World Badminton Championship silver boosts Chris’ Adcock’s 2012 Olympic hopes

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RISING Ravenshead star Chris Adcock and Glasweigian partner Imogen Bankier remain on track for qualification for the London Olympics after landing a stunning silver medal at the Yonex BWF World Badminton Championships at Wembley Arena.

Adcock and Bankier achieved a career high, by winning silver in the mixed doubles final.

Their 21-15 21-7 defeat by top seeds Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei meant China took all five titles for the third time in total and for the second year running after their success in Paris last year.

Chris said: “It was amazingly tough -they are number one for a reason. It’s a world final and they had the experience.”

The brilliant performance by the Anglo-Scottish double act, who have only been training as a competitive pairing since January this year, had ambitious hopes of making the quarter-finals, following a tough draw.

That goal was well and truly beaten when they toppled the 15th, fourth and second seeds on the way to the final.

Adcock insisted he was ‘speechless’ but added: “The feeling that went through me at the end was nothing I had experienced before. It makes everything worth it.”

Of Bankier, he said: “I’m playing with the best female player in the world.”

They also had a huge impact on the 31,000 people who attended the World Championships over the week, with the support being “out of this world”.

Reaching the final will guarantee them a significant ranking boost from their number 20 spot when the new world ranking list comes out today, as they close up on number eights Nathan Robertson and Jenny Wallwork in the year-long Olympic qualifying race.

“We were quick to gel together,” added Bankier, whom Adcock insisted was ‘a calming influence’ when he got ‘too fired up’ on match point before the quarter-finals.