Rudy Hartono

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Rudy Hartono : biography

August 18, 1949 –

Rudy Hartono Kurniawan (), born August 18, 1949) is a former Indonesian badminton star who won the men’s singles title at the World Championship in 1980, and the prestigious All-England Championship trophy eight times, seven times consecutively (1968–1974), in the 1960s and 1970s. He is one of the most famous players in the history of the sport and is considered to be one of the greatest badminton players of all time. His sister is also a former world-level badminton player, Utami Dewi Kinard.

Badminton career

During his prime years Hartono won men’s singles in most of the international tournaments that he entered. He also played on six consecutive Indonesian Thomas Cup (men’s international) teams between 1967 and 1982, the first of these when he was only seventeen, helping Indonesia to win four consecutive world team championships (1970, 1973, 1976, 1979) in what was then a triennial event. His game was characterized by great power, accuracy, agility, mobility, aggressiveness, and coolness under pressure. In 1997 he was among the first group of players inducted into the World Badminton Hall of Fame.

1972 Summer Olympics

Hartono competed in badminton at the 1972 Summer Olympics, where badminton was one of two demonstration sports. It was the first time that the sport was part of the Olympic program, and it would become an official Olympic sport 20 years later at the 1992 Summer Olympics.

He won the men’s singles event, after beating Jamie Paulson of Canada in the first round, Sture Johnsson of Sweden in the semifinals, and Svend Pri of Denmark in the final 15–6, 15–1.

Medals achieved

Rank Event Date Venue
World Championships
1 Singles 1980 Jakarta, INA
Thomas Cup
1 Team 1970 Kuala Lumpur, MAS
1973 Jakarta, INA
1976 Bangkok, THA
1979 Jakarta, INA
2 1967 Jakarta, INA
1982 London, ENG



Category:1949 births Category:People from Surabaya Category:Living people Category:Indonesian badminton players Category:Badminton Hall of Fame inductees Category:Badminton players at the 1972 Summer Olympics Category:Indonesian people of Chinese descent Category:Asian Games medalists in badminton


In the late 70s and early 80s, age began to catch up to Hartono and he began losing matches. This resulted his depression. He credits a preacher for his "conversion experience" to Christianity during his mid-30s. Later, the death of Svend Pri in 1983 prompted Hartono to preach about Jesus to others. Since 1989, Hartono has been extremely active with his church ministry. In 1998, Hartono had coronary bypass surgery in Australia. In 2001, Hartono became Assoc Pastor of Bethel Church in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Career statistics

BWF tournaments finals


Date Tournament Opponent in final Score
1980 World Championships INA}} Liem Swie King 15–9, 15–9

International tournaments finals (partial list)


Date Tournament Opponent in final Score
1968 All England Open MAS}} Tan Aik Huang
1969 All England Open INA}} Darmadi
1969 U.S. Open INA}} Muljadi
1969 Canadian Open
1970 All England Open DEN}} Svend Pri
1971 Denmark Open JPN}} Ippei Kojima
1971 All England Open INA}} Muljadi
1971 Canadian Open JPN}} Ippei Kojima
1972 All England Open DEN}} Svend Pri
1972 Denmark Open
1973 All England Open INA}} Christian Hadinata
1974 All England Open MAS}} Punch Gunalan
1974 Denmark Open
1976 All England Open INA}} Liem Swie King
1981 Japan Open INA}} Lius Pongoh
Date Tournament Opponent in final Score
1971 U.S. Open INA}} Muljadi
1975 All England Open DEN}} Svend Pri
1978 All England Open INA}} Liem Swie King


Date Tournament Event Partner Opponents in final Score
1971 All England MD INA}} Indra Gunawan MAS}} Ng Boon Bee Punch Gunalan