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Other Sports - 18. April 2008.

Silver for England's badminton players


APRIL 15 - ENGLAND were forced to settle for a silver medal after Denmark beat them 3-0 in the European Badminton Championships final .

The contest was over before Olympic mixed doubles silver medallists Nathan Robertson and Gail Emms had a chance to take to the court, with the defending team champions just too strong on home soil in Herning.

England were beaten in the mixed doubles and both singles, Anthony Clark and Donna Kellogg losing to Thomas Laybourn and Kamilla Rytter, while Andrew Smith fell to Joachim Persson and Tracey Hallam was beaten by Tine Rasmussen.

England head coach Ian Wright said: "The mixed doubles was vital.

"If we could have won that, it would have put pressure on Denmark in the men's singles.

"After that, if we could have got Nathan Robertson and Anthony Clark on court for the fourth match (in the men's doubles), it might have been a different story.

"But we mustn't be downhearted.

"I think this final will make our players more determined for the individual event during the rest of the week."

Emms was due to feature in the women's doubles with Kellogg.

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