|Date of Birth
|November 20, 1990
|1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Dong-keun Lee is a Korean badminton player specializing in men's singles. He was born on 20 November 1990 in Seoul, South Korea. The right handed Korean player have world ranking 28 and World tour ranking 30 in men’s single.
Dong Keun Lee started badminton in order to be healthy and fit. His family has had great influence in his career. He wants to be a player like Lee Hyun IL, a great Korean badminton player. Since his early age he started playing badminton competitively. With dream to win gold medal in Rio Olympics he started his career.
He got the membership of national team in 2009. His international senior debut for Korean team was in 2012. Before that he had won bronze in BWF World Junior Championships 2008.
Rise to Glory
Before international debut he had won silver in 2008 Asian junior championship and world junior championship in mixed team and bronze medal in boys single world junior championship.
Lee won his first international senior title at the 2011 Vietnam international tournament. After that he got chance to play for his national team in 2012. In the same year he defeated Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk to win Korea Master BWF Grand Prix Gold. He represented his country in 2012 Thomas Cup held in Wuhan and won silver medal.
Lee ended 2012 with successful titles. Now he was ready for upcoming challenges in 2013. He won silver medal in thirteenth Sudirman Cup 2013 from mixed team. In 2014 he won first gold for his team in Asian Games men’s team. In 2015 he cannot continue his form in Sudirman Cup, he was satisfied with bronze medal. In 2016 he won two bronze medals in Thomas Cup and Asian Teams Championship. In the same year of 2016 he got chance to represent his country at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. On 29 September 2016 he got his highest career ranking 16.
In 2017 Sudirman Cup he won his second Gold medal from mixed team. In 2018 he was settled with bronze medal in Asian Team Championship. But in 2018 U.S. open tournament he was different. He won his first men’s single gold in the tournament. In 23 august 2018 he got his new ranking which was disappointing for him. His ranking in the date was world ranking 28 which his current ranking.
Lee was low on many occasions in his career. After spending many years in pro circuit and surrounded by good team mates he lost 21-2 against Tommy Sugiarto in Korea Men’s open in 2016. It was a great shame for him to lose with such score. Despite of being player of Men’s Single he has more medals in other genre. After 2015, his performance was not as expected. Many times he was settled with bronze.
2014 Asiad Gold winner, Lee Dong Keun is the only other South Korean in the Awadhe Warriors lineup. The PBL debutant, who won the US Open earlier in the year has looked in sublime form and it will be an intriguing contest to watch the South Korean adding to the Warriors firepower.
Dong keun lee have ambition to win gold in Rio Olympics. Every day he prepares for it. In 2018 he looked in good form as he won 2018 U.S. open championship. His next tournament is Premier Badminton league 2018-19 where he is debuting from Awadhe Warriors.