Born on the 30th of September 1977, a Dane destined for greatness was born. Thomas Laybourn was for more than a few years one of the best badminton players, not just domestically but internationally as well.
However, it was not before he was in his late 20’s that he made his international breakthrough. Having won the Danish National Championships together with Kamilla Rytter Juhl for the first time just a few weeks earlier, the two managed to finish as runners-up at the All England in March 2005, losing to Nathan Robertson and Gail Emms.
That breakthrough was the beginning of a long period in which Laybourn would manifest himself as one of the best mixed doubles players in the world. In the following seven and a half years he and Kamilla Rytter Juhl were one of the most respected mixed doubles pairs in the world.
In 2009 the duo achieved their greatest win ever, when they won the World Championships.
With Rytter Juhl, Laybourn also managed to win the Yonex Copenhagen Masters twice, first in 2006 and later in 2009. Also the Yonex Denmark Open tournament has the two Danes listed as winners for two years. Those years are 2005 and 2010.
Although his greatest victories have been achieved in the mixed doubles’ category, he did for some seasons also feature in the men’s doubles’ category, first with Peter Steffensen and later with Lars Paaske.
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