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Badminton players reach new heights in Norway

Loughborough Badminton enjoyed a successful trip into the arctic circle from the 14-17 November, bagging a strong haul of silverware at the Norwegian International.

Top billing goes to stalwarts Jenny Moore and Greg Mairs, the mixed double pairing winning their maiden international title with an impressive performance.

Despite a shaky start in their opening match the number one seeds advanced, subsequently progressing through the quarter and semi-finals unscathed. The duo, who are both studying for MScs in Information Management and Business Technology respectively, went into the final against a Danish pairing full of confidence, winning the opening set with ease, 21-11.

Despite losing a close second set 19-21, Moore and Mairs regained their composure to prevail in the third set 21-11 and were delighted to lift the trophy.

Moore commented afterwards:

We are both so happy to win our first title together. We’ve been there or thereabouts for quite a while now, but have never managed to get it over the line. To do it today is a great feeling, and especially against a tough Danish pair.

Not to be outdone, Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry student Matt Clare and Sport and Exercise Scientist David King put up a brilliant showing in the men’s doubles. Coming into the tournament as the fourth seeds they soared through to the semi-final without dropping a set, before encountering a stubborn Sri Lankan pair, taking a dramatic final set 24-22.

In their first international final as a pair they, like Moore and Mairs had done, faced a tough Danish pair. In a nail-biting final, they just fell short, losing out in the third set 19-21, an impressive showing and their best result to date.

Post-tournament David King reflected:

We’re both really happy to get to our first senior international final. We had some great performances on the way to the final but just fell short. Overall it a good week for us and we’ll look to push on from here.

The team are back in action at the Scottish Open this week and will be hoping for further silverware.