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Hidayat is IBF player of the year
January 18, 2005 15:24 IST
Olympic men's singles gold medallist Taufik Hidayat has been named the International Badminton Federation's player of the year for 2004.
The 23-year-old Indonesian was unseeded in Athens but stormed to success, dropping only one game in his five matches before claiming the Olympic title over South Korea's Shon Seung-mo.
Hidayat also captured the Asian championship, played a key part in Indonesia's Thomas Cup campaign and won the Indonesian Open for a fifth time.
Previous IBF award winners include Danes Peter Gade (1998), his ex-fiancee Camilla Martin (1999) and South Korea's Kim Dong-moon (2002).