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Langridge wants Commonwealth gold to 'compete the set'

Chris Langridge says a Commonwealth Games gold medal from the Gold Coast ‘would be really nice to complete the set’ after netting double silver and bronze in Glasgow four years ago.

English badminton has won at least one gold at 12 of the 13 editions of the Commonwealth Games – with Delhi 2010 being the exception – and Langridge came oh so close in Glasgow, missing out in finals of both the Mixed Doubles (alongside then partner Heather Olver) and the team event.

Chris Langridge, Heather Olver into final, Glasgow 2014, banner

But with three medals added to the Team England haul, Langridge was a huge hit at the 2014 Commonwealths and whilst he predicts a tough competition both individually and as a team, he believes top honours is absolutely possible on the Gold Coast.

Speaking exclusively to Badminton England, Langridge said “Glasgow was pretty for me as it’s always nice to come away from a multi-sport event with three medals which is pretty impressive.

“But a gold would be really nice so that I have the full collection of gold, silver, bronze.

“I’m not playing mixed this time so hopefully I can come away with two medals, ideally two golds but we will have to wait and see what happens.”

Following the team event, Langridge will contend the men’s doubles event alongside Marcus Ellis and the Rio 2016 Olympic bronze medallists will be well fancied to medal on the Gold Coast.

However the world number 21 pair know that the rivalry is fierce and having missed out to Malaysia’s reunited pair – and Commonwealth Games contenders - Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong at the YONEX All England threeweeks ago, they will have to be at their best to make the podium.

“I would love to win a gold but the competition is really strong this year.” Langridge adds. “In the team event, India and Malaysia are both very very good and in the MD you have got the guys who won the silver in Rio to compete against and there is a young India pair [Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy] who are very good.

“Its going to be difficult but we will see what happens. On the day we know we are good enough; I have got to remember the level we can deliver out in Australia is very high and at major events we have performed very well.”

"We will be focussed, we have nothing to worry about – the food, the physio, we are training together as a group.

"The facilities will be brilliant as its in Australia so you know they are going to put on a good event. So everything should be working for us to perform to a high standard.

 

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