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Ellis and Langridge celebrate GC2018

Langridge and Ellis add Commonwealth crown to Olympic medal as Adcocks defend title

Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge added Commonwealth Games gold to their Olympic bronze as England took two gold and two silver medals from the final day of badminton action on Australia’s Gold Coast.

Joining Ellis and Langridge on the top step of the podium were Chris and Gabby Adcock, with the latter overcoming injury to beat Lauren Smith and Ellis in the mixed doubles final.

While the remaining silver came from Smith and Sarah Walker in the women’s doubles as England ended the Gold Coast games with a total of six medals – including two gold and the men's singles bronze won by Rajiv Ouseph on Saturday.

The men’s doubles was the last final of the day and saw Ellis and Langridge complete a routine 21-13 21-16 victory over India’s Satwik Rankireddy and Chirag Chandrashekhar Shetty. 

And after not reaching the top step of the podium at Glasgow 2014, Langridge was relieved to have reached it this time.

"I have been waiting for this one because the last Games I didn't manage to get a gold," he said.

"That was my main objective when I came here, to try and complete the set."

While Ellis, on his debut Commonwealth Games, has also won the full set, after also helping England to team bronze. 

"It would have been completely disheartening if I had gone home without a gold. I've got a full set now," he said.

"We've played great in patches this tournament. Overall, we did deserve to win."

While after the mixed doubles final Chris Adcock paid tribute to wife Gabby as she battled through the pain to defend their Commonwealth Games badminton mixed doubles title.

The European champions and world bronze medallists exited the recent Yonex All England Championships at the last eight stage.

And Gabby has spent the season battling a troublesome ankle injury.

But they won a high-quality final against English team-mates Ellis and Smith, taking the gold with a 19-21 21-17 21-16 scoreline.

Adcocks plus Ellis and Smith on GC018 podium

"Gabby has been out for pretty much the whole year,” said Chris.

“She hasn't had two consecutive weeks training the whole year, so to come back and do this is, it is hard to put into words.

"We played the All England Open the week before we came here to get us into form and then Gabby had to have another week off because she hurt herself again.

“We’ve had literally one week of training so it's very special. Standing on the podium, with the England flag going up is an unbelievable feeling. But doing it with your wife is something I can't even explain."

Gabby, who picked up her injury playing in the Indian Premier League in January, admitted she was far from her best but claimed heart and determination dragged her through.

Focus will now switch to getting back to fitness ahead of the World Championships in Nanjing this summer.

"Firstly, I was just so happy I could play after the time I’ve had,” she said

"I can't thank Chris enough. He's been amazing support throughout the year. When I haven't been on court, he's pretty much been playing singles for the last three months.

"I like to come into tournaments feeling prepared, so this has exceeded my expectations."

The Adcocks played near the perfect game to close in on victory but their rivals, trailing 12-3, rallied to make the scoreline closer.

“I think they came out with nothing to lose and we started to get a little bit tense,” added Chris.

“They are great players, they have shown that and we needed to stay switched on until the end.”

It meant double silver for Smith, after she and Walker were beaten 21-12 21-12 in the women’s doubles final by Malaysia’s Chow Mei Kuan and Vivian Hoo.

But Smith was determined to accentuate the positives of her displays on the Gold Coast, while Walker admitted they didn’t get their tactics quite right.

"At the minute I’m a little bit disappointed because we didn't compete as well as we wanted to in that final,” said Smith.

“We've got a lot to learn from that but the week overall was really positive.

"Once it all sinks in, we'll be really proud of ourselves and what we've done for our country."

With Walker adding: “I'd have liked the gold but I came out here to medal and I have. Maybe silver has exceeded my expectations, I've not been as confident recently.

"Stepping out in the England kit makes me really proud and brings out the best in me as a player. The whole week has been really incredible."
 

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