Badminton has since 1992 been recognized as an Olympic sport, and badminton has delivered many memorable moments at the absolute biggest stage – the European Games 2019 was not an exception.
Women’s singles went to Denmark
The third-seated british followed in the beginning of the finals, but soon the Dane, Mia Blichfeldt, who were seeded second, put heavy pressure on the match and increased the lead at a leisurely pace. It looked like a crushing set victory, but Blichfeldt blasted a handful of set balls before Gilmour served out of the field, so the set became Danish with 21-16. In the second set, Blichfeldt continued the dominance, and she drove on a highway towards the gold when she could quickly see the scoreboard show 9-2 in her favor. Despite comfortably in front, Blichfeldt was focused, which she left no doubt about. Often a jubilant cry from the Dane sounded when she had won a ball, among other things when she came in front of 11-5. After that, Gilmour had a bloom, where she reduced to 8-11, but it just got Blichfeldt to screw the bite on. The Dane won the next four balls and then led 15-8. Then the British initiated a point timing that led to a 13-15 reduction, but the Danes stopped the school before it became too exciting. A couple of great winners at the net got six match balls at 20-14, and Blichfeldt could cheer after using the fourth to 21-17.
And it was Denmark again again
The Danish badminton player Anders Antonsen wins gold in men’s singles at European Games after a victory over Frenchman. Denmark is up for two gold medals at European Games. After Viktor Axelsen’s bid, Antonsen was seeded to win the tournament, and he lived up to the seeding by beating French Brice Leverdez with 21-19, 14-21, 21-10 in the final.
Men’s double victory for Great Britain
Great Britain’s Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge have added European Games gold to their haul of multi-sport event medals with a convincing 21-17 21-10 victory over Danish top seeds Kim Astrup/Anders Skaarup Rasmussen in the final on Saturday. The Danes were warm favourites for the title but the experience of the veteran duo from England – with Olympic bronze and Commonwealth Games gold behind them – showed as they dominated the match throughout. Langridge said: “Each round we got a bit better and better and I think in the final today we performed to a good standard. We can be a bit up and down and sometimes we cannot get used to conditions or the opponent’s style of play quick enough. But today I think we both put up a really good performance.” Ellis added: “When you play like that you never want to come off the court. Unfortunately, these moments do not come along very often but it seems like when it comes to big events, Chris and I have managed to do quite well.”
A career-high performance in the women’s doubles
Netherland’s Selena Piek/Cheryl Seinen produced a career-high performance in defeating Great Britain’s Chloe Birch/Lauren Smith to capture the European Games women’s doubles crown. Birch and Smith took the opening game 21-14 and looked on track to claim the gold, but the Dutch came out strong in the second and kept their momentum throughout to take the next two 21-13 21-15 to record a memorable win.“I am not sure how we are going to celebrate, but I am sure Selena will take me somewhere,” Seinen said. “We got the tactics right [in the second game] and we did not make unforced errors. The speed in our legs was much higher in the second game and we could see they were nervous as well,” Piek added.
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