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Jun 15 Howard Bach and Tony Gunawan win Men’s Doubles Bronze Medal at the 2011 Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold Badminton Championships

June 15, 2011, 7:56 p.m. (ET)

For Immediate Release

June 13, 2011

 

Howard Bach and Tony Gunawan win Men’s Doubles Bronze Medal at the 2011 Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold Badminton Championships

 

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.Howard Bach (San Francisco, Calif./Orange, Calif.) and Tony Gunawan (Los Angeles, Calif.) continued racking up valuable 2012 Olympic qualification ranking points this weekend winning the bronze medal in men’s doubles at the 2011 Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold Badminton Championships in Bangkok, Thailand.

 

Coming off of their undefeated and team leading performances at the 2011 Sudirman Cup in Qingdao, China, Bach and Gunawan continued earning points on their journey to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England.  In the first round they matched up against China’s Xiaolong Liu and Zihan Qui defeating them two games to none (21-13 and 21-19).  In the next round they defeated Luluk Hadiyanto and Imam Sodiken Irawan of Indonesia two games to one (15-21, 21-12 and 21-12).  In the quarterfinals Bach and Gunawan, the eights seed, faced the third seeded Chinese Taipei team of Chieh Min Fang and Sheng Mu Lee defeating them two games to none (21-17 and 22-20).  In the semifinals Bach and Gunawan fell to the number one seeded Jae Sung Jung and Yong Dae Lee of Korea, two games to none (18-21 and 11-21).  June and Lee went on to win the gold medal.  Bach and Gunawan shared the bronze with Sung Hyun Ko and Yeon Seong Yoo, also of Korea.  Alvent Yulianto Chandra and Hendra Aprida Gunawan of Indonesia won the silver medal.

 

For complete results and full brackets from the 2011 Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold Badminton Championships please visit:  http://www.tournamentsoftware.com/sport/tournament.aspx?id=D446290E-92F3-4DF7-AD28-DB9E19FA4ACC.

 

With their bronze medal performance at the 2011 Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold Badminton Championships, coupled with their strong showing at the 2011 Sudirman Cup in Qindao, China, Bach and Gunawan are off to a strong start in their quest to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England.  The Badminton World Federation’s Olympic Qualification season for the 2012 Olympic Games began on May 1, 2011 and will run through April 30, 2012.  Participation in the Olympic Games is solely determined by an athlete’s international ranking.  Five badminton events will be contested at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England; men’s doubles, women’s doubles, men’s singles, women’s singles and mixed doubles.

 

For more information, please contact Cecil Bleiker, NGB Media Services Director for USA Badminton at 719-330-2062.  This press release is also available on the USOC’s media specific website at PRESSBOX.TEAMUSA.ORG.

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