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On this day: Padukone made history at All England C'ships

Source: ANI  -  Edited By: Norma Godinho
March 23, 2020 18:26 IST
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Prakash Padukone at the All England Championships

IMAGE: Prakash Padukone comprehensively outclassed Liem Swie King 15-3, 15-10 to script history at the All England Badminton Championships in 1980. Photograph: Twitter

It was on March 23, 1980, when former shuttler Prakash Padukone became the first Indian to win the All England Badminton Championships.

The then 24-year-old Padukone beat Indonesia's Liem Swie King in the summit clash at the Wembley Stadium to win the prestigious tournament. The final was built up as a clash of the titans as both Padukone and King had not dropped a single game before the summit clash.

 

King was however comprehensively outclassed in the final as Padukone won 15-3, 15-10.

When Padukone won the All England Championships, he was seeded third and had entered the tournament on a high after winning two other competitions.

Padukone’s career is also decorated with another big title having clinched the country's first world championship medal after winning the bronze medal in the 1983 championships.

Pullela Gopichand is the only other Indian to have won the All England Open, winning the title in 2001.

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Source: ANI  -  Edited By: Norma Godinho
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