Momota aiming for Olympic glory

World number three Kento Momota has set his sights on becoming the first Japanese shuttler to win a gold medal at the Olympics when he turns out at this year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The 21-year-old is coming off a superb season, in which he won three titles and last month etched his name in history as the youngest shuttler to win the season-ending BWF World Superseries Finals.

Momota is now eager to taste success on a bigger stage and hopes to do so at the Olympics later this year. 

While Momota acknowledged that beating two-time gold medallist Lin Dan, world number one Chen Long and Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei will be no easy feat, he is confident that he can get the job done. 

“Despite what I won last season, I’m far from contented,” Momota told reporters. “My next goal is to win the gold at the Olympics.

“Lin Dan, Lee Chong Wei and Chen Long are the men to beat in Rio, but I believe I can contend for it. 

“My skills may not be as good as them, but I have the energy and youth on my side.”