Badminton is considered the world’s fastest sport based on the speed the birdie which can travel over 200 mph. Table-tennis ball speeds can reach 60-70 mph at highest due to the light weight of ball and air resistance but has a higher frequency of hits in the rallies due to the closer proximity of the players.
In one match analyzed, table-tennis averaged 2.00 hits per second where as badminton averaged 1.72 hits per second. The badminton birdie travels faster but table-tennis requires a faster reaction time. Which is the fastest sport? It depends on what you look at.
Table-tennis and badminton have a lot of similarities. Both require extremely fast reaction speed, agility, and quickness where the top athletes in the medal-winning nations being among the best conditioned athletes out of all Olympic athletes in all sports. They are both big sports in Asia where the top athletes are well-known celebrities in their home countries. Both are small sports in the US that the general public doesn’t understand much or respect. Both also have one Scandinavian country that has risen to the top of the sport, Sweden for table-tennis and Denmark for badminton. Denmark has one Olympic men’s singles champion, Poul-Erik Hoyer Larsen, and Sweden has one Olympic men’s singles champion, Jan-Ove Waldner.