Tuesday 17 September 2019

Siblings take bronze in badminton doubles

Sam and Chloe Magee. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Sam and Chloe Magee. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

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Donegal's Chloe and Sam Magee claimed their second successive bronze medal at the European Games, taking bronze in the badminton mixed doubles to emulate their feat in Baku in 2015.

The siblings entered Saturday's semi-final as underdogs, and were well off the mark in the opening set, losing 21-8 to Britain's Gabrielle and Chris Adcock. Though they rallied in the second set, losing 21-18, it wasn't enough to make yesterday's final.

"We were a little bit too slow getting started," said Sam. "As we worked our way into the game, we got a bit more comfortable. You have to be able to match their speed and we didn't for long parts of the game. Once we did, we felt it was quite even towards the end."

"I'm just glad that we kept fighting," Chloe said.

"I think today they were better than us, but we can be very proud."

In track cycling, Lydia Boylan and Lydia Gurley finished fifth in the women's madison yesterday, while Mia Griffin finished seventh in the individual pursuit. Jack Bernard Murphy finished 10th in the men's omnium, while on Saturday Shannon McCurley was eighth in the women's omnium. Mark Downey and Fintan Ryan finished eighth in the men's madison with 18 points.

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