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Discussion in 'Olympics ATHENS 2004' started by MEL888, Aug 20, 2004.
i would just like to know what brand and model the recent olympic badminton gold medalists use..
hmmmm WS gold medalist zhang ning uses AT700 if i'm not wrong..
anybody realized that MP99 is a bad luck racket in this olympics?
Yah ! Sony uses Mp99 and lost this afternoon.
That is correct, as does the chinese number 3.
I Think You Mean 4...
lin dan uses it too
Also, don't forget about the MP-88. Peter GADE and Mia AUDINA used it and both lost.
On the question of the MP99 being unlucky, I'd like to add that Ra Kyung-min uses it, as well Lin Dan, etc. Sigit Budiarto also uses it, not sure if Trikus does too, probably.
Actually, I've only seen Gao Ling win with it this time around. I've seen quite a few players with the AT700, haven't seen any AT800s though, I wonder why? Don't the players like the new racket, or maybe it just hasn't been around long enough for them to get used to.
Shon Seung Mo seems to be using an oval headed racket, maybe a CAB.
Out of the 24 medallists from Sydney, I think 23 played with Yonex (I'm sure I've seen that in a Yonex brochure). I think one Dane was using a Forza racket. This time around, they won't beat that because Emms/Robertson play with Carlton (who must be over the moon).
Not long enough? Not quite true. A lot of players (i.e. Fu/Cai) were using that during TC/UC.
what were the WD using today?
I saw something green and Yonex, but I only recognise MP100 and MP99.
Update, I have seen Ra using the AT800OF aswell as DF. Sigit has not used the MP99 for a while. I think he went back to carbonex. I think Sigit made the switch to At800 too, but need pictures to confirm.
Carbonex is making a comeback in the Cab30 as used by some of the Koreans.
Some stalwarts are sticking to their old favourites such as the Ti10 and MP100. Gosen, SOTX, Carlton, Babolat, Browning and Forza have made appearances during the games but nothing compared to Yonex. AT800 OF/DE is gaining popularity in doubles. AT700 is popular in singles.
Sorry, I meant I've seen Ra use the MP99 in previous tournaments, I didn't actually get to see her in this one as she got knocked out in the mixed before I had a chance to tape the match
I've taped the WD though so I'll be able to tell for sure when I watch it tonight.
Kim was using Ti-10, normally Ha used the old Isometric 800 (half year ago), but the non Yonex racket at Sydney was the carlton of Simon Archer. So Carlton actually improve, but the rackets must be the first Carlton Isometric ones as far as I can record.
Fu was using Ti-10 and Cai was using AT 800 (I think OE), KDM used both Ti-10 and another yonex dat I failed to confirm
MP88 is a luckier racket than Mp99, at least the 2 players went all the way up to the quarter (Gade) and final (Mia)... too bad my favourite Cab 20 (Xia) didnt appear in the olympics, it might be the champz racket!!
Err, what r u talking about?
gao won gold and silver with mp99
The 'ice lady' Zhang Jiewen won WD gold with mp99
soniDK won bronze MS with mp99
Hey Fend, cab30 didnt rule at the MS final
Notice that many singles players use AT700?
(medalists zhou mi, gong R, zhang ning, taufik to name a few)
is it possible that the racquet somewhat reflects the player in a very minimal way? i have noticed the success of AT700 users tho...
HIDAYAT Taufik - AT700
SHON Seung Mo - CAB30MS
KUNCORO Soni Dwi - MP99
PONSANA Boonsak - Gosen 3400
ZHANG Ning - AT700
AUDINA Mia - MP88
ZHOU Mi - AT700
GONG Ruina - AT700
KIM Dong Moon - Ti10
HA Tae Kwon - AT800OF
LEE Dong Soo - CAB21
YOO Yong Sung - Ti10
HIAN Eng - ???
LIMPELE Flandy - AT800OF
ERIKSEN Jens - MP100
LUNDGAARD H. Martin - IsoTi
ZHANG Jiewen - MP99
YANG Wei - AT800DE
GAO Ling - MP99
Huang Sui - AT700
RA Kyung Min - AT800OF
LEE Kyung Won - AT800DE
ZHAO Tingting - MP99
WEI Yili - MP99
Zhang Jun - MP100
ROBERTSON Nathan - Carlton
EMMS Gail - Carlton
SCHJOLDAGER Mette - MP88
The Ti-10 is still favoured by Kim DM and Yoo YS but most are going AT700/800 now. It does reflect the players somewhat, but if such an 'old' racquet still appeals to the two double specialists, then it must have something to do with the extreme leaning towards power in opposed to control to suit their baseline smashing game. But then again, they are good enough to use any racquet anyway.
Yea yea don't have to rub it in!!!