Taufik Hidayat

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Birthday
10, 1981
Birthplace
Indonesia
Birth Sign
Leo
Birthday
10, 1981 (age 38)
Birthplace
Indonesia

About

Indonesian badminton player who became one of the premiere players in the world due to his overpowering backhand and forehand. He won the Indonesian Open six times from 1999 to 2006 and earned his first Olympic gold medal in 2004.

Before Fame

He joined the Bandung-based badminton club known as SGS Club as a young man, receiving his training from Iie Sumirat.

Trivia

His 305 km/h forehand jump smash against Ng Wei at the 2006 World Championships became the fastest smash ever recorded in a singles competition.

Family Life

He married Ami Gumelar, daughter of politician Agum Gumelar, in February 2006. They have a daughter named Natarina and a son named Nayutama.

Associated With

He and China's Lin Dan are both Olympic champions in men's singles badminton.