World Championships 2011

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ISBO Azimut Hotels Speedminton® Germany 2011 World Championships

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2011 Doubles World Champion René Lewicki of Berlin, Germany competes on the clay courts of Steffi Graf Stadium

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Fans gather in the stands at Steffi Graf Stadium to watch the Opening Ceremonies of the World Championships held in August 2011 in Berlin, Germany

ISBO Azimut Hotels Speedminton World Championships

Canada was one of 29 countries participating in the 2011 World Speed Badminton Championships held in Berlin and sponsored by Speedminton® and Azimut Hotels. Final matches were played in the Steffi Graf stadium. Awesome level of play!

Watch the action here:

Successful Speed Badminton World Cup premiere: German team takes 3 out of 10 titles

Berlin – The first ever “ISBO AZIMUT Hotels Speedminton® World Championships” have now come and gone. The 2-day event saw 383 participants from 29 nations competing in 750 individual matches for the title of world champion in 10 categories. The most coveted title in the Open Division goes to Sweden. In a riveting and eventful final that saw the advantage shift from player to player, Per Hjalmarson eventually beat Daniel Gossen of Germany 2:1 (set scores: 0:16, 16:14, 16:12).

The final showdown to decide the World Champion in the supreme category of this relatively new sport was very nearly washed out. Local hero Daniel Gossen led after the first set, having coped with the onset of rain, played considerably better than his Swedish opponent. Heavy showers and large puddles of water on the Centre Court of the Steffi Graf Stadium conspired to halt play.

Faced with the prospect of continuing the match on the Sunday, the tournament organizers consulted the players, as provided for in the rules, and shifted play to the roofed tennis hall, where the Swede mounted an effective challenge and prevailed in the remaining two sets.

Speed badminton World Champion Per Hjalmarson: “Daniel got off to a better start on the outdoor court and I would have had trouble swinging things in my favour out there. Indoors I found it easier. Hats off to Daniel; we were the best two players in the tournament and we squared off in the final. It was an exciting game with a lot of really classy play. I’d say the spectators got the thrill they were looking for, too.”

As a consolation prize for missing out on the singles title, Daniel Gossen won the doubles with partner René Lewicki, beating a seemingly unstoppable Hjalmarson and his partner Björn Karlsson 3:0.

In a result that showed rankings do not always predict who will end up on the winners’ podium, Janet Köhler (GER) took the second title for the DSBV team. Ranked no. 43 in the world, Köhler beat the 3rd-ranked Slovenian Jasmina Keber in straight sets. En route to the final, she disposed of Kasia Witwicka (POL, 5th ranked in the world) in an equally decisive semi-final. Ulrich Burkhardt took the third German gold medal in the men’s ‘Over 40′ category.

The organizers from the International Speed Badminton Organization (ISBO) were pleased with the way the tournament went: “The first World Championships have been a great experience for all concerned and produced some very deserving champions. The event will boost our fresh, young sport and we will continue to grow. We were pleasantly surprised at the numbers of spectators and media organizations who showed an interest, and it is a source of some pride to us. A pity that St Peter wasn’t on our side all of the time. We only needed another hour without rain. But that’s how it goes,” said ISBO co-founder Niels Mester.

The Berlin region was represented by Dr. Herbert Dierker from the Berlin Senate Department for Sports and Internal Affairs, who stated: “We’re delighted that this new sport, originally from Berlin, has spread worldwide and has crowned its first world champions in the city where it all began. The decision by LTTC Rot-Weiß to open its beautiful premises to a fresh, new sport also sends precisely the right signal.”

To view all of the results look here.

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“It was amazing to watch the level of play at the World Championships. I’m used to playing recreationally while camping, or at the beach or park. This opened my eyes to the sport side of speed badminton. Wow!” — Kim M, Speedminton® team member, Canada