- Badminton is played by hitting the shuttle back and forth over the net without allowing it to hit the playing surface.
- The shuttle is made of feathers or nylon in a cork base. It flies slowly when hit gently. But when hit hard and timed perfectly, it may travel more than 200 miles (320 kilometers) per hour.
- Two people play singles and four—two on each side—play doubles. A mixed doubles team consists of one man and one woman.
- The shuttle is served with an underhand motion into the opponent's service court, diagonally opposite.
- The server must hit the shuttle while it is below his or her waist.
- The racket head must also be below the serving hand.
- Only one attempt on the serve is allowed. If the server fails, then the opponent serves.
Photo courtesy of Confederação Brasileira de Badminton
Credit: Luiz Aureliano Garcia
|Doubles Men||Coréia: Dong Moon Kim, Tae-Kwon Ha||Coréia: Dong Soo Lee, Yong-Sung Yoo||Indonésia: Eng Hian, Flandy Limpele|
|Doubles Women||China: Wei Yang, Jiewen Zhang||China: Sui Huang, Ling Gao||Coréia: Kyung-Min Ra, Kyung Won Lee|
|Doubles Mixed||China: Jun Zhang, Ling Gao||Grã-Bretanha: Nathan Robertson, Gail emms||Dinamarca: Jens Erikson, Mette Schjoldager|
|Singles Men||Indonésia: Taufik Hidayat||Coréia: Seung Mo Shon||Indonésia- Soni Dwi Kuncoro|
|Singles Women||China- Ning Zhang||Holanda: Mia Audina||China: Mi Zhou|
World Record Holder
- Men's doubles player Fu Haifeng of China set the official world smash record of 332 km/h (206 mph) on June 3, 2005 in the Sudirman Cup. The fastest smash recorded in the singles competition is 305 km/h (189 mph) by Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia.
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