Geoff Hinder from the National Badminton Museum introduces us to an extraordinary Men’s Singles Final from 1984, featuring possibly Denmark’s greatest ever…
The Danish legend Morten Frost, often referred to as badminton’s first millionaire, dominated European and world badminton from 1976 to 1991. He spent twelve years in the world’s top three ranking, with seven of those years as the number 1. The Dane reached eight consecutive Yonex All England Championship finals, and won half of them (1982, 1984, 1986, and 1987). Frost was European champion twice, in 1984 and 1986, and also twice a finalist at the World Championships, in 1985 and 1987. Despite his many accolades, he never won the World Championship, though many consider him a world champion due to his other successes.
Featured Champions film: - 1984 Yonex All-England Men’s Singles Final - Morten Frost (Denmark) v Liem Swie King (Indonesia) played at the Wembley Arena, London. This was the first year that Yonex sponsored the Championships.]
We join the match at the start of the second half of the third and final game; they had already been playing for over an hour. In a match that has become iconic, Frost fought back tooth and nail from a game down and a score of 5-10 in the second. Frost’s determination finally paid off and was highlighted in the last rally of the match, when he dived twice to reach the shuttlecock and successfully closed the match with a score of 9-15, 15-10, 15-10.
Photo: - Peter Richardson
Geoff Hinder - National Badminton Museum