The badminton world mourns the death of Jørgen Hammergaard Hansen. The former Danish great passed away on 22 August 2013. Hammergaard Hansen (born 1930) won numerous major international titles from the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s. Though he competed in singles at a strong international level during the first half of his career, it was as a doubles player that he made his mark, capturing the All-England men's doubles titles with Finn Kobberø (1955, 1956, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964) and reaching the finals of the All-England mixed doubles on three occasions.
Noted for his powerful smash and strong backhand, Hammergaard Hansen took part in five consecutive Thomas Cup campaigns for Denmark between 1952 and 1964, winning over 80 percent of his matches. He retired from international badminton in 1966. In 1998 he was inducted into the BWF Badminton Hall of Fame.
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