Three European bronze medals for Scotland’s Para-Badminton Stars

Scotland’s players returned from the VYV BWF European Para-Badminton Championships in France with a haul of three bronze medals.

Fiona Christine, Bobby Laing and Colin Leslie all stood on the podium in a successful event in which the Scots medalled across all three categories.

Playing in her last European Championships, Fiona Christie finished second in her Wheelchair WH2 singles group behind Esther Torres of Spain.

But, with the top two players both progressing from the group stage they were drawn against each other in the first round of the knockout stage and Christie gained revenge with a hard-fought 21-16 24-22 win to send her into the semi-finals and secure her bronze medal.

In the semis, Turkey’s second seed Narin Uluc was just too strong for Christie, winning 21-15 21-13, but the Scot can be proud of her bronze medal in her last ever European Championships.

In the SS6 mixed doubles, Laing and English partner Rebecca Bedford also progressed from the group stages as the second ranked pair and were drawn against top seeds Andrew Martin and Rachel Choong of England in the semi-finals.

Martin and Choong won 21-17 21-19 but with both losing semi-finalists awarded bronze, Laing and Bedford had secured their medal once they had progressed from their group.

Leslie and English player Anthony Forster finished top of Group D in the SL3-SL4 men’s doubles, pushing Leslie’s compatriot Alan Oliver and his Swedish partner Rickard Nilsson, the third seeds, into second place.

Both pairs progressed to the knockout stages, but while Oliver and Nilsson lost in the quarter-finals, Leslie and Forster beat Russian duo Anton Ivanov and Vladimir Nikolaev 21-12 21-12 to reach the semi-finals.

Defeat to eventual champions Jan-Niklas Pott and Pascal Wolter ended their campaign but they had already done enough to win bronze.

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