There have been some pretty impressive rallies throughout the history of sports. The Cleveland Cavaliers rallying from a 3-1 deficit against the Golden State Warriors during last year’s NBA Finals, the Boston Red Sox coming back from being down three games to none to win the 2004 American League Championship over the New York Yankees, and even Clemson’s recent rally to beat Alabama in the 2017 College Football Playoff are few of the most notable.
But what happened during a badminton match at the 2016 Dubai World Superseries Finals was a totally different kind of rally.
It is not often that a badminton video is a must-watch, but this one definitely delivers the excitement.
The match pitted the Denmark duo of Mads Conrad-Petersen and Mads Pieler Kolding against Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda of Japan. It was a showdown between two of the best doubles teams the world has to offer.
So it was basically the badminton equivalent of Duke versus North Carolina in college basketball (pretty much).
It starts off as just a normal rally between the two teams for about the first 15 seconds. But then the craziness begins with numerous dives, summersaults, and behind the back shots taking place.
The back-and-forth battle finally came to an end after 26 seconds as the Japanese team was able to win the point. All the duo from Denmark could do afterwards was laugh about the unbelievable sequence that just took place out on the court.
Japan getting rewarded with just one point may be the best part about the entire video. All of the work and hustle they just put out on the court and all they ended up with was one measly point. So worth it (not).
After taking a look at few more videos from the same badminton tournament, it seems that the rally between Denmark and Japan is more common than not during a match. See for yourself with this video below.
Perhaps badminton will be one of the stars of 2017? Probably not, but they still have some pretty insane and entertaining moments.