ODENSE – Lee Zii Jia is becoming a rising star not only within the badminton scene but also with his deadly speed and prowess in-game.
Lee clocked in a stunning smash speed of 418km/h during his showdown with arch-rival Victor Axelsen at the quarterfinals, beating national icon Dato’ Lee Chong Wei’s record of 417km/h at the Japan Open 2017.
Despite falling short after Axelsen defeated him with a 21-19, 21-19 score, Lee gave the former a run for his money throughout the nail-biting 39-minute match.
You can watch a recap of their match here:
The current world smash speed champion is Denmark’s Mads Pieler Kolding, who clocked in a 426 km/h record at India’s Premier Badminton League in January 2017.
Earlier, we reported about national coach Rashid Sidek’s thoughts on Lee’s performance at the Thomas Cup:
The Malaysian badminton team will be competing at the upcoming 2021 French Open in Paris from Oct 26 to 31. Let’s wish them all the best and give them our full support!
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