Team Blitz India
NEW DELHI: Star shuttler Satwiksairaj Rankireddy set the Guinness world record for the fastest hit by a male player in badminton, recording a mindboggling 565 km/ph.
He recorded this smash during a controlled environment at the Yonex factory gym in Japan on July 18.
In a game dominated by the power hitting of the Chinese and Indonesians, Satwik’s feat is all the more laudable.
Satwik, broke the decadelong record set in May, 2013 by Malaysian Tan Boon Heong, who had produced a speed of 493 km/h (306.34 mph) with his smash. Just to get a sense of his achievement, Satwik’s smash was faster than the top speed of 372.6 km/h achieved by a Formula 1 car.
The world record was verified by official judges from the Guinness world records based on the speed measurement results on July 18.