Thursday, October 14, 2010

Badminton woe for England in Commonwealth 2010 games

Nathan Robertson and Jenny Wallwork had to settle for Commonwealth silver in the mixed doubles after a one-sided defeat to Malaysian duo Koo Kien Kiet and Chin Eei Hui.
The top seeds saw their gold medal hopes evaporate as they were beaten 22-20 21-12 in just 36 minutes at the Siri Fort Complex.
Kiet and Hui edged ahead towards the end of a tight first game and took the advantage in the match when Robertson smashed into the net at a crucial time.
The Malaysian pair then took full control in the second game and went on to round out victory by taking it 21-12.
"Unfortunately we couldn't keep up with them today. I have never seen them play like that," Wallwork said.

Ouseph beaten

England's Rajiv Ouseph also failed in his bid for singles badminton gold as he was comfortably defeated by Malaysia's world number one Chong Wei Lee.
After his early lead was pegged back, Ouseph never threatened to challenge the 27-year-old, who won the first game in just 12 minutes.
Lee continued his domination in the second game as his unstoppable form carried him to a 21-10 21-8 victory in only 26 minutes.
Ouseph said: "Obviously I knew going into the match he was going to be the favourite so I was just trying to enjoy it as much as possible which was a bit difficult as he was controlling most of it. But I am happy overall with my Games."
The final chance for England to secure a badminton gold on Thursday also slipped away as Robertson and Anthony Clark were beaten in the men's doubles final.
It was another Malaysian partnership, Kien Keat Koo and Boon Heong Tan, who emerged as 21-19 21-14 winners in 37 minutes.
Saina Nehwal then took the women's singles title and in the process helped India edge out England in the race for second spot in the overall medals table.
Jones wins silver
There was silver for Wales in the rhythmic gymnastics as Francesca Jones finished second behind Malaysian Elaine Koon in the hoop final.
"This will change my future in a good way. Right now I just have to concentrate on my next two routines. I will appreciate this win much more later," she said.
England's netball team easily saw off Jamaica 71-47 to clinch a bronze medal, with goal shooter Louisa Brownfield starring in the victory. New Zealand claimed the gold after beating rivals Australia in the final.
Elsewhere, Kenya continued their success in the athletics events as John Kelai and Irene Jerotich Kosgei took gold in the men's and women's marathons respectively.
Kelai took a comfortable victory in the men's race as he clocked a time of 2 hours 14 minutes 35 seconds to finish almost a minute ahead of Australia's Michael Shelley.
In the women's event, Kosgei came out on top in a battle with compatriot Irene Mogake to take victory in 2:34:32.
In the final of the men's hockey, the host nation were disappointed as world champions Australia thrashed India 8-0 to claim their fourth Commonwealth title in a row.

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