Ravenshead badminton star Chris Adcock ‘devastated’ after Olympic exit

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RAVENSHEAD’S Chris Adcock said he was devastated after exiting the Olympics at the group stages following a second successive defeat with mixed doubles partner Imogen Bankier.

After losing to Russian pair Alexandr Nikolaenko and Valeria Sorokina on Saturday, despite taking the first set, the same happened today.

They won the first 21-11 against German duo Michael Fuchs and Brigit Michels only to lose the next two sets 21-17, 21-14.

It means an early exit from his first Olympics with Tuesday’s clash against Nan Zhang and Yunlei Zhao counting for nothing but pride.

Adcock (23) said: “We are devastated. Obviously, we lost winnable games. We worked so hard to get here. We’ve got one more game and we want to repay the crowd who have supported us with a win.

“At one set all we tried to start again, get the crowd involved so the crowd could pull us through. Unfortunately we gave them a few cheap ones. We’re a pair. We win as a pair, we lose as a pair.

“The match against the Chinese is still important for us. We’ve had great support and we don’t want to let them down.

“It’s a rematch of the world (championships) final so if anything can motivate you it’s that. Hopefully we can go home knowing we gave it our all.”