| Event type

Singles, Men

Date24 July – 1 August 1996
LocationGeorgia State University Sports Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
Participants48 from 29 countries
FormatSingle-elimination tournament.

There were 48 players entered, with 16 players seeded into the second round. Denmark’s Poul-Erik Høyer Larsen had won the All-England championships in both 1990 and 1991. In the quarter-finals he faced the defending gold medalist, Alan Budikusuma, and took him out, 15-5, 15-9. In the semis he faced the 1995 World Champion, Hariyanto Arbi (INA), and eliminated him 15-11, 15-6. His final opponent was China’s Dong Jiong, but Høyer-Larsen easily dealt with him, 15-12, 15-10, finishing the tournament without losing a game. Høyer-Larsen played on his old )lucky) shoes, which were at least seven (some sources say 12) years old, and were nearly falling apart. But he had won the All Englands on them, and now won Olympic gold in them. Høyer-Larsen’s title is the only badminton gold medal won by a non-Asian player thru 2008. His countryman, Thomas Stuer-Lauridsen, had won bronze in men’s singles in 1992, also the only badminton medal won by a non-Asian at those Olympics. Heryanto Arbi lost the bronze medal match to Rashid )Adul) Sidek Mohamed of Malaysia, whose brothers, Razif and Jalani, had won a bronze in men’s doubles in 1992.

1Poul-Erik Høyer LarsenDENGold
2Dong JiongCHNSilver
3Adul Sidek MohamedMASBronze
4Hariyanto ArbiINA
=5Alan BudikusumaINA
=5Lee Gwang-JinKOR
=5Park Seong-UKOR
=5Joko SupriantoINA
=9Jens OlssonSWE
=9Yu LizhiCHN
=9Thomas Stuer-LauridsenDEN
=9Fumihiko MachidaJPN
=9Iain SydieCAN
=9Liu En-HungTPE
=9Sun JunCHN
=9Ong Ewe HockMAS
=17Pontus JänttiFIN
=17Peter KnowlesGBR
=17Andrey AntropovRUS
=17Jaimie DawsonCAN
=17Joris van SoerlandNED
=17Hannes FuchsAUT
=17Chang Jeng-ShyuangTPE
=17Kittipon KittikulTHA
=17Thomas WappSUI
=17Darren HallGBR
=17Michael HelberGER
=17Deepankar BhattacharyaIND
=17Kim Hak-GyunKOR
=17Tomas JohanssonSWE
=17Jeroen van DijkNED
=17Vladyslav DruzhchenkoUKR
=33Kenneth ErichsenGUA
=33Kevin HanUSA
=33Oscar BrandonSUR
=33Oliver PongratzGER
=33Kayode AkinsanyaNGR
=33Julian RobertsonGBR
=33Stephan BeeharryMRI
=33Todor VelkovBUL
=33Murray HockingAUS
=33Mario CarullaPER
=33Édouard ClarisseMRI
=33Mikhail KorshukBLR
=33Étienne ThoboisFRA
=33Pavel UvarovRUS
=33Robert LiljequistFIN
=33Ron MichelsNED

Round One

Date24 July 1996
FormatWinner of each match advanced to round two.
MatchDate/TimeCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Match #124 JulJoko Suprianto (1)INAbye
Match #224 JulPontus JänttiFINbye
Match #324 JulJens OlssonSWE12-15, 15-6, 17-15Kenneth ErichsenGUA
Match #424 JulPeter KnowlesGBR2-15, 15-10, 15-7Kevin HanUSA
Match #524 JulAdul Sidek Mohamed (5/8)MASbye
Match #624 JulAndrey AntropovRUSbye
Match #724 JulJaimie DawsonCAN15-5, 15-4Oscar BrandonSUR
Match #824 JulYu LizhiCHN15-5, 12-15, 15-1Oliver PongratzGER
Match #924 JulDong Jiong (3/4)CHNbye
Match #1024 JulJoris van SoerlandNEDbye
Match #1124 JulThomas Stuer-LauridsenDEN15-2, 15-2Kayode AkinsanyaNGR
Match #1224 JulHannes FuchsAUT15-2, 15-6Julian RobertsonGBR
Match #1324 JulPark Seong-U (5/8)KORbye
Match #1424 JulChang Jeng-ShyuangTPEbye
Match #1524 JulFumihiko MachidaJPN15-11, 15-5Stephan BeeharryMRI
Match #1624 JulKittipon KittikulTHA15-7, 17-15Todor VelkovBUL
Match #1724 JulIain SydieCAN15-9, 15-9Murray HockingAUS
Match #1824 JulThomas WappSUI15-8, 10-15, 15-11Mario CarullaPER
Match #1924 JulDarren HallGBR15-4, 15-4Ron MichelsNED
Match #2024 JulLee Gwang-Jin (5/8)KORbye
Match #2124 JulLiu En-HungTPE15-10, 15-2Édouard ClarisseMRI
Match #2224 JulMichael HelberGER15-12, 15-1Mikhail KorshukBLR
Match #2324 JulDeepankar BhattacharyaINDbye
Match #2424 JulHariyanto Arbi (3/4)INAbye
Match #2524 JulKim Hak-GyunKORAnil KaulCANwalkover
Match #2624 JulSun JunCHN15-5, 15-6Étienne ThoboisFRA
Match #2724 JulTomas JohanssonSWEbye
Match #2824 JulAlan Budikusuma (5/8)INAbye
Match #2924 JulJeroen van DijkNED15-8, 15-10Pavel UvarovRUS
Match #3024 JulOng Ewe HockMAS15-1, 15-6Robert LiljequistFIN
Match #3124 JulVladyslav DruzhchenkoUKRbye
Match #3224 JulPoul-Erik Høyer Larsen (2)DENbye

Round Two

Date25 July 1996
FormatWinner of each match advanced to round three.
MatchDate/TimeCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Match #125 JulJoko Suprianto (1)INA15-1, 15-5Pontus JänttiFIN
Match #225 JulJens OlssonSWE15-11, 15-9Peter KnowlesGBR
Match #325 JulAdul Sidek Mohamed (5/8)MAS15-11, 15-7Andrey AntropovRUS
Match #425 JulYu LizhiCHN15-10, 15-11Jaimie DawsonCAN
Match #525 JulDong Jiong (3/4)CHN15-9, 15-4Joris van SoerlandNED
Match #625 JulThomas Stuer-LauridsenDEN15-12, 15-5Hannes FuchsAUT
Match #725 JulPark Seong-U (5/8)KOR15-5, 15-3Chang Jeng-ShyuangTPE
Match #825 JulFumihiko MachidaJPN15-7, 15-11Kittipon KittikulTHA
Match #925 JulIain SydieCAN15-7, 15-7Thomas WappSUI
Match #1025 JulLee Gwang-Jin (5/8)KOR15-7, 15-11Darren HallGBR
Match #1125 JulLiu En-HungTPE8-15, 15-0, 15-2Michael HelberGER
Match #1225 JulHariyanto Arbi (3/4)INA15-5, 15-4Deepankar BhattacharyaIND
Match #1325 JulSun JunCHN15-5, 17-4Kim Hak-GyunKOR
Match #1425 JulAlan Budikusuma (5/8)INA15-5, 15-1Tomas JohanssonSWE
Match #1525 JulOng Ewe HockMAS15-11, 15-10Jeroen van DijkNED
Match #1625 JulPoul-Erik Høyer Larsen (2)DEN15-7, 15-6Vladyslav DruzhchenkoUKR

Round Three

Date26 July 1996
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.
MatchDate/TimeCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Match #126 JulJoko Suprianto (1)INA15-11, 15-12Jens OlssonSWE
Match #226 JulAdul Sidek Mohamed (5/8)MAS15-5, 15-2Yu LizhiCHN
Match #326 JulDong Jiong (3/4)CHN15-6, 18-15Thomas Stuer-LauridsenDEN
Match #426 JulPark Seong-U (5/8)KOR15-5, 15-9Fumihiko MachidaJPN
Match #526 JulLee Gwang-Jin (5/8)KOR15-8, 15-12Iain SydieCAN
Match #626 JulHariyanto Arbi (3/4)INA15-0, 15-7Liu En-HungTPE
Match #726 JulAlan Budikusuma (5/8)INA15-5, 15-6Sun JunCHN
Match #826 JulPoul-Erik Høyer Larsen (2)DEN17-14, 15-9Ong Ewe HockMAS


Date28 July 1996
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.
MatchDate/TimeCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Match #128 JulAdul Sidek Mohamed (5/8)MAS15-5, 15-12Joko Suprianto (1)INA
Match #228 JulDong Jiong (3/4)CHN15-6, 15-6Park Seong-U (5/8)KOR
Match #328 JulHariyanto Arbi (3/4)INA15-0, 15-13Lee Gwang-Jin (5/8)KOR
Match #428 JulPoul-Erik Høyer Larsen (2)DEN15-5, 15-9Alan Budikusuma (5/8)INA


Date30 July 1996
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the final round.
MatchDate/TimeCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Match #130 JulDong Jiong (3/4)CHN15-6, 18-16Adul Sidek Mohamed (5/8)MAS
Match #230 JulPoul-Erik Høyer Larsen (2)DEN15-11, 15-6Hariyanto Arbi (3/4)INA

Final Round

Date31 July – 1 August 1996
MatchDate/TimeCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Match 1/201 Aug 10:00Poul-Erik Høyer Larsen (2)DEN15-12, 15-10Dong Jiong (3/4)CHN
Match 3/431 Jul 19:45Adul Sidek Mohamed (5/8)MAS5-15, 15-11, 15-6Hariyanto Arbi (3/4)INA