Finland Dominated World Open!
Date: 2001-11-06


Sweden and Finland are, up until now, the only two countries in the world in which racketlon is an established sport. And Gothenburg Racketlon World Open 2001 was the first event ever in which the Finnish racketlon elite faced the Swedish.

Five Finns travelled from Finland to Sweden to take part in World Open. Given reports coming from Finland of relatively small racketlon events it is probably not much of an exaggeration to claim that noone in Sweden believed that they would be a real threat to the top Swedish players. But we welcomed the new exotic element...

What happened? Here is the outcome:

Two of those five Finns ended up in the Men's Elite final.
A third Finn won the Ladies' class.
A fourth Finn won the Men's Veteran class while the fifth Finn got third prize.

A sweep cannot get much cleaner!

The best racket player in the world is: Mikko Kärkkäinen
The best female racket player in the world is:
Katja Aminoff

Congratulations Finland!



See full results from the event.

See also Raphael's report from the event - written for the International Badminton Federation. (Raphael Sachetat is a French journalist that took part in Class 1.)