Sunday 18 February 2018

Magees going for gold as Evans crashes out

Chloe Magee in action at Baku
Chloe Magee in action at Baku

David Hooper

Chloe and Sam Magee kept alive their hopes of winning gold by defeating Poland's Pawel Pietryja and Aneta Wojtkowska 21-18, 21-12 in badminton's mixed doubles.

The brother and sister now face French pair Gaetan Mittelheisser and Audrey Fontaine in the semi-finals at the European Games in Baku this morning.

Scott Evans' dream came to a crushing end. The No1 seed had no answer to Dane Emil Holst, who was well worth his 21-17, 21-14 victory.

Men's doubles pair Sam and Josh Magee had to settle for bronze after losing a very tough semi-final 21-5, 21-9 to Russian pair Vladimir Ivanov and Ivan Sozonov. The Russians had just too much for the Donegal pair, who rallied somewhat in the second set to restore some respectability to the scoreline.

It was another tough day in the swimming pool for Ireland, with Alan Corby, Benjamin Doyle, Andrew Moore, James Brown, Rory McEvoy, Rachel Bethel, Iseult Hayes, Niamh Kilgallen, Emma Reid and Danielle Hill all exiting in their respective heats.

Eoin Fleming, Ireland's only judo entrant, lost his round of 64 elimination bout to Turkey's Hasan Vanlioglu inside 90 seconds.

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