Tuesday 6 December 2016

Evans praises historic show in run-up to last-16

Badminton

Published 15/08/2016 | 02:30

Scott Evans progresses to the knockout stages of the tournament for the first time after his 21-8, 19-21, 21-8 victory over Brazilian Ygor Coelho de Oliveira. Photo: Getty Images
Scott Evans progresses to the knockout stages of the tournament for the first time after his 21-8, 19-21, 21-8 victory over Brazilian Ygor Coelho de Oliveira. Photo: Getty Images

Scott Evans hailed his second Olympic victory on Saturday night as one of the "greatest things to ever happen to badminton" in Ireland.

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The Dubliner progresses to the knockout stages of the tournament for the first time after his 21-8, 19-21, 21-8 victory over Brazilian Ygor Coelho de Oliveira.

His victory over the Rio de Janeiro man follows his win against German No.1 Marc Zwiebler on Friday, which was also Ireland's first ever Olympic win in the sport.

"People might say that there were some titles back in 1925 that were bigger, but this is by far the biggest thing that's ever happened for badminton," he said.

"I hope that this is the first of many because badminton's a great sport. It's an incredible sport to be a part of."

Evans comfortably won his first set and was forced to respond to Oliveira's second-set comeback, which was aided by an extremely vocal home crowd.

"Playing with almost a full crowd against a good player, it was difficult. The atmosphere was absolutely insane, something I never experienced before," Evans said.

"I had never experienced booing before. It was different and I had to adapt to that. I was really struggling at times.

"I saw Bolt run the 100m and the 200m final in London and the atmosphere wasn't as good as it was tonight."

The 28-year-old is now expected to face Denmark's Viktor Axelsen later today - a man Evans is likely to know well as he plays his sport in the Scandinavian country.

Irish Independent

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