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England top table at Euro Para-Badminton

England top table at Euro Para-Badminton

England’s Para-Badminton squad produced a week to remember at the European Championships in Murcia, Spain after topping the final medal table, with 17 medals and five golds.

Their haul was led by Martin Rooke, who won the WH2 men's singles and the mixed doubles with his Swiss partner, Karin Suter-Erath, as the pair lifted the title without dropping a set.

Rooke then finished off his remarkable tournament – the largest European Championships to date - by picking up silver in the men's doubles with his new doubles partner, Avni Kertmen, of Turkey.

Danny Bethell also had a memorable week. He dominated the SL3 men's singles final by beating the Spanish second seed, Simon Cruz Mondejar, 21-11 21-14. He then narrowly lost in the mixed final to his English teammate Bobby Griffin.

Bethell and Griffin then combined to win bronze in the men's doubles.

Andrew Martin was at his best in the SS6 class and played his part in one of the most exciting finals of the event in beating world number one Niall McVeigh 21-16 21-14 in the men's singles final.

He also managed to find himself in a three-way tie for the medals in the men's doubles with new partner Isaac Dalglish as the new pairing collected a silver medal.

The success continued with Antony Forster by reaching the SL4 men's finals. He upset the seedings to play Frenchman Lucas Mazur in the final before succumbing 21-14 21-18.

Jack Shephard, 17, may have been one of the youngest players at the Championships but this didn’t stop him from collecting two bronze medals in the SS6 class for men's singles and doubles. He did so with his partner Kysten Coombs, who also won a bronze medal in the men's singles.

Connor Dua-Harper also battled for a bronze medal in the men's singles by beating Anvi Kertmen 13-21 21-11 21-17 in a thrilling quarter-final match. Dua-Harper had a taste for victory and picked up another bronze medal in the men's doubles with his partner David Follet.

With the recent change in rules for men's doubles, England’s Daniel Lee and Scotland’s Colin Leslie joined forces for the second time at a major tournament. The pair went on a fine run before falling just short in the final.

Team England, who finished with five gold, five silver and seven bronze in all, will compete in two more 4 Nations events before the end of the season.

The European Championships featured 104 athletes from 19 nations. Swiss star Karin Suter-Erath justified her top billing, capturing three golds in all.


Tickets for the YONEX All England Open Badminton Championships on 3-8 March 2015 are now on sale at allenglandbadminton.com/tickets/info