Badminton is the world’s fastest racquet sport where players compete to hit a shuttlecock back and forth over a high net. The record for the fastest smash currently stands at an amazing 493km/h
Badminton made its Olympic debut as a demonstration event in the 1972 Summer Games in Munich, Germany. It joined the rosta of sports full-time at the 1992 Summer Games in Barcelona, Spain, and has quickly become a popular part of the schedule. Athletes from China, Indonesia, Malaysia and Korea have tended to dominate the medal tables, due to the popularity of the sport in the region.
Team GB have two badminton medals in Olympic competition, with the last being a mixed doubles silver won by Gail Emms and Nathan Robertson at Athens 2004.