Indian badminton player Satwiksairaj Rankireddy has set a new Guinness World Record for the fastest hit by a male player in badminton. Satwik achieved a staggering speed of 565 km/h (351 mph) with his smash, surpassing the previous record set in 2013 by Malaysian player Tan Boon Heong, who recorded a speed of 493 km/h (306 mph).
It’s worth noting that Satwik’s smash speed even exceeded the top speed of 372.6 km/h achieved by a Formula 1 car. The record-setting event took place in a controlled environment at the Yonex factory gymnasium in Soka, Saitama, Japan.
In the women’s category, the Guinness World Record for the fastest badminton hit is held by Malaysia’s Tan Pearly, who achieved a remarkable speed of 438 km/h (272 mph).
“Yonex is proud to announce that Yonex badminton athletes, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy (IND) and Tan Pearly (MAS), have set new Guinness World Records title for the fastest male and female badminton hits,” the Japanese sports equipment manufacturing company stated in a release.
“Since the previous Guinness World Records title for the fastest badminton hit was recorded in May 2013, this means that Rankireddy broke the record for the first time in more than a decade.” The world record attempts were achieved on April 14, 2023, and were verified by official judges from the Guinness World Records based on the speed measurement results from that day.
Satwik Rankireddy’s incredible achievement showcases his exceptional power and skill on the badminton court, and it adds to his growing reputation as a top-level player in the sport.
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