Chung So Young

Chung So Young
South Korea
Born: 20 February, 1967

Chung So Young was born on February 20, 1967, in Gimje, North Jeolla, Korea. The Korean legend won over forty individual titles in both Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles with no fewer than thirteen different partners. Among her numerous titles, she won five titles at the All England (1988, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1994) with four different partners in Women’s Doubles. In addition, Chung won two gold medals at the 1994 Asian Games medals in Mixed Doubles with Yoo Yong Sung and the Women’s Team Event. She is famous for winning the first ever Olympics gold medal in Women’s Doubles with Hwang Hye Young at the 1992 Barcelona Games. Chung was also a member of Korea’s two successful Sudirman Cup campaigns in 1991 and 1993. Both times, she played Women’s Doubles and contributed a vital point to Korea’s victory of 3-2 over Indonesia. Chung So Young was inducted into the IBF Hall of Fame in 2003.

Chung So Young was born on February 20, 1967, in Gimje, North Jeolla, Korea.

Chung began appearing on the badminton scene during her high school years. She attended the Gunsan Girls’ High School in Gunsan. When Chung was in her second year of high school, she reached the semi-finals of the 1984 Korean National Championships in Women’s singles, Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles.

Shortly after Chung turned 18 years old, she reached the semi-final of the 1985 Danish Open with Hwang Hye Young. The following year, she went all the way to the final in Mixed Doubles with Lee Deuk Choon but fell to compatriots, Park Joo Bong and Chung Myung Hee.

Chung won her first international title with Kim Yun Ja in Women’s Doubles at the 1987 Hong Kong Open. Just a month later, Chung and Kim bronzed at the World Championships in Beijing after losing out to the eventual winners, Lin Ying and Guan Weizhen of China.

Chung played in the golden era of Korean Women’s Doubles from the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s. The Koreans are notorious for constantly mixing up their pairs and it was no exception in Chung’s case. The Korean legend won over forty individual titles in both Women’s Doubles and Mixed doubles with no fewer than thirteen different partners (Park Joo Bong, Kim Yun Ja, Kim Ho Ja, Lee Deuk Choon, Hwang Hye Young, Chung Myung Hee, Lee Sang Bok, Yoo Yong Sung, Kim Dong Moon, Gil Young Ah, Jang Hye Ock, Kim Moon Soo, and Choi Sang Beom).

Chung won five titles at the All England (1988, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1994) with four different partners in Women’s Doubles. She also won three titles in Women’s Doubles (1987, 1988, 1993) and two titles in Mixed Doubles (1987, 1996) at the US Open. All of her titles at the US Open were won with different partners.

In 1988, Chung was chosen to represent Korea at the Olympic Games Demonstration Event held in Seoul. She played with Kim Yun Ja and the pair won the event with a triumph over Lin Ying and Guan Weizhen in the final.

At the inaugural Sudirman Cup in 1989, Korea played against Indonesia in the final round. Chung and Hwang were sent to play the second match against Yanti Kusmiati and Verawaty. They defeated the Indonesians and scored a point for Korea. Chung was sent out a second time with Park to secure the final and deciding point of the tie. However, Chung and Park were up against a vengeful Verawaty who returned to play the Mixed Doubles with Eddy Hartono. Verawaty and Hartono crushed Korea’s hopes with a win of 18-13, 15-3 over Chung and Park. With the final point from Mixed Doubles, Indonesia won the tie 3-2 over Korea and the Sudirman Cup.

At the 1990 Asian Games, Chung and Gil were runners-up in Women’s Doubles after losing to Guan Weizhen and Nong Qunhua in the final 11-15, 4-15. Chung also won the Korea Open four consecutive times in Women’s Doubles from 1991-1994. She shared the first two titles with Hwang and the latter two with Gil.

In 1991, Chung and her teammates returned to the Sudirman Cup for another try at the cup. They met Indonesia again in the final round. Chung and Hwang swept aside Rosiana Tendean and Erma Sulistyaningsih with the scores of 15-6, 15-7 to earn a point for Korea. Once again, it came down to the fifth and deciding match. This time, fortune has turned in their favour and Korea defeated Indonesia 3-2.

In 1992, Chung and Hwang won the Olympic Test Tournament which was played in the official venue in Barcelona. The 1992 Barcelona Olympics Games was the first time that badminton was included as a full-fledged sport with all events except for Mixed Doubles. Chung and Hwang had no problems reaching the finals with easy wins in their first three rounds. Things would prove to be more difficult against China’s Guan Weizhen and Nong Qunhua. The Women’s Doubles final was the tightest final of the tournament. The first game was a close affair that went to deuce before the Koreans cinched the game. The Chinese won the second game 12-15 to pull it even with the Koreans. The Koreans were leading 14-13 in the third game when Chung served short to the front doubles service line. The Chinese deemed the service out and let the shuttle fall but it was judged in to end the game 15-13 in the favour of the Koreans. Chung and Hwang leaped in the air in celebration and embraced each other before falling to the ground.

After the Games, Chung mostly partnered with Gil. Chung and Gil won multiple titles including back to back victories at the All England (1993, 1994), Japan Open (1993, 1994), Korea Open (1993, 1994), Swedish Open (1993, 1994).

The defending champions returned to the 1993 Sudirman to prolong their reign. For a third consecutive time, Korea faced off Indonesia in the final. Chung and Gil needed to go three games to defeat Finarshi and Lili Tampi 6-15, 17-15, 15-11. Once again, it went down the fifth and deciding match and Korea triumphed over Indonesia 3-2 for a second consecutive gold medal at the 1993 Sudirman Cup.

At the 1994 Asian Games, Chung won a silver medal in Women’s Doubles with Gil and a gold medal in the Mixed Doubles with Yoo Yong Sung. She was also a key member of the winning Korea squad in the Women’s Double Event. Apart from a brief comeback at the 1996 US Open, the 1994 Asian Games was the last time that Chung played for Korea on the international stage.

After her playing career, Chung married Kim Beom Shik. Her husband was from the same province in Korea and also played on the national team. He later began coaching for the storied badminton team at Masan Sungji Girls’ Middle School and later Sungji Girls’ High School. All of their three daughters – Kim Hye Jeong, Kim So Jeong and Kim Yoo Jeong – began playing badminton in Masan.

In 2000, Chung left Jeonbuk Bank badminton team to join her husband who was also a physical education teacher in Masan. She established there the “Chung So Young Athletic Badminton School.”

Chung mainly promoted badminton among recreational players but moved back to her hometown to begin coaching at the Sungshim Girls’s High School in Jeonju around 2015. From 2016, her two younger daughters joined her in Jeonju. As of 2018, So Jeong was in Sungshim Girls’ High School being coached by her mother while Yoo Jeong was in Sungshim Girls’ Middle School.

Chung So Young was inducted into the IBF Hall of Fame in 2003.

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

2003 – IBF Hall of Fame

BIBLIOGRAPHY & REFERENCES

2001 US Open Official Programme

2012 Indonesia Open Program Book

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  --  By Yves Lacroix

  • NATIONAL TITLES AND ACHIEVEMENTS (in order by year)
  • 1990 Korean National Championships (Women’s Doubles with Jun Sung Sook)
  • 1992 Korean National Championships (Women’s Doubles with Kim Jae Jung) + (Mixed Doubles with Kim Jae Hwan)
  • 1995 Korean National Championships (Women’s Doubles with Kim Shin Young)
  • INTERNATIONAL TITLES AND ACHIEVEMENTS (in order by year)
  • 1988 All England (Women’s Doubles with Kim Yun Ja)
  • 1988 Olympic Games Demonstration Event (Women’s Doubles with Kim Yun Ja)
  • 1989 All England (Women’s Doubles with Chung Myung Hee)
  • 1991 All England (Women’s Doubles with Hwang Hye Young)
  • 1991 Asian Badminton Championships (Women’s Doubles with Hwang Hye Young)
  • 1991 Asia Cup (Women’s Doubles with Hwang Hye Young)
  • 1991 World Cup (Women’s Doubles with Hwang Hye Young)
  • 1992 Olympic Games (Women’s Doubles with Hwang Hye Young)
  • 1993 All England (Women’s Doubles with Gil Young Ah)
  • 1994 All England (Women’s Doubles with Gil Young Ah)
  • 1994 Asian Games (Mixed Doubles with Yoo Yong Sung)
  • 1994 Asia Cup (Women’s Doubles with Jang Hye Ock)
  • INTERNATIONAL TEAM EVENT TITLES AND ACHIEVEMENTS
  • 1991 Sudirman Cup (Played for Korea)
  • 1993 Sudirman Cup (Played for Korea)
  • 1994 Asian Games (Played for Korea)