Scotland’s Bankier Takes Silver at World Badminton Championships

August 15, 2011

Badminton ace Imogen Bankier celebrated becoming the first ever Scot to win a silver medal at the world championships in London last weekend.

Imogen (23), from Milngavie, who competed for Team Scotland in the Commonwealth Games in Delhi 2010 and the 2004 Youth Games, competed in the mixed doubles at the Wembley Arena with English partner Chris Adcock (22) from Warrington.

The pair, who have only played together for 11 months, had an incredible journey to Sunday’s final toppling the 15th, eighth, fourth and second seeds on the way, where they lost to the top seeded Chinese pair of Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei 21-15 21-7.

Reaching the final will guarantee them a significant ranking boost from their No. 18 spot when the new list comes out later this week as they close in on the other British pairing ranked No. 8, Nathan Robertson and Jenny Wallwork, in the year-long Olympic qualifying race.

Glasgow’s Bankier said: “They stepped up their game and are very experienced, winning many titles. On the day they were better than us.

“But to play in Wembley and have this many games is really good for our confidence, especially when we look back and reflect.

“The atmosphere was electric. Hopefully all the GB players will up their training and it will be a good Olympic year. We hope to go one better next year. It’s a silver medal gained and a stepping stone to next year.”

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