The two Magee’s now face French pair Gaetan Mittelheisser and Audrey Fontaine in today’s semi-final — which gets under way provisionally at 8am Irish time — with the chance to upgrade their bronze to silver medals.
Men’s doubles pair Sam and Josh Magee were confirmed as bronze medallist, losing a tough semi-final 5-21, 9-21 to Russia’s Vladimir Ivanov and Ivan Sozonov in 21 minutes.
“That was very tough,” admitted Josh, the Russian pair taking just nine minutes to complete their first game win, leaving the Irish pair flat footed.
“I’m very proud to come away with a bronze medal. I’m only 20 and I’m hopeful to come to a few more of these games,” said Magee. “They were very tough opponents. We went there and tried our best and we’ll have to learn from it.”
“It’s been a great experience playing with Sam,” said Josh. “It’s nice to be playing with your brother. I can say things to him and not hurt his feelings, but he’s really experienced and shows me the way.
“It’s great to have two medals in my back pocket and great for Irish badminton,” said Sam. “Hopefully, Chloe and I can go one better tomorrow, but that will be a very tricky game.”
Scott Evans’s European Games dream came to a crushing end, as Dane Emil Holst scored a convincing victory over the Dubliner 17-21, 14-21.
“These are the tournaments where, if you do well, you can get more funding. Obviously, there’s a lot of pressure for that,” said Evans. “It’s taken its toll on me, physically and mentally. I have to deal with it [the pressure] and I’ve found that very, very hard,” added Evans, who was number one seed in Baku 2015, ranked number 26 in the world, though he is sixth European on the rankings.
It was another tough day in the swimming pool for team Ireland, with Alan Corby, Benjamin Doyle, Andrew Moore, James Brown, Rory McEvoy, Rachel Bethel, Iseult Hayes, Niamh KIlgallen, Emma Reid and Danielle Hill all exiting in their respective heats.
There was also disappointment for Eoin Fleming, Ireland’s only judo entrant, who lost his round of 64 elimination bout to Turkey’s Hasan Vanlioglu inside 90 seconds.