Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, India’s badminton sensation, created history in July by breaking the Guinness World Record for the “fastest hit in badminton” with an astonishing speed of 565 kilometers per hour. This achievement surpassed the decade-old record held by Malaysian player Tan Boon Heong.
The record-breaking shot took place under controlled conditions at the Yonex Tokyo Factory in Soka, Japan, on April 14, 2023, and was officially confirmed in July. Recently, the Guinness World Records certificate reached Rankireddy, and he shared a heartwarming video of his father, a former state-level badminton player, unboxing the prestigious certificate.
In his post, Rankireddy expressed, “As my shuttle soared at 565 kmph, I realized the true speed of a father’s pride – an unbreakable record in my heart.” The video captured the genuine joy and pride in his father’s eyes, emphasizing the bond between them.
Fans flooded the comments, acknowledging the dedication of Rankireddy’s parents and coach Gopi Sir in shaping his successful career. One user noted, “They have done everything to make you a sports person!! And your efforts on the court and your half brother Chirag made both of you champions!! All the credits to your parents and Gopi sir!! Never lose anything!!”
The video resonated with viewers, evoking sentiments of pride and warmth. Another commenter remarked, “This is such a heartwarming video. You can see the pride in their eyes. May you get more success.”
Addressing the incredible speed of Rankireddy’s hit, a fan elaborated on his prowess, stating, “Satwiksairaj is a true beast. For context, this was a shot in a controlled environment, but he also has the record for the fastest smash ever in a badminton match (500 kph). The second fastest is nowhere close. It was an unbelievable moment for those who watched that smash live.”
In October, Rankireddy and his doubles partner Chirag Shetty achieved another milestone by becoming the only men’s doubles pair from India to win a Badminton World Federation World Tour 1000, securing the top spot in the BWF World Ranking.