Tuesday, August 23, 2005

The US wins at the Badminton World Championships

This year's edition of the World Championships (held every two years) was at held at Anaheim, California. The first time that this event was held in N. America. Over the week long competition, the host country (i.e. the US) best chances at a medal is in the Men Doubles headlined by the partnership of Tony Gunanwan (a world class player formerly from Indonesia) and Howard Bach (US-born). Tony G has won the World Championships in 2001 and the Olympics in 2000 playing with different partners. This time around, he has moved to the US to study and to be with his girlfriend (wife) and has been playing and coaching in the US for the last two years.

The MD final pitted him and Howard against the dynamic duo of Candra/Sigit (of Indonesia and also former world champions). In a thrilling final, they won 2 games to 1 with score of 15-11, 10-15, 15-11 and thus made history to be the first team in the modern badminton era to win gold at the World Championships Not to be missed in all this excitement is the fact that Tony's former World Champion partner, Halim Haryanto, is their coach for the event.

Congratulations to the pair and here to hoping that there will be renewed interest in the sport in North America!

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