Tuesday 25 October 2016

Magees forced to settle for bronze

Dave Hooper

Published 28/06/2015 | 02:30

Chloe and Sam Magee in action against Audrey Fontaine and Gaetan Mittelheisser, during their Mixed Doubles semi-final
Chloe and Sam Magee in action against Audrey Fontaine and Gaetan Mittelheisser, during their Mixed Doubles semi-final

Chloe and Sam Magee had to settle for bronze in badminton's mixed doubles event at the European Games yesterday.

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The Donegal brother and sister pairing lost their semi-final tie with France's Audrey Fontaine and Gaetan Mittelhieser in two games - going down 23-21 in the second having fought back from four points down to survive two match points.

The Magees had made a good start to the opening game and were in front 11-9 before collapsing to a 21-12 defeat.

"It's disappointing. We're guttted and it's not the way we wanted it to end," said Chloe. "The second game was good, the first game not good enough, we know we can do a bit better than that.

"I knew we had a chance to win and we wanted to take it, we just didn't take it today," she added.

"There was one chance," added Sam, who will take away two bronze medals from the Games. "The shuttle came up and I knew what I wanted to do, but the racket didn't do what I wanted.

"That may haunt me for a little while," he added. "Yeah we had our chances so we can't complain, we didn't take them and they did, so it was a good chance especially at the end."

Irish swimmers ended their European Games campaign on a high, closing out with a new Irish junior record in the men's medley relay and a semi-final and second Irish record of the week from Emma Reid in the 50m butterfly.

Reid topped off an impressive week at the pool securing a place in the 50m butterfly semi-final with a 28.16 second swim to progress from the heats. The 16-year-old Ards swimmer had already made the semis in the 100m and 200m butterfly earlier in the week, breaking the 100m Irish junior record on Thursday. She completed the week with a 14th place finish and a new record of 28.04 seconds in the 50m semi-final, knocking 0.3 of a second off the previous record she had set herself just last month.

Earlier yesterday, the quartet of Rory McEvoy, Alan Corby, James Brown and Andrew Moore took a second off the 2012 Irish junior 400m medley relay record. The Irish men finished eighth in their heat in 4:56.83.

Also competing yesterday, Danielle Hill (29.25) and Niamh Kilgallen (29.58) swam the heats of the 50m butterfly while Andrew Moore (4:34.29), James Brown (4:34.33) and Benjamin Doyle competed in the 400m individual medley.

The Olympic Council of Ireland has chosen 14 year old Mona McSharry from Co. Sligo as the Irish flag bearer at the Closing Ceremony in Baku's National Stadium today.

Mona, who swims with Ballyshannon S.C. (Donegal), is the youngest member of Team Ireland and will join flag bearers from 50 nations.

"I'm very excited and honoured to be the flag bearer,"she said

Ireland's 12 swimmers and diver Natasha MacManus had an impressive week in Baku. The team advanced to six semi-finals and two finals. Natasha MacManus placed 10th in the 3m springboard while the women's medley relay were Ireland's best placed at sixth.

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