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Badminton Athlete Kim Sa-rang’s Profile

Kim Sa-rang is a South Korean badminton player. He is best known for becoming partners with Kim Gi-jung in the Men’s Doubles category. Kim has become one of the best badminton players in South Korea, and has competed in many elite and major badminton events, including  the BWF World’s Championships,  the BWF Superseries, and the BWF Grandprix. He and his partner, Kim Gi-jung were ranked 2nd in Men’s Doubles. Sadly, the winner of the Malaysia open retired from the badminton world in 2016, after his last play in 2016 Rio Olympics.

Let’s find more about Kim Sa-rang!

Profile of Kim Sa-rang!

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Country  South Korea
Born 22 August 1989 (age 29)
Incheon, South Korea
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 63 kg (139 lb)
Handedness Right
Men’s
Highest ranking 76 (MS) 8 April 2010
(MD) 22 September 2016
41 (XD) 28 February 2013

 

Badminton Career

Kim Sa Rang (L) and Kim Ki Jung (R) of South Korea pose on the podium during the awards ceremony after their men’s doubles final match against Hayakawa Kenichi and Endo Hiroyuki of Japan of the Badminton Asia Championships in China’s northeastern coastal city of Qingdao on April 22, 2012. The South Korean pair won 21-12, 21-16. AFP PHOTO / LIU JIN (Photo credit should read LIU JIN/AFP/Getty Images)

Like many athletes who are fond of sports from their childhood, Kim Sa-rang also started playing badminton when he was in elementary school. His first international debut was at the Osaka International tournament. He joined the Korean National badminton team in 2008. During that year, he won the Australia International Challenge tournament in the Men’s Doubles event, partnered with Choi Sang-won. In 2011, he won the Turkey International tournament in the Men’s Doubles event with Kim Gi-jung, who became his longest partner throughout his career playing Men’s Doubles.

In 2012, he and Kim Gi-jung won their first Superseries title at the Japan Open. In the final round, they beat the Malaysian pair Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong. At the 2012 Badminton Asia Championships in Qingdao, China, they won a gold medal after defeating Hiroyuki Endo and Kenichi Hayakawa of Japan in the final round. In September, 2012, they also won the Men’s Doubles title at the Indonesian Master’s tournament. His name has become popular since then.

In 2013, he and Kim Gi-jung became the champions at the Chinese Taipei and Korea Grand Prix Gold tournament. At the Chinese Taipei, he and Kim Gi-jung beat the host partners, Lee Sheng-mu and Tsai Chia-hsin, in the straight set. At the Korea, they won the title after beating their compatriots, Ko Sung-hyun and Shin Baek-cheol, with the score 2-1. He also won a silver medal at the 2013 Badminton Asia Championships in Taipei. At the 2013 BWF World Championships in Guangzhou, he and his partner placed fifth in the tournament. They beat the second seated of Malaysia in the quarterfinal round, but in the semifinal round they were defeated by Boe and Mogensen in three sets, and settled for the bronze medal. At the end of the 2013 BWF Season, he qualified to compete at the Super Series Masters Finals in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Finally, he became the runner-up in the Men’s Doubles event after being defeated by Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia. In 2014, he won a bronze medal at the Asian Games in Men’s Doubles.

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In 2015, he and Kim Gi-jung played in their homeland, at the Korea Masters Grand Prix Gold tournament,  in the Men’s Doubles event. In the final round of the tournament, they beat Ko Sung-hyun and Shin Baek-cheol with the scores 16-21, 21-18, 21-19. Their hard work paid off and they were shown as the best in Men’s Doubles players from South Korea.

They also won the China Open Super Series Premier tournament, after beating Chai Biao and Hong Wei in the straight games. In 2016, they won the Superseries Premier tournament in Malaysia. He and his partner beat the third seated from China in the quarterfinal round, and the World No.1 pair, Lee Yong-dae and Yoo Yeon-seong in the semifinal. In the final round they beat Chai Biao and Hong Wei with the score 21-19, 21-15. The pair also competed at the Summer Olympics in Rio, in the Men’s Doubles event. They lost in the quarterfinal round, defeated by Fu Haifeng and Zhang Nan of China with the score 21-11, 18-21 and 22-24.

Sadly, after the Rio Olympics, he decided to retire from the national team, and on 31 October, 2016, BWF sites officially announced his retirement.

Kim Sa-rang’s Badminton Achievement Record

BWF World Championships

Men’s Doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2014 Ballerup Super Arena,
Copenhagen, Denmark
South Korea Kim Gi-jung South Korea Lee Yong-dae
South Korea Yoo Yeon-seong
Walkover Bronze Bronze
2013 Tianhe Sports Center,
Guangzhou, China
South Korea Kim Gi-jung Denmark Mathias Boe
Denmark Carsten Mogensen
23-21, 18-21, 18-21 Bronze Bronze

Asia Championships

Men’s Doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2015 Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium,
Wuhan, China
South Korea Kim Gi-jung South Korea Lee Yong-dae
South Korea Yoo Yeon-seong
18-21, 9-21 Bronze Bronze
2013 Taipei Arena,
Taipei, Chinese Taipei
South Korea Kim Gi-jung South Korea Ko Sung-hyun
South Korea Lee Yong-dae
13-21, 20-22 Silver Silver
2012 Qingdao Sports Centre Conson Stadium,
Qingdao, China
South Korea Kim Gi-jung Japan Hiroyuki Endo
Japan Kenichi Hayakawa
21-12, 21-16 Gold Gold

Mixed Doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2012 Qingdao Sports Centre Conson Stadium,
Qingdao, China
South Korea Choi Hye-in China Zhang Nan
China Zhao Yunlei
13-21, 21-12, 13-21 Bronze Bronze

Summer Universiade

Men’s doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2015 Hwasun Hanium Culture Sports Center,
Hwasun, South Korea
South Korea Kim Gi-jung China Wang Yilu
China Zhang Wen
21–16, 22–20 Gold Gold

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2015 Hwasun Hanium Culture Sports Center,
Hwasun, South Korea
South Korea Go Ah-ra South Korea Kim Gi-jung
South Korea Shin Seung-chan
10–21, 17–21 Bronze Bronze

 

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BWF Superseries

The BWF Superseries, launched on December 14, 2006, and implemented in 2007, is a series of elite badminton tournaments, sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation(BWF).  The BWF Superseries has two levels, Superseries and Superseries Premier. A season of Superseries features twelve tournaments around the world, which was introduced in 2011, with successful players invited to the Superseries Finals held at the end of the year.

Men’s Doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2016 Malaysia Open South Korea Kim Gi-jung China Chai Biao
China Hong Wei
21-19, 21-15 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2015 China Open South Korea Kim Gi-jung China Chai Biao
China Hong Wei
21-13, 21-19 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2015 Korea Open South Korea Kim Gi-jung South Korea Lee Yong-dae
South Korea Yoo Yeon-seong
16-21, 12-21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2013 Super Series Masters Finals South Korea Kim Gi-jung Indonesia Mohammad Ahsan
Indonesia Hendra Setiawan
14-21, 16-21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2013 Hong Kong Open South Korea Kim Gi-jung South Korea Lee Yong-dae
South Korea Yoo Yeon-seong
21-12, 15-21, 18-21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2012 Japan Open South Korea Kim Gi-jung Malaysia Koo Kien Keat
Malaysia Tan Boon Heong
21-16, 21-19 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner


BWF Grand Prix

The BWF Grand Prix also has two levels: Grand Prix and Grand Prix Gold. It’s a series of badminton tournaments, sanctioned by  the Badminton World Federation (BWF) since 2007.

Men’s Doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2016 China Masters South Korea Kim Gi-jung South Korea Lee Yong-dae
South Korea Yoo Yeon-seong
17-21, 14-21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2016 Thailand Masters South Korea Kim Gi-jung Indonesia Mohammad Ahsan
Indonesia Hendra Setiawan
21-12, 15-21, 12-21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2015 Korea Masters South Korea Kim Gi-jung South Korea Ko Sung-hyun
South Korea Shin Baek-cheol
16-21, 21-18, 21-19 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2013 Korea Masters South Korea Kim Gi-jung South Korea Ko Sung-hyun
South Korea Shin Baek-cheol
21-15, 18-21, 25-23 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2013 Chinese Taipei Open South Korea Kim Gi-jung Chinese Taipei Lee Sheng-mu
Chinese Taipei Tsai Chia-hsin
21-11, 21-11 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2012 Korea Masters South Korea Kim Gi-jung South Korea Ko Sung-hyun
South Korea Lee Yong-dae
12-21, 11-21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2012 Indonesian Masters South Korea Kim Gi-jung Indonesia Angga Pratama
Indonesia Ryan Agung Saputra
13-21, 9-21 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2011 German Open South Korea Kim Gi-jung South Korea Jung Jae-sung
South Korea Lee Yong-dae
19-21, 21-18, 11-21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
Indosport.com | Kim Gi-jung (L) and Kim Sa-rang (R) on Rio Olympic 2016

BWF International Challenge/Series

Men’s doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2011 Turkey International South Korea Kim Gi-jung South Korea Cho Gun-woo
South Korea Shin Baek-choel
21–17, 16–21, 21–15 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2008 Australia International South Korea Choi Sang-won Chinese Taipei Chien Yu-hsun
Chinese Taipei Lin Yu-lang
21–17, 16–21, 21–11 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2011 Turkey International South Korea Lee So-hee South Korea Cho Gun-woo
South Korea Yoo Hyun-young
25–23, 9–21, 19–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up

 

Kim Sa-rang’s Video Compilation

Although he’s retired from playing badminton on the national team, don’t be sad. We give you a video compilation of Kim’s best moments from back then. Check them out!

It was a  friendly match between the best Men’s Doubles players from Korea: Lee Yong-dae and Yoo Yeon-seong vs Kim Gi-jung Kim Sa-rang. (Psssttt, don’t get distracted by Lee Yong-dae’s abs even it’s hard).

This one has the best moment for Kim Sa-rang and Kim Gi-jung in the Taipei Open in 2013, when beating Lee Sheng Mu and Tsai Chia Hsin 2-0.

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