Soka, Japan: Indian badminton star Satwiksairaj Rankireddy has etched his name in the Guinness Book of Records by achieving the fastest hit by a male player in badminton. With a mind-boggling smash speed of 565 km/h , Satwik broke the decade-long record set by Malaysian Tan Boon Heong in May 2013, who had recorded a speed of 493 km/h (306.34 mph).
The remarkable feat was achieved by Satwik during a controlled-environment test at the Yonex factory gymnasium in Soka, Saitama, Japan. The record-breaking smash surpasses the top speed of 372.6 km/h achieved by a Formula 1 car driver, highlighting the immense power and precision possessed by the Indian shuttler.
Yonex, the renowned Japanese sports equipment manufacturing company, expressed pride in announcing the new Guinness World Records set by Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Malaysia’s Tan Pearly for the fastest male and female badminton hits, respectively. The records were officially verified by judges from Guinness World Records, who examined the speed measurement results from the testing day.
In addition to Satwik’s incredible achievement, Tan Pearly of Malaysia set the Guinness World Record for the fastest female badminton hit with an impressive speed of 438 km/h (272 mph). The accomplishments of both athletes demonstrate the exceptional skills and talent present in the world of badminton.
The record-breaking attempts were made on April 14, 2023, and mark the first time in over a decade that the Guinness World Records title for the fastest badminton hit has been broken. Yonex congratulated the athletes for their outstanding performances and acknowledged the significance of these new records.
Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, along with his doubles partner Chirag Shetty, recently clinched the Indonesia Open Super 1000 title, further solidifying his position as one of the top contenders in the world of badminton. Satwik’s incredible smash speed showcases his exceptional power and technique, making him a force to be reckoned with on the badminton court.