The Great Britain team came home with their best ever medal haul from a world championship this year, thanks largely to some very dominant performances from their junior and senior players.
With gold medal performances throughout nearly every junior categories in both the teams and singles, Great Britain have developed an outstanding group of junior players who look set to be a force for many years to come and are already starting to make an impact in the open-age classes. With the GB seniors also taking home a bucket load of gold medals, combined with a first ever silver medal for their elite team and another gold for the 2nd team, the GB team sit clear at the top of the final table with an impressive 13 golds and 24 medals overall.
Inspired by the home support of the crowds, the Swiss team also produced their best ever display at a world championship and their 6 golds and 21 medals overall, put them above the traditional Racketlon powerhouses of Germany, Austria, Sweden and Denmark and into 2nd place for the first time.
While Austria’s 5th position in the table may be lower than usual, they performed particularly well in the big elite classes, taking home gold in the elite teams and gold and silver in the women and men’s elite singles respectively.
The performances of players from Russia (3 medals) and India (2 medals) should also be noted and a great sign that Racketlon is starting to grow away from just its traditional European bases. With the potential of international tournaments in both Russia and India over the next few years, these are exciting times for the global growth of the sport.