Adcocks see off English team-mates to win gold

Chris and Gabby Adcock
Chris and Gabby Adcock

Chris and Gabby Adcock made history on Sunday by becoming the first married couple to win gold at the Commonwealth Games.

The badminton pair, who live in Milton Keynes, beat fellow English team-mates Chirs Langridge and Heather Olver 21-9 21-12 in Sunday’s final.

The victory meant the Adcocks became the first husband and wife to win the mixed doubles gold together at a Commonwealth Games and the win gave Chris Adcock a gold to go with his 2011 world championships silver (with Bankier) at Wembley Arena.

Sunday’s victory also saw Gabby Adcock pip Langridge for top spot in England team’s medal haul with mixed gold, team silver and women’s doubles bronze compared to his mixed silver, team silver and men’s doubles bronze.

She said: “We can’t believe it, no words can explain it. It’s all the hard work that we’ve put in; this is the reward. We are just so happy that we got that gold. The last two years have been the biggest roller coaster I’ve ever been on, the highs and lows but that’s sport and then we step on that podium it will all feel worth it.”

Chris Adcock said: “Our performances have got better throughout the week.

“Gold says it all, silver in the team event is amazing and Gabby has the full set with her great win last night.

“We were focused today and I am going to struggle to hold it back on the podium.”

Langridge said: “We’ve had a good tournament so it’s really disappointing not to play well in the final but full credit to Gabby and Chris.”

England had been set a minimum target of three medals by their coaches but by the end of the Games, head coach Jakob Hoi’s 10-strong squad had scooped mixed doubles gold and silver, team silver, men’s doubles bronze and women’s doubles bronze to finish with five medals.