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26th March 2006

England Net Badminton Gold Double

Nathan Robertson & Gail Emms - Photograph courtesy of BBC WebsiteEngland were celebrating a brace of badminton gold medals on the last day of action at the Commonwealth Games.

Nottinghamshire's Nathan Robertson and Gail Emms were too strong for New Zealand's Daniel Shirley and Sara Runesten Petersen as they won the mixed doubles title 21-17 21-10.

Earlier, Tracey Hallam claimed the women's singles gold after beating Malaysia's Mew Choo Wong 21-12 21-15.

The victory added to her 1998 bronze in Kuala Lumpur and her silver in Manchester four years ago.

Robertson and Emms trailed 4-1 in their first game and only led for the first time at 9-8, but eventually edged away to take the opener 21-17.

The Olympic silver medallists were quicker out of the blocks in the second game and a run of nine points put them in a commanding position.

The Kiwis had no answer to Robertson's power and Emms' touch at the net and Robertson sealed the gold medal with a thunderous smash to take the game 21-10.

Emms, who also took bronze in the women's doubles, said: "There was a lot of pressure on us as the number one seeds - everyone expected us to win easily.

"It was just a real relief to do it and we're delighted after missing out on the gold in Manchester four years ago."

Robertson added: "I wanted that win so badly and I'm happy that we've both fulfilled our potential and ambitions to get the gold."

Earlier, England doubles pairings Gail Emms and Donna Kellogg and Nottinghamshire's Anthony Clark and Robert Blair both clinched bronze medals after easy wins.
Emms and Kellogg, the second seeds, beat India's Trupti Murgunde and Saina Nehwal 21-14 21-9.

Clark and Blair were 21-6 21-14 victors over Australia's Travis Denney and Ashley Brehaut.

Article courtesy of the BBC Website

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