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Para-badminton stars produce stunning World's display

Para-badminton stars produce stunning World's display

England produced some brilliant performances at the BWF Para-Badminton World Championships, winning an incredible 11 medals in Dortmund at the weekend.

Having returned from the World Championships in Guatamala with five world medals two seasons ago, the squad surpassed all expectations to record the magnificent medal haul this time around.

With 248 Para-Badminton players from 38 different countries competing for world titles in Germany, it was an entry that made the 2013 Championships the largest in history.

Andrew Martin and Rachel Choong led the way for England, winning two gold medals each.

Martin paired up with Oliver Clarke in the SS 6 Men’s Doubles to take the title as well as partnering Choong in the SS 6 Mixed Doubles event where they overcame England’s Jack Shephard and Rebecca Bedford who won silver. 

Choong then also won the SS 6 Women’s Singles gold, beating fellow countryman Rebecca Bedford 21-8, 21-12 in the final. 

Rachel Choong told BADMINTON England: “I’m over the moon! I'm so proud with what I've achieved especially as it was the biggest tournament of my career so far.

“I am hugely grateful to my family, friends, Richard (coach) and Emma (volunteer) and others for all the support and I know I couldn't have done it without them. My team were amazing and all played brilliantly. Well done and thanks to them too.”

There was also a silver medal for Martin in the SS 6 Men’s Singles, as he just lost out to Ireland's Niall Mcveigh 21-18, 21-14. 

In the WH 2 Men’s Doubles event, England’s Gobi Ranganathan and Martin Rooke also took the silver, losing out to Korea’s Kim Jungiun and Kim Kyunghoon, 21-14, 21-19 in the final.

For a full list of all results, click here

As well as the Championships taking place at the weekend, the BWF also announced the four-person BWF Para-Badminton Athletes’ Commission, elected by the players competing at the World Championships.

England had two players elected onto the Commission with Antony Forster and Martin Rooke joining Richard Perot of France (chair) and Malaysia’s Yau Tiam Ann.

The Team England squad: David Follett ; Owen Kilburn ; Connor Dua-Harper ; Paula Robinson ; Martin Rooke ; Gobi Ranganathan ; Daniel Lee ; Daniel Bethell ; Antony Forster ; Bobby Griffin ; James Binnie ; Andrew Martin ; Krystan Coombs ; Oliver Clarke ; Isaak Dalglish ; Jack Shephard ; Rachel Choong ; Rebecca Bedford.

Take a look at BADMINTON England's Flickr account for more images from the World Championships.