European Badminton Championships: Rajiv Ouseph and the Adcocks win gold in Denmark

Rajiv Ouseph
The previous Englishman to win European singles gold was Steve Baddeley in 1990

England claimed two gold medals as Rajiv Ouseph and Chris and Gabby Adcock triumphed in finals at the European Badminton Championships in Denmark.

Ouseph, 30, became the first Englishman in 27 years to win the men's singles title with a narrow 21-19 21-19 victory over home favourite Anders Antonsen.

The husband-and-wife Adcocks won the mixed doubles title while Scot Kirsty Gilmour claimed silver in the singles.

England's Lauren Smith and Sarah Walker also won bronze in the women's doubles.

The Adcocks beat Danish top seeds Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Christinna Pedersen in three sets 21-17 18-21 21-19.

Gilmour lost to world number two Carolina Marin 21-14 21-12, while Smith and Walker shared the bronze medal with Russia's Anastasia Chervyakova and Olga Morozova.

Ireland also picked up a bronze medal with siblings Sam and Chloe Magee winning bronze in the mixed doubles.

It is the first time England have won two golds at the Euros since 1988, when Darren Hall won the men's singles and Gillian Clark claimed the mixed doubles title with Danish partner Steen Fladberg.

The success at the Euros comes after GB Badminton had all its funding cut by UK Sport before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Ouseph and Adcocks rewrite the record books

Chris and Gabby Adcock
This is the first European Championships medal the Adcocks have won together

Ouseph, who had previously won two bronzes and a silver in the men's singles at the European Championships, is just the third Englishman to win the event with Steve Baddeley the previous player to triumph in 1990.

Between the wins for Baddeley and Ouseph, players from Denmark had won gold in eight out of nine European Championships.

The second-seeded Adcocks took full advantage of their first appearance in a Euros final to see off top seeds Nielsen and Pedersen, who had won the event in the past two Championships.

The Adcocks were pegged back after winning the first set but held their nerve to triumph 21-17 18-21 21-19.

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Rajiv Ouseph is getting married next week to fellow English badminton player Kate Robertshaw

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