Tokyo: Former World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia has recorded the fastest smash in the men’s singles competition during the Japan Open final against reigning World Champion Viktor Axelsen of Denmark.
Lee hit a 417km/h powerful shot at in the third set when he was trailing far behind Axelsen.
According to the Guinness World Records Official site, the fastest badminton hit in competition (male) is 408 km/h (253.55 mph), which was also created by Lee Chong Wei at the 2015 Hong Kong Open.
In 2005, the fastest recorded smash in badminton was attributed to Fu Haifeng of China whose effort clocked in at 331km/h.
Below is the list of fastest smash recorded by men’s and women’s players:
Lee Chong Wei (Malaysia) 417km/h (Japan Open 2015)
Lee Chong Wei (Malaysia) 408km/h (Hong Kong Open 2015)
Jan O Jorgensen (Denmark) 407km/h (Malaysia Open 2016)
Viktor Axelsen (Denmark) 404km/h (Japan Open 2015)
Parupalli Kashyap (India) 401km/h (Japan Open 2015)
Lin Dan (China) 401km/h (Japan Open 2015)
Ratchanok Intanon (Thailand) 372km/h (Malaysia Open 2016)
Tai Tzu Ying (Taiwan) 360km/h (All England 2016)
Wang Yihan (China) 359km/h (Malaysia Open 2016)
Saina Nehwal (India) 357km/h (All England 2016)
Carolina Marin (Spain) 356km/h (All England 2016)