Here is the list of some facts and achievements of the badminton maestro.

1. He was born in Bangalore on June 10, 1955 and started playing badminton at very young age.

2. He was introduced to badminton by his father who was the secretary of the Mysore Badminton Association for many years. He made his tournament debut at the 1962 Karnataka State Junior Championship.

3. Prakash’s badminton idol was Rudy Hartono, a legendary Indonesian badminton player. Prakash luckily played against Rudy Hartono in Swedish Open and beat him.

4. In the year 1971, Prakash Padukone won both the boy's and men's singles tournament at national level. He was the National senior champion from 1971 to 1979.

5. He was bestowed with the prestigious Arjuna Award in the year 1972.

6. He won Gold Medal at the 1978 Commonwealth Games.

7. He won English Masters at royal Albert Hall of London in 1979.

8. He is the first Indian to win All England Badminton Championship in 1980. He won the coveted title after defeating Liem Swie King of Indonesia in the final.

9. He won first open prize money tournament in Pune in the year 1981.

10. He was awarded Padmashree in the year 1982.

11. He won Dutch Open and Hong Kong Open in 1982.

12. He bagged Bronze Medal in the 1983 Copenhagen World badminton championships.

13. He coached the Indian badminton team that bagged the Silver Medal in the Men's event and Bronze Medal in the Women's event at 1998 Commonwealth Games.

14. He spent much of his international career training in Denmark.

15. After his retirement in 1991, he headed the Badminton Association of India. He also coached the Indian National badminton team from 1993 to 1996.

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