Rio Olympics 2016: Rajiv Ouseph loses in badminton quarter-final

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Ouseph loses in badminton quarter-final

Britain's Rajiv Ouseph is out of the men's singles at the Rio Olympics after losing his quarter-final to Viktor Axelsen of Denmark.

The 29-year-old lost 21-12 21-16 to the number four seed and European champion.

Ouseph improved markedly in the second game but could not get close enough to take the Dane to a decider.

Chris Langridge and Marcus Ellis will bid for Britain's first badminton medal since 2004 when they play for bronze in the men's doubles on Thursday.

Ouseph said he would look back on his Olympic experience in a positive way.

"It was tough," he said. "I was trying to find my way into the game which I only really managed towards the end of the first set. The second was more like how I can play.

"It didn't help that the match before went to three sets and took a while which made us wait, but that's the sport and credit to Viktor for how he coped with that.

"For me it's great to get to a quarter-final but I thought if I played well enough I would have a chance.

"On the whole my Olympic tournament has been very good and helped put my experience from London 2012 behind me. I can look back at this in a positive way."

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