There’s a new fastest gun in the badminton world as Denmark’s Mads Pieler Kolding has entered the record book with the world’s fastest smash.
Kolding, who is listed at 6-foot-9, was clocked sending the
birdie shuttlecock back to his opponents at 264 mph, setting a new record for tournament play.
Badminton has always been considered a fast sport, but just to give you an idea, the Guinness Book of Records has tennis player Sam Groth listed for “the fastest serve of a tennis ball” at 163.4 mph. A cheetah, named Sarah, ran 100m in a time of 5.95 seconds – at 61 mph. And major-league pitcher Aroldis Chapman – then with the Cincinnati Reds – holds the record for fastest pitch, clocking in at 105.1 mph.
Kolding’s smash came during a doubles match with his partner in India’s Premiere Badminton League.
Almost as impressive as the smash, is the commentary that goes along with it:
After setting the new mark, Kolding was awarded a check for 21,000 Rupees, which roughly works out to $308 U.S. dollars.
— Shuttlers (@Shuttlers1) January 9, 2017