Monday 22 July 2019

Mixed fortunes in Badminton at European Games as Sam and Chloe Magee reach quarters but Nhat Nguyen exits competition

Samuel Magee, right, and Chloe Magee of Ireland in action against Krestina Silich and Aliaksei Konakh of Belarus during their Mixed Badminton Doubles group stage match at Falcon Club on Day 7 of the Minsk 2019 2nd European Games in Minsk, Belarus. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Samuel Magee, right, and Chloe Magee of Ireland in action against Krestina Silich and Aliaksei Konakh of Belarus during their Mixed Badminton Doubles group stage match at Falcon Club on Day 7 of the Minsk 2019 2nd European Games in Minsk, Belarus. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Tony Considine

Mixed-doubles pair Sam and Chloe Magee will compete for a medal tomorrow at the European Games badminton tournament after beating hosts Belarus 9-21, 11-21 on Thursday morning.

The siblings faced a nervous wait after their game as a Russian win over France would have seen the group decided on points difference. However, a win for their Frances's Delphine Delrue and Thom Gicquel over Russia's Evgenii Dremin and Evgenia Dimova sent the Irish pair through.

"We knew we'd done everything we could do but it was hard to watch the Russians versus the French," Chloe Magee said afterwards.

"We knew it was going to be close but we're happy to be through."

Sam Magee added: "In the end we didn't need the points difference but it had looked like we would. It's going to take a world-class performance to get to the next level."

The Magees will be up against Holland's Robin Tabeling and Selena Piek on Friday for a bronze medal and a semi-final spot.

Unfortunately, the news wasn't as good for Nhat Nguyen who was beaten in the Men's singles by Great Britain's Toby Penty on a 12-21, 11-21 scoreline.

"He definitely played better than me today," the Dublin player said.

"I've had some close games with him in the past but today I couldn't bring my 'A' game. He controlled the shuttle a lot better and I just couldn't find my rythym." 

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