- Badminton is the world's fastest racket sport. According to the International Badminton Federation (IBF), the fastest badminton smash was by Chinese doubles player Fu Haifeng, at 332 kilometers per hour. That's about 206 miles per hour. For comparison, tennis player Andy Roddick's record fastest serve clocked in just over 150 miles per hour.
- The International Badminton Federation is the governing body of the sport of badminton. It represents over 150 member nations, over half of which are in Asia or Europe. The IBF organizes six major badminton events, including the badminton competition at the Olympic Games. Badminton has been an Olympic sport since 1992. The other IBF events are the World Championships, World Junior Championships, Thomas Cup (a biannual men's team competition), Uber Cup (women's equivalent of the Thomas), and the Sudirman Cup, which is a biannual team competition featuring singles and doubles play as well as mixed doubles.
- Dave Freeman is considered to be the greatest American player in badminton history and perhaps the world's best. He was undefeated in Thomas Cup play, and did not lose a singles match from 1939 until his retirement in 1953.
- The record for the world's shortest badminton match is six minutes, between players Ra Kyung-min of South Korea and Julia Mann of England. The record for the longest badminton match is 124 minutes, between Peter Rasmussen of Denmark and Sun Jun of China.
- The world's biggest badminton shuttlecock is located at the Kansas City Museum. It is 18 feet tall and weighs 5,000 pounds. In comparison, a typical shuttlecock weighs between 4.74 and 5.50 grams.
- China and Indonesia are the most successful badminton countries in the world, having won close to 75% of all IBF events between them.
- About one million Americans play badminton at least 25 times a year.
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