Yoshiko Yonekura
Medal record
Women's badminton
Representing  Japan
World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 1980 Jakarta Women's doubles
World Cup
Gold medal – first place 1979 Tokyo Women's doubles
Gold medal – first place 1980 Kyoto Women's doubles
Bronze medal – third place 1980 Kyoto Women's singles
Uber Cup
Gold medal – first place 1978 Auckland Women's team
Gold medal – first place 1981 Tokyo Women's team
Asian Games
Silver medal – second place 1982 New Delhi Women's team
Silver medal – second place 1986 Seoul Women's team
Bronze medal – third place 1982 New Delhi Women's doubles
Bronze medal – third place 1978 Bangkok Women's team

Yoshiko Yonekura (米倉 よし子, Yonekura Yoshiko, later, Yoshiko Tago) is a retired female badminton player of Japan who won Japanese national and international titles in the late 1970s and the 1980s. She is the mother of badminton player Kenichi Tago.

Career

In 1980 she won women's singles at the Danish Open,[1] women's singles and doubles at the Swedish Open, and a bronze medal at the 1980 IBF World Championships in women's doubles with Atsuko Tokuda. She was a member of world champion Japanese Uber Cup (women's international) teams in 1978 and in 1981.[2] She was also the champion at 1979 Badminton World Cup in women's doubles category with partner Emiko Ueno.

Achievements

World Championships

Women's doubles
Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1980 Istora Senayan, Jakarta, Indonesia Japan Atsuko Tokuda England Nora Perry
England Jane Webster
12–15, 17–15, 6–15
Bronze
Bronze

World Cup

Women's singles
Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1980 Kyoto, Japan Denmark Lene Køppen
Bronze
Bronze
Women's doubles
Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1979 Tokyo, Japan Japan Emiko Ueno Indonesia Verawaty Fadjrin
Indonesia Imelda Wiguno
15–3, 15–7
Gold
Gold
1980 Kyoto, Japan Japan Atsuko Tokuda Indonesia Verawaty Fadjrin
Indonesia Imelda Wiguno
15–12, 17–14
Gold
Gold

Asian Games

Women's doubles
Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1982 Indraprastha Indoor Stadium, New Delhi, India Japan Atsuko Tokuda South Korea Kim Yun-ja
South Korea Yoo Sang-hee
12–15, 8–15
Bronze
Bronze

IBF World Grand Prix

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

Women's doubles
Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1983 Scandinavian Cup Japan Atsuko Tokuda China Chen Ruizhen
China Zheng Jian
15–12, 15–8 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1984 Denmark Open Japan Atsuko Tokuda South Korea Kim Yun-ja
South Korea Yoo Sang-hee
15–3, 5–15, 13–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1984 Swedish Open Japan Atsuko Tokuda South Korea Kim Yun-ja
South Korea Yoo Sang-hee
11–15, 15–8, 9–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up

International tournaments

Women's singles
Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
1980 Denmark Open Indonesia Ivana Lie 11–8, 12–11 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1980 Swedish Open Indonesia Ivana Lie 10–12, 11–5, 11–8 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1980 English Masters Denmark Lene Køppen 5–11, 8–11 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
Women's doubles
Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1978 Denmark Open Japan Emiko Ueno Indonesia Verawaty Wiharjo
Indonesia Imelda Wiguno
8–15, 15–8, 4–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1978 All England Open Japan Emiko Ueno Japan Atsuko Tokuda
Japan Mikiko Takada
16–18, 6–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1979 English Masters Japan Atsuko Tokuda England Nora Perry
England Jane Webster
2–15, 15–8, 10–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1980 Denmark Open Japan Atsuko Tokuda England Gillian Gilks
England Nora Perry
15–18, 15–9, 9–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1980 Swedish Open Japan Atsuko Tokuda England Karen Bridge
England Barbara Sutton
15–8, 15–6 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1980 All England Open Japan Atsuko Tokuda England Gillian Gilks
England Nora Perry
15–11, 7–15, 6–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1980 English Masters Japan Atsuko Tokuda England Nora Perry
England Jane Webster
18–14, 6–15, 15–12 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1981 Denmark Open Japan Atsuko Tokuda England Jane Webster
England Nora Perry
12–15, 15–18 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1981 Japan Open Japan Atsuko Tokuda England Nora Perry
England Jane Webster
15–6, 7–15, 15–8 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1981 English Masters England Gillian Gilks China Liu Xia
China Zhang Ailing
10–15, 15–3, 6–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1982 Indonesia Open Japan Atsuko Tokuda England Gillian Clark
England Gillian Gilks
14–17, 17–14, 12–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1982 Scandinavian Cup Japan Atsuko Tokuda England Nora Perry
England Jane Webster
15–11, 9–15, 4–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up

References

  1. ^ David Eddy, "Danish Open Championships: England Fly The Flag," Badminton, May 1980, 14, 15.
  2. ^ Pat Davis,The Guinness Book of Badminton (Enfield, Middlesex, England: Guinness Superlatives Ltd., 1983) 135, 136.