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Milngavie’s Imogen Bankier and doubles partner Robert Blair came back from a disappointing semi-final defeat to claim bronze at Glasgow 2014.

The duo ensured Scottish badminton claimed its best medal haul at a Commonwealth Games since Edinburgh in 1986.

And to do so, Bankier and Blair cast aside their disappointment in losing their semi-final against England’s top seeds Gabby and Chris Adcock — the latter of which being Bankier’s Team GB partner at the London Olympics.

They were certainly made to work for their win after the duo found themselves trailing 15-12 in the first game against Malaysian fifth seeds Chan Peng Soon and Pei Jing Lai.

But in front of a packed crowd at the Emirates Arena, they then won nine points from 11 to take the opener 21-17.

They then came on strong in the second to win the contest 21-11, on their third match point, after 37 minutes.

Badminton Scotland chief executive Anne Smillie said: “I am delighted for them. They came back well after their semi-final frustrations.

“They have worked so hard for this and deserve their medal. They are sure to get another huge reception when they defend their Scottish Open title here in November.”

The two have had a strong season so far, having won both the Scottish Open Grand Prix title last November along with the Yonex German Open.