Donegal brother and sister Chloe and Sam Magee settled for badminton bronze in the mixed doubles event at the European Games on Saturday.
The Magee’s lost their semi-final tie with France’s Audrey Fontaine and Gaetan Mittelhieser after two games. Fighting back in their second game to tie the match at 20 all, but losing out on the next two points.
The opening game made all the difference for the Donegal pair losing out by 12 points to 21 in just 13 minutes. Scoring just five points without service in the opening game.
The pair fought back in the second game, scoring twice at game point, to force a time breaker as the French lead 20-18. The Magee’s were unable to turn the game around and lost the second game 23-21 inside 23 minutes.
“Disappointing, gutting, not the way that I thought we wanted it to end” admitted Chloe Magee.
“The second game was good, the first game not good enough, we know we can do a bit better than that.” “I knew we had a chance to win and we wanted to take it, we just didn’t take it today” added Chloe who will be presented with her first ever European medal this morning.
“There was one chance” admitted Sam Magee as he walks away from Baku with two bronze medals. “The shuttle came up and I knew what I wanted to do, but the racket didn’t do what I wanted.
“That may haunt me for a little while” added Sam, “Yeah we had our chances so we can’t complain, we didn’t take them and they did, so it was a good chance especially at the end.
The result means Ireland finish Baku 2015 with three bronze medals, two coming in the Baku sports hall where badminton took centre stage since the beginning of this week.
Sam and Josh Magee collected their men’s doubles bronze medals yesterday afternoon, at the same time as Katie Taylor was taking to the ring against Estelle Mossely.
Emma Reid finished in 14th position in the women’s 50m butterfly semi-final, having progressed through yesterday morning’s heat. Reid posted a semi-final time of 28.04, over a second outside the qualifying standard for yesterday’s final.
The first European games came to an end for team Ireland on Saturday night with Sam and Chloe Magee presented their medals yesterday.
Rumours have abounded in the Azerbaijan capital on the future of the games with the next edition in 2019 expected to either return to Baku or move to Russian city Sochi, which held the 2014 Winter Olympics.
The Netherlands withdrew from hosting the next instalment three weeks ago, with the European Olympic committee to reopen their search in mid-July.
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