Fun Facts

Badminton is the world’s fastest racket sport.  The fastest badminton smash in a doubles game is 332 km/h by Fu Haifeng, in a singles match is 305 km/h by Taufik Hidayat and off-court, under lab conditions is 421 km/h by Tan Boon Heong.  In tennis, Canadian Milos Raonic, who stands 6’5″ tall, created the record for the fourth biggest serve, when he released a 155.3 mph or 249.9 km/h serve at the 2012 Rogers Cup.

The International Badminton Federation is the governing body of the sport of badminton. It represents over 150 member nations, over half of which are in Asia or Europe. The IBF organizes six major badminton events, including the badminton competition at the Olympic Games.

Badminton has been an Olympic sport since 1992. The other IBF events are the World Championships, World Junior Championships, Thomas Cup (a biannual men’s team competition), Uber Cup (women’s equivalent of the Thomas), and the Sudirman Cup, which is a biannual team competition featuring singles and doubles play as well as mixed doubles.

The record for the world’s shortest badminton match is six minutes, between players Ra Kyung-min of South Korea and Julia Mann of England. The record for the longest badminton match is 124 minutes, between Peter Rasmussen of Denmark and Sun Jun of China.

The best shuttlecocks are made from the feathers from the left wing of a goose.

More than 1.1 billion people watched the 1992 Olympic Badminton competition on television.


Tennis vs. Badminton
The speed and the stamina required for badminton are far greater than for any other racket sport. At the 1985 All England (Tennis) Championships, Boris Becker defeated Kevin Curren 6-3,6-7, 7-6, 6-4. At the 1985 World Badminton Championships in Calgary, Canada, Han Jian of China defeated Morten Frost of Denmark, 14-18, 15-10, 15-8. The following is a statistical comparison of those matches.

Time: Tennis, 3 hours and 18 minutes. Badminton, 1 hour and 16 minutes.
Ball/Shuttle in Play: Tennis, 18 minutes. Badminton, 37 minutes.
Match Intensity*: Tennis, 9 percent. Badminton, 48 percent.
Rallies: Tennis 299. Badminton, 146.
Shots: Tennis, 1,004. Badminton, 1,972.
Shots Per Rally: Tennis, 3.4. Badminton, 13.5.
Distance Covered: Tennis, 2 miles. Badminton, 4 miles.

Note that the badminton players competed for half the time, yet ran twice as far and hit nearly twice as many shots.

*The actual time the ball/shuttle was in flight, divided by the length of the match.


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