June

Silver for Gilmour at European Games

Scotland’s Kirsty Gilmour won a silver medal for Team GB on the last day of competition at the European Games in Minsk.

Defeat in the final to second seed Mia Blichfeldt of Denmark denied her a first European gold medal but, although understandably disappointed in not taking the top step on the podium, Gilmour can be proud of winning a third silver medal at European level – a fantastic achievement for any athlete.

Speaking afterwards she said: “Today’s performance was not my A-game but not too far off.

“I gave away a few points at key times and you just can’t do that with Mia.

“Fair play to Mia, she was really on it today. Anything loose, she was capitalising on and I just couldn’t get the match to turn in my favour.”

Having progressed to the quarter-finals with relative ease, Gilmour showed characteristic grit and determination to get in amongst the medals.

She bounced back from losing a close first game to Swiss player Sabrina Jaquet to reach the semi-finals before repeating the feat against top seed Line Kjaersfeldt, playing some outstanding badminton to turn around a match which had seemed to be slipping away to win 13-21 21-16 21-8.

But although her week ultimately ended in disappointment with the loss to Blichfeldt, Gilmour’s medal capped a great week for British badminton in Minsk where Team GB won two golds (men’s and mixed doubles) and three silver medals (women’s singles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles).

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