Last updated at 8:22 PM on 11th July 2008
For those who consider badminton a sleepy pastime played by the carpet slipper brigade at the village hall, get this. The top players now smash the shuttle at 200mph.
The world record speed for the shuttle (the pros have dropped the 'cock' bit) is 212mph, the world's best girls can strike at up to 140mph and Gail Emms has an explosive right hand that spells danger. This lady is anything but sleepy.
The buzzing poster girl of the sport is heading for the Beijing University of Technology aiming to go one better than the silver medal collected in Athens four years ago. And she has extended an invite to show me how.
There is no sign of her Olympic doubles partner Nathan Robertson (he must have been scared) so it's just me and Emms at Center Parcs, rackets at the ready.
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