Badminton

Momota Kento recognised by Guinness World Records

The world number one shuttler's 11 tournament wins have been entered into GWR as the most recorded by a men's singles player in a season.

By ZK Goh ·

Japanese badminton star Momota Kento has received a Guinness World Records (GWR) certificate for his achievements in the 2019 season.

The world number one won 11 titles last year, including the World Championships singles title, and has been recognised with the GWR for "Most badminton men's singles titles in a season".

"It's an honour and I'm very honoured," Momota said, according to NHK.

"It's a famous book that everyone knows, and I'm really happy that my name will appear there."

He added on social media: "I will work hard on badminton every day to break this record further."

Comeback from accident

Momota suffered facial injuries in a traffic accident in Malaysia in January, including a fractured eye socket which impaired his vision.

After the accident, which claimed the life of the van driver transporting Momota and also injured three other people, the 26-year-old considered retirement from badminton as he agonised over his future career.

After successful surgery on his eye socket, Momota said in June that he was back to his best and could see without problems.

The Japanese star remains one of the favourites to win Olympic gold on home soil at the postponed Tokyo 2020 Games next year.

No-one has knocked him off top spot in the BWF World Rankings since he first made it his own in September 2018, even with his injury, with the rankings having been frozen in March.

Since then, only the Denmark Open has taken place. Momota had been set to attend the event, but withdrew after a spike in coronavirus cases in the host country.

Instead, his first competition since the accident will now come next month, when Momota takes part in the All-Japan national championships.

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