Howard Bach and Tony Gunawan Win Bronze Medal at U.S. Open Grand Prix Gold Badminton Championships
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The USA Badminton men’s doubles team of Howard Bach (San Francisco, Calif./Orange, Calif.) and Tony Gunawan (Orange, Calif.) continued their strong showing on the international badminton tournament scene, this time with a bronze medal performance in men’s doubles at the 2010 Yonex OCBC U.S. Open Grand Prix Gold Badminton Championships at the Orange County Badminton Club in Orange, Calif.
Bach and Gunawan easily advanced in their home tournament until reaching the semifinal round. Bach and Gunawan defeated their first round opponents from Austria, Daniel Grassmuck and Roman Zirnwald two games to none (21-14 and 21-14). They followed that by defeating Indo Kindervater and Johannes Schoettler of Germany two games to none (21-15 and 21-10). Next up in the quarterfinals was Chinese Taipei’s Tien Chen Chou and Yu-Jui Lin whom Bach also defeated two games to none (21-11 and 21-9). That victory brought Bach and Gunawan a semifinal berth against another team from Chinese Taipei in Hung Li Chen and Yu Lang Lin. Bach and Gunawan dropped the three game match one game to two (22-20, 22-24 and 16-21). Chen and Lin went on to lose in the gold medal match against their country mates Chieh Min Fang and Sheng Mu Ling who have been setting the international badminton world on-fire with their recent success including coming off the gold medal last week at the Canadian Open Grand Prix 2010, an event in which Bach and Gunawan also won bronze.
Also reaching the quarterfinal round for the U.S. in men’s doubles were Phillip Chew (Orange, Calif.) and Halim Haryonto Ho (Orange, Calif.). Several other U.S. athletes played hard and represented the U.S. well, but unfortunately did not advance past the second round of play in any of the disciplines.
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Bach and Gunawan made history when they teamed up in 2005 to win the first-ever World Championship gold medal for the United States of America in the sport of badminton. Their accomplishment put USA Badminton on the map and also earned the two the coveted United States Olympic Committee Team of the Year Award for 2005. What made the moment even sweeter was the fact that they were able to accomplish this feat in the United States as the 2005 World Badminton Championships were held in Anaheim, Calif. at the Arrowhead Pond, just down the road from the Orange County Badminton Club where Bach and Gunawan both train.
With Gunawan, a 2000 Olympic gold medalist for Indonesia in men’s doubles, not expected to receive his U.S. citizenship prior to the 2008 Olympic Games, Bach, a 2004 U.S. Olympian with Kevin Han, teamed with Bob Malaythong following the 2005 season to prepare for the 2008 Olympic campaign. In 2008, Bach again made history, this time with Malaythong as the team became the first USA Badminton athletes ever to reach the quarterfinal round in Olympic competition.
Following the 2008 Olympic Games with Gunawan anticipating becoming a U.S. citizen in 2011, it made for a tempting re-unification for Bach. Testing the waters for much of the 2009 season Bach and Gunawan re-united and found they still had some magic left. Fully committed as a team and currently ranked in the top 10 of the Badminton World Federation rankings, they have their sights set squarely on making more history and becoming the first USA Badminton athletes to stand on the Olympic medal podium at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England.
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