Commonwealth Games: Golden couple justify top billing in mixed badminton final

England's Chris and Gabrielle Adcock.
England's Chris and Gabrielle Adcock.
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Chris and Gabby Adcock claimed Commonwealth Games gold for England with a convincing victory over Chris Langridge and Heather Olver in the badminton mixed doubles final.

The husband-and-wife duo, ranked five in the world, lived up to their top-seed billing as they powered to a 21-9 21-12 win over their international team-mates at the Emirates Arena.

The Adcocks wrapped up victory in 35 minutes.

And their victory capped a superb tournament in which they were hardly troubled and did not drop a single game. The most points they conceded in any one game in their five matches was 17.

For Leeds’ Gabby Adcock the gold added to the bronze she won in the women’s doubles with Lauren Smith while both she and Chris were part of the silver-medalling England side in the team event.

The Adcocks are certain to spearhead the British drive for Rio in mixed doubles, with their success in Glasgow considerably enhancing their reputation even though it was a non-ranking event. Chris, 25, and Gabby, 23, who were married last year, have made strong progress since being restored as an on-court partnership after London 2012. Chris had played at the Olympics with Scotland’s Imogen Bankier.

Their dominance of the Commonwealth Games competition was underlined in a one-sided final in which Langridge and Olver never won more than two points in succession.

Gabby said: “We’re over the moon with this gold. There was a lot of pressure coming into this tournament, being number one seeds, but we played so well this week.

“We kept our calm, tried to enjoy it. We are exhausted now but we couldn’t be happier.”

Thomas Christiansen

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