Be China, have 1.5 billion people, play Badminton practically as a National Pastime, Get rekted by Denmark with 5 million people most of whom probably don’t think Badminton is a sport. Lmao
Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen won the Olympic badminton men’s singles gold medal on Monday (Aug 2), crushing defending champion Chen Long of China 21-15, 21-12.
He took control early and never loosening his grip in a relentless performance.
“I still have to take this all in,” said Axelsen, 27, who didn’t lose a single game in Tokyo.
“This is the biggest achievement you can have as a badminton player and this means the world to me.”
Axelsen, who won bronze at the 2016 Rio Games, followed in the footsteps of compatriot Poul-Erik Hoyer-Larsen, the Atlanta Games champion and the last winner from outside Asia.
Viktor Axelsen (born 4 January 1994) is a Danish badminton player. He is the 2017 World Champion and the gold medalist at the 2020 Summer Olympics. He won the 2010 World Junior Championships, beating Korea’s Kang Ji-wook in the final to become the first ever European player to hold the title. Axelsen was crowned European men’s singles champion in 2016 and 2018.
|Born||4 January 1994 (age 27)|
|Height||1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)|
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England, Scotland, Wales, Canada, Denmark, France, Ireland, the Netherlands, and New Zealand were the founding members of the International Badminton Federation in 1934, now known as the Badminton World Federation. India joined as an affiliate in 1936. The BWF now governs international badminton. Although initiated in England, competitive men’s badminton has traditionally been dominated in Europe by Denmark. Worldwide, Asian nations have become dominant in international competition. Nations such as China, Denmark, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan (playing as ‘Chinese Taipei‘) are the nations which have consistently produced professional players in the past few decades, with China being the greatest force in men’s and women’s competition.
The game has also become a popular backyard sport in the United States.
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