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15th April 2018

'Very special' moment for Chris Adcock as badminton ace defends Commonwealth title with wife Gabby

Gabby and Chris Adcock with their gold medalsRavenshead's Chris Adcock and wife Gabby defended their Commonwealth Games mixed doubles badminton title after beating teammates Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith.

The Adcocks won gold in Glasgow 2014 but were made to fight in Australia by Ellis and Smith, who took the first set 21-19.

The quartet had won mixed team bronze on the Gold Coast together but the Adcocks triumphed on Sunday, hitting back from their first set defeat to claim the next two 21-17 and 21-16.

And Chris couldn't hide his elation after collecting his medal.

"This is very special," he said. "Standing on the podium, with the England flag going up, is an unbelievable feeling but doing it with your wife is something I can't even explain."

Gabby Adcock was a major doubt for the Games having torn ankle ligaments in January and only made it back to the court two weeks ago.

"I was just so happy I could play again," said the tearful 27-year-old.

"I've not been able to be on court. I can't thank Chris enough, when I've not been on court he's been playing singles for the last three months wondering when I'm coming back. He's been amazing and I've not been a nice person at times. He's been so supportive.

"I couldn't get any range in my ankle, I couldn't bend it so I thought there was no way I would make it but I had an injection and it freed up a bit."

Ellis later rebounded to win the men's doubles title alongside Chris Langridge.

They beat India's Satwik Rankireddy and Chirag Sherry 21-13, 21-16.

Article courtesy of Nottingham Post


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