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Wednesday Table of Urania 24.1.18 Prakash Padukone

Prakash Padukone, (born June 10, 1955, Bangalore [Bengaluru], India) Indian badminton champion who dominated the national badminton scene for almost a decade (1971–80) and put India on the sport’s international map.

Padukone won the national senior championship in 1971 at age 16, thereby becoming the youngest player to have achieved the feat. He won each successive national championship until 1979, setting a record of nine national titles in a row. In 1978 he won the singles badminton gold medal at the Commonwealth Games. The following year he completely dominated the top European players of his era and won both the Danish Open and the Swedish Open. His greatest accomplishment came in 1980 when he became the first Indian to win the All England Championships, the world’s most prestigious annual badminton competition. The All England win catapulted Padukone to the number one world badminton ranking, making him the first Indian to achieve that status.

Padukone won the first Alba World Cup in October 1981 at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and the first Indian open prize-money tournament, the Indian Masters (now the India Open), at Pune in November. In 1982 he won the Dutch Open and the Hong Kong Open, and at the 1983 world championships, Padukone won the bronze medal in men’s badminton.

In 1989 he retired from the competitive badminton circuit, and in 1994, along with fellow national champion Vimal Kumar, he founded the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy in Bangalore (Bengaluru). Its alumni include national champions such as Pullela Gopichand and Aparna Popat.

Padukone was awarded the Padma Shri, one of India’s highest civilian honours, in 1982.

Source: Brittanica.com (just copied the article, there is nothing extra to add in it I think).

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