Badminton icon Nathan Robertson retires after failing to make Olympics

Nathan Robertson and Gail Emms won silver at the 2004 Athens Olympics.
Nathan Robertson and Gail Emms won silver at the 2004 Athens Olympics.

MILTON Keynes-based Nathan Robertson has called time on his long and successful badminton career after failing to qualify for London 2012.

The 35-year-old, who won Olympic silver with Gail Emms eight years ago, made the decision public on Twitter, saying “So I can now officially say, I am retired”.

Robertson’s decision was not a surprise as he had always intended to bow out on a high after the London 2012 Olympics.

But after choosing to focus on mixed doubles only, his chances of competing at a third Games with new partner Jenny Wallwork were crushed by the rise of the youngsters Chris Adcock and Imogen Bankier who will wear the red, white and blue in the capital later this summer.

Robertson will be best remembered for his formidable mixed doubles partnership with Emms, who retired after the Beijing Games in 2008 when the pair lost at the quarter final stage.

As well as claiming silver at Athens in 2004, Robertson and Emms also won the All England Championship in 2005, and World Championship and Commonwealth Games titles in 2006.

Robertson also rose to fourth in the men’s doubles world rankings and twice won European silver with Anthony Clark. Domestically, he won nine mixed doubles and six men’s doubles titles at the English Championships, with various partners.

“I hope my achievements and the way I conducted myself in the game will help to spur on the young players coming through the England set-up so they can follow in my footsteps and be the champions of the future,” he said.