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Gail force: Emms stars in a sport where the shuttle hits 200mph (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 11 July 2008
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By Lee Clayton Last updated at 8:22 PM on 11th July 2008

For those who consider badminton a sleepy pastime played by the carpet slipper brigade at the village hall, get this. The top players now smash the shuttle at 200mph.

The world record speed for the shuttle (the pros have dropped the 'cock' bit) is 212mph, the world's best girls can strike at up to 140mph and Gail Emms has an explosive right hand that spells danger. This lady is anything but sleepy.

The buzzing poster girl of the sport is heading for the Beijing University of Technology aiming to go one better than the silver medal collected in Athens four years ago. And she has extended an invite to show me how.

There is no sign of her Olympic doubles partner Nathan Robertson (he must have been scared) so it's just me and Emms at Center Parcs, rackets at the ready.

 

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Poster girl: Beijing hopeful Emms even finds time to relax before her big test

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Athletic: Emms combines speed, power, grace and aggression
 

 

 

Doubles pairs take a break from training for camp in Genting

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 11 July 2008
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KUALA LUMPUR: The two national men’s doubles pairs for the Beijing Olympics will have a break from their routine daily training sessions when they go for a two-day camp at the Genting Highlands on Wednesday.
 

About Badminton

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 07 July 2008
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- A demonstration sport at the 1972 Games in Munich, badminton became an official Olympic sport at the 1992 Barcelona Games.

- Few people know it, but badminton is the world's fastest racquet sport. The shuttlecock, that missile of cork and goose feathers, can whip across the net as fast as 260 kilometres per hour. The best don't duck.

- Beijing's badminton facility is touted as the best ever. Tiny air-conditioning vents were built under 7,000 spectators' seats to keep everyone cool but not create drafts that might affect how the shuttle cock flys.

 

Minh defeats Chong to hold onto Challenge title (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 07 July 2008
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HA NOI — Nguyen Tien Minh came from behind to successfully defend his title at the Viet Nam Challenge – Robot Cup badminton tournament, which closed yesterday at HCM City’s Phan Dinh Phung Gymnasium.
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Smashing performance: Host player Nguyen Tien Minh makes a return to Malaysian Chong Wei Feng in the men’s final match of the Viet Nam Robot Challenge. Minh successfully defended his title after winning 17-21, 21-10, 26-24. — VNA/VNS Photo The Anh

 

Joy for Lydia, but it’s heartbreak for Wei Feng (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 07 July 2008
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KUALA LUMPUR: It was heartbreak for men’s singles shuttler Chong Wei Feng but Lydia Cheah finally landed her first senior international title at the Vietnam Challenge in Ho Chi Minh City yesterday.

Back-up shuttler Wei Feng was on the brink of winning his first international title outside of the country when he took an 11-4 and 20-17 lead in the rubber game of the final against top seed Nguyen Tien Minh of Vietnam but the Malaysian Satellite champion went down 21-17, 10-21, 24-26.

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Sweet victory: Lydia Cheah defeated Hung Shih-han of Taiwan to win her first senior international women’s singles title.

 

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