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Satwik/Chirag script history to become the first Indian doubles player to become World No. 1

In a historic feat for Indian badminton, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty have clinched the coveted No. 1 ranking in the Badminton World Federation (BWF) men’s doubles rankings. Their journey to the top spot was crowned by a gold medal triumph at the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou. It marked a milestone that had eluded India for years. They are the first Indian doubles pair to achieve this distinction. A remarkable achievement that places them in an exclusive league of elite players. Satwik and Chirag’s unwavering dedication and consistent success in prestigious tournaments throughout the year have not only earned them the No. 1 ranking but also established them as inspirational figures in Indian badminton, setting a shining example for future generations.

Big achievement for the Indian duo

Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty’s ascent to the No. 1 ranking in the Badminton World Federation (BWF) men’s doubles category is a watershed moment in the history of Indian badminton. Their journey to this pinnacle of success has been nothing short of remarkable. The crowning achievement came at the 2023 Asian Games in Hangzhou, where they secured the historic gold medal. This victory held immense significance, as it marked India’s first-ever badminton gold at the Asian Games. A milestone that had remained elusive for the country since badminton’s inclusion in the Games. The duo’s impressive performance in the Asian Games final, where they defeated the South Korean pair of Choi Sol Guy and Kim Won Ho in straight games, showcased their unwavering determination and remarkable skills on the court.

Beyond their Asian Games triumph, Satwik and Chirag’s journey to the top ranking was paved with consistent excellence throughout 2023. They notched victories in prestigious events. It includes the 2022 Commonwealth Games, 2022 Thomas Cup, and secured a bronze medal at the 2022 World Championships. Their success story is a testament to their relentless dedication, hard work, and perseverance, setting an inspiring example for aspiring badminton players in India and solidifying their legacy as trailblazers in the sport.

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