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Badminton at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Men's Singles

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Georgia State University Sports Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 24, 1996
Date Finished: August 1, 1996
Format: Single-elimination tournament.

Gold: DEN Poul-Erik Høyer Larsen
Silver: CHN Dong Jiong
Bronze: MAS Adul Sidek Mohamed

Summary

There were 48 players entered, with 16 players seeded into the second round. Denmark's Poul-Erik Høyer Larsen had won the All-England championships in both 1990 and 1991. In the quarter-finals he faced the defending gold medalist, Alan Budikusuma, and took him out, 15-5, 15-9. In the semis he faced the 1995 World Champion, Hariyanto Arbi (INA), and eliminated him 15-11, 15-6. His final opponent was China's Dong Jiong, but Høyer-Larsen easily dealt with him, 15-12, 15-10, finishing the tournament without losing a game. Høyer-Larsen played on his old "lucky" shoes, which were at least seven (some sources say 12) years old, and were nearly falling apart. But he had won the All Englands on them, and now won Olympic gold in them. Høyer-Larsen's title is the only badminton gold medal won by a non-Asian player thru 2008. His countryman, Thomas Stuer-Lauridsen, had won bronze in men's singles in 1992, also the only badminton medal won by a non-Asian at those Olympics. Heryanto Arbi lost the bronze medal match to Rashid "Adul" Sidek Mohamed of Malaysia, whose brothers, Razif and Jalani, had won a bronze in men's doubles in 1992.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Poul-Erik Høyer Larsen 30 Denmark DEN Gold
2 Dong Jiong 22 China CHN Silver
3 Adul Sidek Mohamed 34 Malaysia MAS Bronze
4 Hariyanto Arbi 24 Indonesia INA
5T Alan Budikusuma 28 Indonesia INA
5T Lee Gwang-Jin 25 South Korea KOR
5T Park Seong-U 24 South Korea KOR
5T Joko Supriyanto 25 Indonesia INA
9T Jens Olsson 31 Sweden SWE
9T Yu Lizhi 27 China CHN
9T Thomas Stuer-Lauridsen 25 Denmark DEN
9T Fumihiko Machida 27 Japan JPN
9T Iain Sydie 26 Canada CAN
9T Liu En-Hung 30 Chinese Taipei TPE
9T Sun Jun 21 China CHN
9T Ong Ewe Hock 24 Malaysia MAS
17T Pontus Jäntti 27 Finland FIN
17T Peter Knowles 26 Great Britain GBR
17T Andrey Antropov 29 Russia RUS
17T Jaimie Dawson 26 Canada CAN
17T Joris van Soerland 23 Netherlands NED
17T Hannes Fuchs 24 Austria AUT
17T Chang Jeng-Shyuang 22 Chinese Taipei TPE
17T Kitipon Kitikul 20 Thailand THA
17T Thomas Wapp 24 Switzerland SUI
17T Darren Hall 30 Great Britain GBR
17T Michael Helber 25 Germany GER
17T Deepankar Bhattacharya 24 India IND
17T Kim Hak-Gyun 24 South Korea KOR
17T Tomas Johansson 26 Sweden SWE
17T Jeroen van Dijk 24 Netherlands NED
17T Vladyslav Druzhchenko 23 Ukraine UKR
33T Kenneth Erichsen 23 Guatemala GUA
33T Kevin Han 23 United States USA
33T Oscar Brandon 24 Suriname SUR
33T Oliver Pongratz 23 Germany GER
33T Kayode Akinsanya 20 Nigeria NGR
33T Julian Robertson 26 Great Britain GBR
33T Stephan Beeharry 21 Mauritius MRI
33T Theodoros Velkos 19 Bulgaria BUL
33T Murray Hocking 25 Australia AUS
33T Mario Carulla 24 Peru PER
33T Édouard Clarisse 24 Mauritius MRI
33T Mikhail Korshuk 26 Belarus BLR
33T Étienne Thobois 28 France FRA
33T Pavel Uvarov 29 Russia RUS
33T Robert Liljequist 25 Finland FIN
33T Ron Michels 30 Netherlands NED