RAVENSHEAD badminton ace Chris Adcock did his best to find the positives after he and partner Imogen Bankier bowed out of the mixed doubles with a whimper at London 2012.
The British pair, ranked 10th in the world and reigning world silver medallists, came into their final group game knowing that their Olympic dream was already over after consecutive defeats in their first two clashes.
That meant the duo were playing for pride on Tuesday against the world No.1 pairing from China of Nan Zhang and Yunlei Zhao, their conquerors in last year’s world final.
But rather than bowing out on a high, the Brits were outclassed as the Chinese emerged comfortable 21-13, 21-14 victors.
But Adcock and Bankier have only been a pair for two years and at 23 and 24-years-old respectively have plenty of years ahead of them and Adcock insisted they would return stronger for the experience.
“This has been a great experience,” he said.
“It’s just unfortunate because we would have loved to have progressed but it wasn’t our year, but we have many more to come and hopefully we can have our day in the future, hopefully in Rio 2016.
“It’s tough to assess what went wrong at the moment, obviously there are areas that we need to work on or we would not be talking about us going home.
“We need to improve, nobody’s perfect, that pair we just played are world champions and they have areas they can improve so of course there is work for us to do.
“We will sit down and get those areas strong to try and have a good year next year.”
The duo shot to fame with their run to the final of the World Championships in London last year, leading many to tip them for medal glory at London 2012.
But with a world ranking of 10, Adcock insists that they and the public have had to bring their ambitions more in line with reality.
“We are ranked 10th in the world,” he added. “And that’s a fair reflection of where we are as a pairing.
“Consistency is a problem for us, we have shown that on our day we can beat the best, and be the best.
“But we have not done it consistently enough. The pressure was not a problem, we prepared really well but we are young and need to learn the sport more.
“Of course people looked at our world silver and expected more from us, I know that Imogen I did but it was not to be.”
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