Winners & Losers – European Badminton Championships 2021
The European Badminton Championships 2021 took place in the Ukraine between 27 April – 2nd May 2021 and it’s fair to say it produced some scintillating play along with some disappointing developments.
Let’s start with the disappointments first of which came in the form of a positive Covid-19 test from men’s singles player Viktor Axelsen on the eve of the final against fellow Dane, Anders Antonsen. That led to the withdrawal of Axelsen and Antonsen being declared the winner. Its real shame because it looked like a mouth-watering encounter.
Anders Antonsen won gold, Viktor Axelsen took the silver and Kalle Koljonen (FIN) & Hans-Kristian Vittinghus (DEN) claimed the bronze medals.
Viktor Axelsen seems to be ok reporting only mild symptoms from his quarantine hotel room.
However Axelsen was not the only person to test positive during the tournament with Germany’s Mark Lamsfuss forced to withdraw from the men’s doubles final where he and his partner Marvin Seidel were due to play the Russian pair Vladimir Ivanov and Ivan Sozonov in the final. This resulted in another walker over with victory being awarded to the Russian pair.
Vladimir Ivanov / Ivan Sozonov won gold, Mark Lamsfuss / Marvin Seidel took the silver whilst Kim Astrup / Anders Skaarup Rasmussen (DEN) & Marcus Ellis/ Chris Langridge (ENG) claimed the bronze medals.
Lamsfuss’s positive test meant that both of his partners from men’s and mixed doubles, Marvin Seidel and Isabel Herttrich both had to go into isolation. There was also one further Covid-19 case reported this time it was with one of the match umpires.
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Let’s focus on the badminton that did take place at the European Badminton Championships 2021. Starting off with the women’s singles in which badminton superstar Carolina Marin maintained her tight hold of the tournament by recording a fifth straight title.
She took on the impressive young Dane, Line Christophersen winning out 21-13, 21-18.
Meanwhile the bronze medal went to Scotland’s Kirsty Gilmour and Turkey’s Neslihan Yigit.
The women’s doubles pitted Bulgaria’s impressive Gabriela Stoeva and Stefani Stoeva against England’s Chloe Birch and Lauren Smith. In the end the Stoeva sisters proved too strong winning out 21-14, 21-19 which meant they retained their title.
In the mixed doubles it was a clash between Russia and England or Rodion Alimov / Alina Davletova and Marcus Ellis / Lauren Smith. This one went to three games with the Russian pair eventually winning out, 11-21, 21-16, 21-15.
Final Thoughts – European Badminton Championships 2021
That concludes a highly eventful European Badminton Championships which produced some outstanding play along with those unfortunate Covid-19 cases.
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