Won the national senior title for nine consecutive years
Won gold medal in 1979 Commonwealth Games
Won Danish Open and Swedish Open
Won the prestigious All England Badminton Championship in 1979
Prakash Padukone is an Indian badminton player and the best badminton player India has ever seen. Known as the “Gentle Tiger” on the court, Prakash was the first Indian badminton player to win the prestigious All England Badminton Championship.
He was born on 10 June 1955 in Bangalore, Karnataka. His father, Ramesh Padukone worked as the secretary of the Mysore Badminton Association for many years and introduced him to the sport at an early age, seeing great potential and talent in Prakash.
The first official badminton tournament that Prakash participated in was the Karnataka State Junior Championship 1962, in which he lost in the first round. Improving his performance, Prakash was able to win the State Junior Championship 2 years later in 1964. Later, he won the National Junior Badminton Championship in 1970. In the same year, he witnessed the legendary badminton player Rudy Hartono. Indonesia is playing a power packed game in Jabalpur, India. Rudy’s game, full of aggression and power. Taking inspiration from him, Prakash decided to change his style of play from mild to aggressive and there is no looking back. In 1971, at the age of 16, he won both the Junior National and Senior National Badminton titles.
After his first national senior badminton title, Prakash was included in the Indian international badminton team for the Thomas Cup, but his first major win at the international level came years later, in 1978. Meanwhile, he won. Bronze medal in Tehran Asian Games 1974. In the same year, they lost in the quarter-final match at the Christ Church Commonwealth Games.
First international performance
He won the gold medal at the Edmonton Commonwealth Games in 1978, defeating England’s Derek Talbot. This was the first major international title that Prakash won, followed by the 1979 English Masters Championship title at the Royal Albert Hall, London. Further, he won the Danish Open and Swedish Open championships in 1980.
Prakash’s badminton career reached the highest point in the final of the prestigious All England Badminton Championship when he defeated the reigning champion, Lim Swee King of Indonesia to win the prestigious title known as Wimbledon. Badminton.His victory at the All England Badminton Championship earned Prakash the world No. 1 ranking, which he is the only Indian to achieve till date. He had now entered the league of the world’s best badminton players of his time, and at the 1980 Swedish Open he faced his idol, Rudi Hartono, in the opening round of the tournament. Prakash defeated Rudy 9–15, 15–12 and 15–1, and although he could easily win 15–0 in the final set, he did not want to embarrass his idol. Next, he won the Alba World Cup Badminton 1981 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He was the first Indian badminton player to win the World Cup. He won the Dutch Open and Hong Kong Open championships in 1982. Prakash won a bronze medal at the 1983 World Badminton Championships held in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Awards and honors
Prakash Padukone was awarded the Arjuna Award by the Government of India in 2008 in recognition of his extraordinary achievements as a badminton player at the national and international level and his exceptional service to the country through sports. 1972. Further, in 1982, he was awarded the Padma Shri.
Prakash was introduced to the game by his father Ramesh Padukone, who was the secretary of the “Mysore Badminton Association” for many years.
Padukone’s first official competition was the Karnataka State Junior Championship in 1962. Although he lost in the first round, he managed to win the state junior title two years later. He changed his playing style to a more aggressive style in 1971 and won the Indian National Junior title in 1972. He also won the senior title in the same year. He won the national title for the next seven consecutive years. In 1978, he won his first major international title, the men’s singles gold medal at the 1978 Commonwealth Games in Edmonton, Canada. In 1979, he won the “Evening of Champions” at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
In 1980, he won the Danish Open, Swedish Open and became the first Indian to win the men’s singles title at the All England Championship by defeating Indonesian rival Leem Swee King. He trained in Denmark for most of his international career and formed close friendships with European players such as Morton Frost.
After retiring from competitive play in 1991, Padukone briefly served as the president of the Badminton Association of India. He also served as the coach of the Indian national badminton team from 1993 to 1996.
Search for Olympic gold
After retirement, Padukone tried to mentor budding young athletes and help them achieve glory for the country. He runs the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy and is the co-founder of Olympic Gold Quest with Geet Sethi, which is dedicated to promoting the Olympic Games in India.