England’s men won a superb silver in the European Team Championships in Kazan after losing 3-1 to Denmark on Sunday afternoon.
England secured a comfortable 3-1 win over France to make the final on Saturday but were undone by a quality Danish outfit.
Rajiv Ouseph fell to a narrow final game defeat in the opening match, before Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge lost their doubles game.
Sam Parsons fought back brilliantly to earn England a point before Peter Briggs and Sean Vendy lost the final match of the day as Denmark claimed the title.
David Jones’ match against Jan O Jorgensen wasn’t played as Denmark already had an unassailable 3-1 lead.
England made a promising start as Ouseph took the first game against Anders Antonsen 21-12 but the Dane fought back to win the next two games 21-15 and 21-19.
Ellis and Langridge matched their opponents, Mads Conrad-Petersen and Mads Pieler Kolding in the first game before losing 21-18.
But in the second, the Danish duo pulled away and took the second game 21-13.
Parsons then went up against Emil Holst attempting to turn the tie around and an excellent performance saw him do just that.
The Englishman won the first game 21-16 before dominating in the second and cruising to a 21-10 triumph.
Briggs and Vendy also made a fine start to their doubles match against Kim Astrup and Mathias Christiansen taking the first game 21-19.
They had several match points in the second game as both pairs traded extraordinary rallies taking the score up to 27-27 before the Danes won 29-27.
Briggs and Vendy eventually lost the third game 21-12 and Denmark came away with a 3-1 win.
Under-15 round up
Meanwhile, Lisa Curtin won silver in the under-15s competition after losing to number one seed Mariia Golubeva in the final.
The Russian triumphed 21-17, 21-18 to take the title in front of a home crowd.
Curtin started the day brilliantly by beating Russian second-seed Elizaveta Baranova in the semi-finals.
It was a comfortable victory for Curtin, who eased to the first game 21-8 before taking the second 21-11.
The final was a much tighter affair, as Golubeva’s took a narrow lead in the first game and held on to win 21-17.
In the second game, Curtin edged ahead and was leading until a sharp burst of successive points gave the Russian the game and the title.
A fantastic, well deserved silver medal for our men at the 2018 European Championships! A great week & amazing performance for Lisa Curtin too as she takes home U15 European silver! pic.twitter.com/sI9KEpoVqB— Badminton England (@BadmintonEnglnd) February 18, 2018
In a🥈Solid Silver Sunday for English badminton at junior and senior level, we are so proud of 2018 U15 European silver medallist Lisa Curtin.— Badminton England (@BadmintonEnglnd) February 18, 2018
Some outstanding performances against higher seeds along the way pic.twitter.com/GUkI2PymTp
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