British badminton's Chris Adcock happy with rivalry

By Jessica CreightonOlympic sports reporter
Chris Adcock
Adcock, along with playing partner Imogen Bankier, has defeated the world number two & 4 pairs this year

World silver medallist Chris Adcock says the rivalry among Britain's mixed doubles pairings will boost the squad's chances of success at London 2012.

Three British pairs are battling for a maximum of two Olympic spots based on their world rankings.

Adcock, who partners Imogen Bankier, told BBC Sport: "Rivalry is healthy and will bring the best out of all of us.

"If Britain can get two pairs in to the Olympics, that's brilliant. It's a realistic goal."

Adcock and Bankier, who won an unexpected silver medal at the World Championships in London last month, were defeated in the quarter-finals of the China Masters Super Series.

The Anglo-Scottish pair lost to Korea's Yeon Seong Yoo and Ye Na Jang, 21-19, 15-21, 16-21.

Another British duo, Robert Blair and Gabby White, were also knocked out in the quarter-finals.

In only their first year together, Adcock and Bankier have claimed victories over some of the worlds top pairs including world ranked number two Tantowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir of Indonesia.

Their form has catapulted them up to 16th in the world rankings, just four places behind Britain's top pair Nathan Robertson and Jenny Wallwork, who suffered a surprise defeat in the first round of the China Masters.

Unless two of the British pairs are ranked in the top eight by the end of May, then only one of them will qualify.

Although competing in only their fifth tournament together, and being ranked 104th in the world, the Korean pair proved to be tricky opposition for Adcock and Bankier in the final 16 in China.

"They were very well prepared and we couldn't adapt to their style" Adcock said. "I still believe we can do a lot better. We probably should have won.

"There's a little bit of pressure that we put on ourselves because of what we achieved in London at the World Championships. There's always room to improve, the main thing is to learn why we lost and make that right next time."

Hear more from Chris Adcock and Imogen Bankier on British Olympic Dreams on BBC One on Saturday 17 September from 1430 BST

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