong Yew Sin before resuming his partnership with Goh in early 2018.

His partnership was resumed with Goh V Shem in order to help Malaysia in 2018 Thomas Cup. In the group stage, they defeated Vladimir Ivanov and Ivan Sozonov from Russia. They were defeated by Denmark and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo and Marcus Fernaldi Gideon of Indonesia by three sets 19–21, 22–20 and 13–21.

2021–present

In August 2021, Tan ended his partnership with Goh V Shem and sought Tan Kian Meng as his new partner.[14] His first tournament with Kian Meng was the 2021 Dutch Open where they made it to the finals and lost by three sets 14–21, 21–18, 20–22 to Terry Hee and Loh Kean Hean from Singapore.

Achievements

Olympic Games

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2016 Riocentro - Pavilion 4, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Malaysia Goh V Shem China Fu Haifeng
China Zhang Nan
21–16, 11–21, 21–23
Silver

Commonwealth Games

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2014 Emirates Arena,
Glasgow, Scotland
Malaysia Goh V Shem Singapore Danny Bawa Chrisnanta
Singapore Chayut Triyachart
21–12, 12–21, 21–15
Gold
2018 Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre,
Gold Coast, Australia
Malaysia Goh V Shem Sri Lanka Sachin Dias
Sri Lanka Buwaneka Goonethilleka
21–8, 21–13
Bronze

Asian Games

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2014 Gyeyang Gymnasium,
Incheon, South Korea
Malaysia Goh V Shem South Korea Lee Yong-dae
South Korea Yoo Yeon-seong
6–21, 15–21
Bronze

Asian Junior Championships

Boys' doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2006 Kuala Lumpur Badminton Stadium,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Malaysia Mohd Lutfi Zaim Malaysia Mohamad Arif Abdul Latif
Malaysia Vountus Indra Mawan
Bronze
2007 Stadium Juara,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Malaysia Mohd Lutfi Zaim China Chai Biao
China Li Tian
12–21, 8–21
Silver

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2006 Kuala Lumpur Badminton Stadium,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Malaysia Woon Khe Wei South Korea Lee Yong-dae
South Korea Yoo Hyun-young
15–21, 9–21
Silver
2007 Stadium Juara,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Malaysia Woon Khe Wei South Korea Shin Baek-cheol
South Korea Yoo Hyun-young
21–18, 16–21, 21–12
Gold

BWF World Tour (2 titles, 3 runners-up)

The BWF World Tour, which was announced on 19 March 2017 and implemented in 2018,[15] is a series of elite badminton tournaments sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF). The BWF World Tours are divided into levels of World Tour Finals, Super 1000, Super 750, Super 500, Super 300 (part of the HSBC World Tour), and the BWF Tour Super 100.[16]

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Level Partner Opponent Score Result
2018 Malaysia Masters Super 500 Malaysia Goh V Shem Indonesia Fajar Alfian
Indonesia Muhammad Rian Ardianto
21–14, 22–24, 13–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2019 Thailand Masters Super 300 Malaysia Goh V Shem Chinese Taipei Lu Ching-yao
Chinese Taipei Yang Po-han
21–13, 21–17 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2019 Chinese Taipei Open Super 300 Malaysia Goh V Shem South Korea Choi Sol-gyu
South Korea Seo Seung-jae
21–19, 15–21, 23–21 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2019 Korea Masters Super 300 Malaysia Goh V Shem Chinese Taipei Lee Yang
Chinese Taipei Wang Chi-lin
19–21, 22–20, 19–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2020 (I) Thailand Open Super 1000 Malaysia Goh V Shem Chinese Taipei Lee Yang
Chinese Taipei Wang Chi-lin
16–21, 23–21, 19–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up

BWF Superseries (2 titles, 1 runner-up)

The BWF Superseries, which was launched on 14 December 2006 and implemented in 2007,[17] was a series of elite badminton tournaments, sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF). BWF Superseries levels were Superseries and Superseries Premier. A season of Superseries consisted of twelve tournaments around the world that had been introduced since 2011.[18] Successful players were invited to the Superseries Finals, which were held at the end of each year.

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2013 China Open Malaysia Hoon Thien How South Korea Lee Yong-dae
South Korea Yoo Yeon-seong
13–21, 12–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2016 Denmark Open Malaysia Goh V Shem Thailand Bodin Isara
Thailand Nipitphon Puangpuapech
14–21, 22–20, 21-19 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2016 Dubai World Superseries Finals Malaysia Goh V Shem Japan Takeshi Kamura
Japan Keigo Sonoda
21–14, 21-19 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
  BWF Superseries Finals tournament
  BWF Superseries Premier tournament
  BWF Superseries tournament

BWF Grand Prix (3 titles, 2 runners-up)

The BWF Grand Prix had two levels, the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Gold. It was a series of badminton tournaments sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) and played between 2007 and 2017.

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2013 Macau Open Malaysia Hoon Thien How Chinese Taipei Lee Sheng-mu
Chinese Taipei Tsai Chia-hsin
21–16, 21–19 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2015 Swiss Open Malaysia Goh V Shem China Cai Yun
China Lu Kai
19–21, 21–14, 17–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2015 Russian Open Malaysia Goh V Shem Russia Vladimir Ivanov
Russia Ivan Sozonov
20–22, 19–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2015 U.S. Grand Prix Malaysia Goh V Shem Russia Vladimir Ivanov
Russia Ivan Sozonov
21–14, 21–17 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2016 Syed Modi International Malaysia Goh V Shem India Pranaav Jerry Chopra
India Akshay Dewalkar
14–21, 24–22, 21–8 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
  BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament
  BWF Grand Prix tournament

BWF International Challenge/Series (1 title, 3 runners-up)

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2011 Indonesia International Malaysia Ow Yao Han Indonesia Rian Sukmawan
Indonesia Rendra Wijaya
13–21, 21–19, 16–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2021 Dutch Open Malaysia Tan Kian Meng Singapore Terry Hee
Singapore Loh Kean Hean
14–21, 21–18, 20–22 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2007 Malaysia International Malaysia Woon Khe Wei Malaysia Lim Khim Wah
Malaysia Ng Hui Lin
15–21, 14–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2009 Malaysia International Malaysia Woon Khe Wei Malaysia Mak Hee Chun
Malaysia Ng Hui Lin
21–6, 13–21, 21–17 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
  BWF International Challenge tournament
  BWF International Series tournament

Honours

Honours of Malaysia

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