England’s Marcus Ellis says he is very happy to have won team bronze after helping his country to a 3-0 win against Singapore over night - but now he is hungry for more, more, more.
The 28 year old has played six times at his first Commonwealth Games in England’s run to the medal matches and, alongside Chris Langridge, won the clinching team competition point against Singapore to net bronze.
It was a medal - England's 37th Commonweath badminton bronze - that also maintained English tradition of having won a medal of some colour from the team competition since its introduction to the Games format in 1978.
“I am really relieved and happy that I’ve managed to help the team get a bronze,” Ellis said. “This is my first Commonwealth Games at 28 and I don’t know if I’ll be at another one - hopefully I will but I don’t know at this stage.
“I really wanted to not come away empty handed. To not medal would have been a huge disappointment for us.
It is so important for us to medal in the team event because we feel we are in the top two or three teams."
Now Ellis is setting his focus on the individual event which starts on Tuesday. Like his nine other team mates, Ellis, seeded three for both mixed and men’s doubles, and is expected to feature at the business end of both events.
“Obviously we’ve got the individual coming up and I have two more chances to medal, so the team bronze is certainly something I’m not content with.
“For me it’s a 10-day period of competition and I won’t play any more games, ever. It will be one of the fullest schedules I’ve had.
If, as hoped, Ellis does reach the final of both the mixed and men’s doubles, he will be have played an astonishing 15 matches in those 10 days – a hectic and physically demanding schedule for any athlete but one even more so given the intensity of badminton match-play.
The first round byes he and partners Lauren Smith and Chris Langridge enjoy will be welcome rest break then but it is still a mammoth effort.
“This is probably one of the toughest events to do a lot in because we don’t ever normally have a team event followed by an individual.
“I am quite a physical player so I’m quite happy to do it, but it’ll be still be a challenge.
“They’re not easy games either and if I want to get to the latter stages and medal I’m going to have to get over that barrier.” Ellis adds.
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