Denmark’s Peter Rasmussen (pictured) is crowned world champion in the +40 age group as he defeats Jürgen Koch of Austria in the BWF World Senior Championship final today.
It was almost 20 years ago, in Glasgow, when Peter Rasmussen sensationally won the World Championships title in the men’s singles in a dramatic match against China’s Sun Jun. Now, the former European Champion (2002) added another world’s title to his collection as he is also a world senior champion. In today’s final, the Danish number one seed beat Jürgen Koch (AUT) 21-17, 21-11 in 37 minutes to win the gold medal.
In the men’s doubles (+40) Peter Rasmussen had to settle for silver. Together with former world class player Thomas Stavngaard, Rasmussen lost to Indonesia’s Hariyanto Arbi/Tri Kusharjanto 19-21, 17-21 after 27 minutes of play.
Former Russian number one shuttler Stanislov Pukhov won the gold medal in the +35 category. He beat Thorsten Hukriede of Germany in straight games 21-13, 21-16.
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Gitte Sommer and Heidi Bender won three titles each
Denmark’s Gitte Sommer and Germany’s Heidi Bender became the most successful players of the tournament as both ladies won three titles each. Bender took the gold medals in women’s singles +55 beating Linda Wood in two games 21-5, 21-8, together with former German international Stefan Frey in the mixed doubles event and with Maren Schröder in the women’s doubles. Gitte Sommer, the first seed, defeated Csilla Gondane Forian of Hungary 21-17, 21-14 in the final of the +45 women’s singles category. With her partners Anne Birgitte Nielsen and Bo Sørensen she also took the gold medal in the women’s and mixed doubles category.
England’s former international player Rebecca Pantaney beat Mayumo Bando of Japan 21-8, 21-15 to win the gold medal in the women’s singles +35 category.
Denmark, the most successful country in Helsingborg
Denmark became the most successful country of the BWF World Senior Championships in Helsingborg by winning 9 titles. England took 6 titles, while Germany won 5 gold medals in Sweden. Players from The Netherlands went home with three world senior championships titles.
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A total of 1302 athletes from 48 countries entered the popular tournament whose seventh edition was hosted by Badminton Sweden. Competitors were vying for the title of World champion in age-group categories ranging from +35 to +70 in both singles and the three doubles events.
Previous hosts of the BWF World Senior Championships:
2013 – Ankara (Turkey)
2011 – Richmond (Canada)
2009 – Punta Umbria (Spain)
2007 – Taipeh (Taiwan)
2004 – Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
2003 - Sofia (Bulgaria)
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Article by Manuel Rösler. Photo by Yonex Scandinavia.