Today in Minsk, the sporting public caught a glimpse of something the worldwide badminton fraternity have appreciated for some time; that GB’s Chris Langridge and Marcus Ellis are the men for a big occasion.
Olympic bronze in 2016. Commonwealth Gold in 2018 and now, after a relatively comfortable two game victory against the reigning European Champions, European Games gold in 2019.
Throw in some stunning performances at the World Championships and the YONEX All England over the years and there is little doubt that the English duo, wearing Team GB shirts, find another level in their game when the big prizes come into focus.
It's a reputation that the boys are well worthy of.
Today’s 21-17, 21-10 win to secure a first badminton gold at the European Games for Team GB came against Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen, the world number eight pair from Denmark and it re-enforced a win not four weeks ago against the same higher ranked rivals at the Sudirman Cup.
Significantly it was the first in three meetings that victory has been assured in straight games such is the competitiveness between the pairs. No need for a decider this time around such was the manner of Ellis and Langridge’s appetite to get the job done.
Their only other meeting on the world circuit came 14 months ago at the European Championships when the Danes rode on to be the continent’s best. Here in Minsk, continental honours headed back to Britain.
"The results shine every time we represent Team GB" said Langridge. "I do think today we performed well and in the end it was quite comfortable. They are amongst some of the best pairs in the world so it shows that the level we can perform at is very high."
Ahead of the final Ellis had said he and Langridge had “got better and better as the tournament had got on” and their performance was another comprehensive display, building up good wins over talented pairs from France and Holland, as early as the group stages.