England’s Chris and Gabby Adcock are the new Commonwealth mixed doubles champions after defeating team-mates Chris Langridge and Heather Olver in the first of today’s five badminton finals at Glasgow’s Emirates Arena.
The top seeds, who are ranked number five in the world, came out on top 21-9 21-12 against fourth seeds Langridge and Olver, who are number 20 in the rankings.
It was the first time the pairs had met in an international competition and the Adcocks produced a display every bit as emphatic as their semi-final win over Scotland’s Robert Blair and Imogen Bankier yesterday. They took gold without dropping a game in the competition.
The victory meant the Adcocks became the first husband and wife to win the mixed doubles gold together at a Commonwealth Games and the win gave Chris Adcock a gold to go with his 2011 world championships silver (with Bankier) at Wembley Arena.
It also meant England produced both finalists in a Commonwealth badminton final since 1994 in Victoria, Canada, when Chris Hunt and Gill Clark took gold, Simon Archer and Julie Bradbury the silver and Nick Ponting and Joanne Wright (Goode) the bronze.
At the same Games Wright and Jo Muggeridge took gold and Bradbury and Clark took silver in women’s doubles in a second one-two for England, who also took the team gold that year.
Today’s victory also saw Gabby Adcock pip Langridge for top spot in England team’s medal haul with mixed gold, team silver and women’s doubles bronze compared to his mixed silver, team silver and men’s doubles bronze.
Gabby Adcock said: "We can't believe it, no words can explain it. It's all the hard work that we've put in; this is the reward. We are just so happy that we got that gold. The last two years have been the biggest roller coaster I've ever been on, the highs and lows but that's sport and then we step on that podium it will all feel worth it.
Chris Adcock said: "Our performances have got better and better throughout the week. In the individual tournament we've been as close to perfect as we could be. It's been a really busy schedule and our bodies are about to fall to bits. To get through that last game I didn't know what it would feel like, it's been so emotional."
"Gold says it all, silver in the team event is amazing and Gabby has the full set with her great win last night. We were focused today and I am going to struggle to hold it back on the podium."
Langridge said: "We've had a good tournament so it's really disappointing not to play well in the final but full credit to Gabby and Chris. I am gutted that I didn't have what it takes. Heather played really well today."
Olver said: "Yesterday was tiring but I am very proud of what I've achieved here."
England had been set a minimum target of three medals by their coaches but by the end of the 11 days of competition head coach Jakob Hoi’s 10-strong squad had scooped mixed doubles gold and silver, team silver, men’s doubles bronze and women’s doubles bronze to finish with five medals.
But there is no let-up for the players. They will now turn their attention to the World Championships, which start three weeks tomorrow in Copenhagen.
England silver medal squad: Rajiv Ouseph, Chris Adcock, Andy Ellis, Chris Langridge, Peter Mills, Sarah Walker, Gabby Adcock, Lauren Smith, Heather Olver and Kate Robertshaw.
Gold: Chris & Gabby Adcock (mixed doubles)
Silver: Chris Langridge & Heather Over (mixed doubles)
Bronze: Chris Langridge & Peter Mills (men's doubles)
Bronze: Gabby Adcock & Lauren Smith (women's doubles)
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