Chris Adcock sets off on the road to Rio

Chris Adcock and Imogen Bankier, Team GB Mixed Doubles Badminton Players. ENGNNL00120120811103401
Chris Adcock and Imogen Bankier, Team GB Mixed Doubles Badminton Players. ENGNNL00120120811103401

As Chris Adcock turns his attentions to the biggest prize of all, the badminton ace admits it is the small margins he will be emphasising on the Road to Rio.

After topping the pile alongside mixed doubles partner and wife Gabby at last year’s Commonwealth Games, Adcock has found success harder to come by so far in 2015.

We’ve shown we have beaten the top players so we just need to do it on a regular basis.

Chris Adcock

It is not for the lack of effort though, the world number seven pairing only falling to duos that are seeded higher than them in the standings.

Adcock will be hoping to change all that next month as he travels to Jakarta for the Indonesia Open.

And with crucial Rio Olympic qualification points up for grabs, the 26-year-old is determined to finally get one over the favourites as he turns his attentions to Brazil.

“It’s been a tough season and we’ve come up against some good players,” he said. “We’ve beaten everyone below us but with the top pairs, we’ve lost some really close three setters.

“We just can’t seem to get over the line, but saying that we’re improving every time.

“It’s just fine margins. We’ve shown we have beaten the top players so we just need to do it on a regular basis.

“It’s exciting to have the Olympic qualification start. The main aim is to go to Rio so qualification is something you have to go through. We know that if we play to our level then hopefully qualification shouldn’t be too difficult. We want to get those points in the bag as early as we can and just take it game by game.”

At London 2012 Adcock was partnered with Imogen Bankier, the two failing to escape their group as they lost all three of their matches.

However, that has done little to dent the confidence of Adcock, who has since gone from strength to strength alongside wife Gabby.

“There were three really good pairs going for that one spot ay London 2012 and it was all about getting to the Olympics,” he added.

“But this time it is more about I want to achieve at an Olympics. I know that if we do play like we have been playing the last year then we should qualify, so it is a little bit less pressure.

“We just need to play the way we normally do and the results will come.”

The UK’s first ever National Badminton League (NBL) season comes to a thrilling finale on Sunday, 7 June, at K2 Crawley. Tickets are now available at nationalbadmintonleague.co.uk