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Badminton at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Men's Singles

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Goudi Olympic Hall, Goudi Olympic Complex, Athina
Date Started: August 15, 2004
Date Finished: August 21, 2004
Format: Single-elimination tournament.

Gold: INA Taufik Hidayat
Silver: KOR Son Seung-Mo
Bronze: INA Sony Dwi Kuncoro

Summary

There was no favorite. Since 2000, the two World titles and four All-England titles had been split by six different players. Indonesia’s Taufik Hidayat had been seeded #1 in 2000 but lost in the quarter-finals. He had managed a bronze at the 2001 Worlds, but had won no major championships in the interim. He was known as the bad boy of badminton, having been suspended from the Indonesian team several times because of his behavior, and this would occur again before the 2006 World Championships. In Athina Hidayat was unseeded but had reached the All-England semis earlier in the year. He struggled in his second round match, but then did not lose another set as he won the gold medal. The final was an easy victory for him over Korea’s Son Seung-Mo, who had been bronze medalist at the 2003 Worlds. Hidayat would also win the 2005 World Championships.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Taufik Hidayat 23 Indonesia INA Gold
2 Son Seung-Mo 24 South Korea KOR Silver
3 Sony Dwi Kuncoro 20 Indonesia INA Bronze
4 Boonsak Ponsana 22 Thailand THA
5T Ronald Susilo 25 Singapore SIN
5T Peter Høeg Gade 27 Denmark DEN
5T Park Tae-Sang 25 South Korea KOR
5T Chen Hong 24 China CHN
9T Björn Joppien 23 Germany GER
9T Lee Hyeon-Il 24 South Korea KOR
9T Wong Choong Hann 27 Malaysia MAS
9T Nikhil Kanetkar 25 India IND
9T Jim Ronny Andersen 29 Norway NOR
9T Bao Chunlai 21 China CHN
9T Richard Vaughan 26 Great Britain GBR
9T Lee Chong Wei 21 Malaysia MAS
17T Lin Dan 20 China CHN
17T Kasperi Salo 24 Finland FIN
17T Stuart Brehaut 25 Australia AUS
17T Chris Dednam 21 South Africa RSA
17T Przemysław Wacha 23 Poland POL
17T Hidetaka Yamada 28 Japan JPN
17T Chien Yu-Hsiu 24 Chinese Taipei TPE
17T Sergio Llopis 25 Spain ESP
17T Pedro Yang 27 Guatemala GUA
17T Mohamed Roslin Hashim 28 Malaysia MAS
17T Abhinn Shyam Gupta 24 India IND
17T Shoji Sato 21 Japan JPN
17T Marco Vasconcelos 32 Portugal POR
17T Antti Viitikko 27 Finland FIN
17T Ng Wei 23 Hong Kong HKG
17T Kenneth Jonassen 30 Denmark DEN