(Chinese: 杨阳) (born December 9
) is a former Chinese badminton
He is one of the two badminton players in the world to have won two World Badminton Championships men's singles titles consecutively, the other being Lin Dan. He also won the gold medal in badminton as a demonstration sport at the 1988 Summer Olympics, in men's singles.
He possessed high agility, quick footwork, accurate power, and coolness under pressure, and is widely regarded as one of the finest singles players in the history of the sport.
Yang began training in 1975, when he was 12 years old, in Physical Education Colleigate for Youth. He was recruited by the Chinese national team
He won his first Chinese national championship title in 1984. In 1985, he won the Hong Kong Open
by defeating Morten Frost
. In 1986, he won the Japan Open
and the Hong Kong Open, and also helped China to retake the Thomas Cup
(world team championship) from Indonesia
by winning key matches. In the late 80s he dominated international singles play by winning the World Championships
) and various international tournaments. In 1988, he won the Olympic Gold as an exhibition event in Seoul.
China's Golden Generation
As a member of China's golden badminton generation of the 1980s which included the almost equally brilliant singles stars Zhao Jianhua
and Xiong Guobao
, Yang Yang played an important role in making China a major world badminton superpower. His play was instrumental in China's consecutive Thomas Cup
(men's world team) titles in 1986
, and 1990
. Players of his generation set the foundation for the current Chinese world badminton players.
In 1991, he retired as a player and started coaching in Malaysia. In the very next year
, he guided Malaysia
to its first Thomas Cup
victory in 25 years. He then stayed in Malaysia to develop his business for badminton equipment for many years. He returned to China in year 2000, and opened a badminton club named after himself in Nanjing.