Irish badminton star Evans eyes Olympic medal after historic win at Rio games
Published 15/08/2016 | 02:30
Irish badminton star Scott Evans is hoping to follow up his historic win in badminton with a medal victory.
Evans followed Ireland's first-ever Olympic win in his sport by booking a place in the last 16 after a 2-1 victory over Brazilian Ygor Coelho de Oliveira.
The Dundrum athlete, who defeated Germany's Marc Zwiebler on Friday, overcame the local favourite after tying the match 1-1 in the second game to finish strongly in the Group K encounter, taking the decider 21-8.
A delighted Scott tore his top off following the victory and said his celebration could become even more revealing.
"If I win tomorrow, there might be more than my T-shirt coming off," Scott joked.
Meanwhile, the Dubliner's mother, Cheryl, travelled to Rio to support her son, along with her husband, Martin (60), and she said she was hugely proud of Scott.
"We are having a wonderful time here," she told the Irish Independent.
Cheryl added that she and Martin were among the crowds watching Scott's match live. "I think we might have been the only Irish in there," she joked.
She also heaped praise on Cork brothers Gary and Paul O'Donovan, who seized a silver medal in double sculls on Friday.
"The O'Donovan brothers are brilliant. They've done fantastically," she said. "All the Irish inspire each other and are always supportive of each other."
She also explained how much Scott's victory on Friday means to the Irish champion.
"This is his pinnacle," she said.
While Scott prepares for his next match, Cheryl said the family have been soaking up everything Rio had to offer. "We're on a beach now, watching the sea come in," she said.
Scott's medal hopes now hinge on his performance in the knock-out stages, which begin in Rio today.