Rudy Hartono Kurniawan is an Indonesian badminton player who is most famous for his achievements in the World Championships and in the All-England Championships. He also participated in the Olympics back when the sport was still a demonstration sport. He is considered one of the most famous and most respected players in the history of badminton.
He was one of the players who competed in the 1972 Olympics back when Badminton was still a demonstration sport. He won a medal in the men’s singles event after defeating Jamie Paulson from Canada in the first round. He later faced Sture Johnsson of Sweden in the Semi-finals and defeated Svend Pri of Denmark in the final event with a score of 15-6, 15-1. 20 years later, the OIC would declare badminton as an official sport at the 1992 Summer Olympics. He also won the All-England cup 8 times, 7 of those were won consecutively.
Hartono was also successful in the Thomas Cup where he joined teams from his country, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and London. He would help his team win 4 gold medals and 2 silvers. He also competed in the World Championships and won in the 1980 for Men’s singles.
He was also famous for the character of his game. Standing 5 feet and 8 inches tall, Hartono was a powerful opponent who was agile, accurate, mobile and aggressive at the same time. He also displayed an uncanny cool under pressure.
In 2006, Hartono was named by TIME magazine as one of the 60 Asian Heroes. He is also one of the very first players to be inducted into the International Badminton Hall of Fame.