Team GB Badminton Players Arrive in Rio

Posted by Lucie Gwilt at 09:08 on 4 August 2016

With the start of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games only on the doorstep, our eight Team GB athletes left the National Badminton Centre on Tuesday to set off on their journey. The team arrived at their destination on Wednesday 3rd August, giving them some time settle in before the competition begins. The opening ceremony of the Olympic Games is on Friday 5th August, but the squad have some time to train in the venue before the badminton competition starts on Thursday 11th August.

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The draw for the badminton was announced at the end of July. It proves to be a very strong competition, however we are confident that Team GB have what it takes to overcome the battle. First to fly the flag for Team GB is the women’s doubles pairing of Lauren Smith and Heather Olver. They play their first match against a tough Malaysian pairing at 3:55pm on Thursday 11th August.

Next up will be the married pairing of Chris and Gabby Adcock. Currently seeded 7th in the world, the current World Superseries winners look to be Team GB’s main hope for a podium spot this year. They will face the dangerous Chinese London 2012 silver medalists, Xu Chen and Ma Jin in their debut match at 8:40pm.

The British men’s pairing of Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge, current Welsh International Champions, have an extremely tough few matches ahead of them. They will first face London 2012 silver medallists Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen of Denmark later that evening at 9:25pm.

In the men’s singles, 13th seed Rajiv Ouseph will face Japan’s Sho Sasaki in his first Rio 2016 appearance at 23:55pm, whilst 11th seed Kirsty Gilmour will take to the court for her Rio debut on Friday 12th August 1:05am against Sabrina Jaquet of Switzerland in the women’s singles.

The full draw and schedule for the badminton can be found here.

Badminton Wales would like to wish a huge GOOD LUCK / POB LWC to all Team GB athletes. Each and every one of these amazing athletes have been extremely dedicated in their Olympic journey, and we hope that all the hard work pays off over the next few weeks!

More information about the Rio 2016 Olympic games can be found here.