Badminton - Facts and Figures

Fastest Racquet Sport

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  • The world's fastest racket sport as measured by racquet head speed
  • The fastest recorded badminton smash was by Chinese doubles player Fu Haifeng, at 206 miles per hour (Reported by the IBF)


Longest & Shortest Matches

  • The record for the world's shortest badminton match is held by the players Ra Kyung-min of South Korea and Julia (England) Mann at only six minutes
  • While, the record for the longest badminton match is 124 minutes, between Peter Rasmussen of Denmark and Sun Jun of China



International Badminton Federation (IBF)

  • Founded in 1934 with nine members and over 150 members
  • The IBF is now headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia



  • The second most popular sport in the world, after soccer
  • Badminton is the most popular racquet sport



Badminton at the Olympics

  • Badminton was introduced as an Olympic sport in 1992 (Barcelona)


Shuttle Facts

  • A shuttlecock weighs between 4.74 and 5.50 grams
  • 16 feathers are used to make a shuttle
  • The best shuttlecocks are made from the feathers from the left wing of a goose



A statistical comparison of Badminton and Tennis: reveals the following:

Tennis Time duration: 3 hours 18 minutes
Badminton Time duration: 1 hour 16 minutes

Tennis Ball/Shuttle in play: 18 minutes
Badminton Ball/Shuttle in play: 37 minutes

Tennis Match intensity: 9%
Badminton Match intensity: 48%

Tennis Shots: 1004
Badminton Shots: 1972

Tennis Shots per rally: 3.4
Badminton Shots per rally: 13.5

Tennis Distance covered: 2 miles
Badminton Distance covered: 4 miles


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