Thursday, 20 Jun 2024

News | BWF World Championships

Kunlavut Vitidsarn, also known as “View,” has made history as Thailand’s first-ever men’s singles world champion. In a grueling battle against his opponent and childhood friend Kodai Naraoka, Vitidsarn showcased his determination and skill, ultimately claiming victory.

A Test of Endurance

The men’s singles final at the World Championships was an intense match, lasting a remarkable 109 minutes. The players engaged in marathon rallies, pushing their limits both physically and mentally. Vitidsarn’s resilience was on full display as he threw himself around the court, leaving everything on the mat.

Vitidsarn outlasted an exhausted Naraoka.

A Battle of Strategy

Naraoka showcased his exceptional defensive and retrieving abilities, forcing Vitidsarn to adapt his game plan. The match became a slow-paced chess game, with long exchanges from the backline. Vitidsarn strategically injected bursts of pace to create openings and seize control.

It was in the second game that Vitidsarn gained a crucial advantage over his Japanese opponent. With unwavering composure, he matched Naraoka’s endurance and skill. In a masterful display of courage and patience, Vitidsarn secured the win and shattered Naraoka’s hopes of taking the match further.

Vitidsarn in action.

Fulfilling a Promise

After the match, Vitidsarn dedicated his gold medal to his childhood coach, who had passed away. It was a heartfelt tribute to the person who had believed in him and inspired him to chase his dreams. Vitidsarn’s victory was not only a personal accomplishment but also a fulfillment of a promise he had made to his coach.

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“I’m very happy; this has been a dream for me since I was a child,” said Vitidsarn. “When I was young, I promised my coach that I would get the gold medal. He passed away, and I dedicate this gold medal to him.”

Looking to the Future

While celebrating his victory, Vitidsarn reflected on his ambitious goals. “I had three targets when I was young – Olympic Games, World Championships, and All England. Now I have achieved one of those, so two are left,” he shared.

Vitidsarn acknowledged the challenging nature of his match against Naraoka, emphasizing the need for patience. The physical and mental toll of the battle left him with little energy for celebrations. However, his focus remains unwavering as he sets his sights on future victories.


  1. Who is Kunlavut Vitidsarn?

    • Kunlavut Vitidsarn, also known as “View,” is a world-class badminton player from Thailand.
  2. What is the significance of this victory?

    • This victory marks Thailand’s first-ever men’s singles world championship title.


Kunlavut Vitidsarn’s triumph at the BWF World Championships is a testament to his skill, determination, and unwavering resolve. His hard-fought victory against Kodai Naraoka showcases the true spirit of badminton and sets the stage for even greater achievements in his career. As Vitidsarn continues his journey, the badminton world eagerly awaits his next steps towards Olympic glory and further success at the All England Championship. Carnegiecentre is proud to celebrate and support the incredible journey of Kunlavut Vitidsarn.