Imogen and Chris through to third round

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IMOGEN BANKIER and her badminton mixed doubles partner Chris Adcock received a boost ahead of the European Championships in Sweden on Monday.

The pair received a first-round bye in Karlskrona and are through to the third round after gaining a second-round walkover following the withdrawal of Belgian pair Nathan Vervaeke and Angela Castillo.

World silver medalist Imogen (20) from Milngavie and Chris, from England, will now meet Swiss pair Thomas Heiniger and Sanya Herzig or Finland’s Anton Kaisti and Jenny Nystrom with a win setting up a likely quarter-final with Olympic qualifying rivals Nathan Robertson and Jenny Wallwork, who are seeded 20 in the world.

After the Europeans all that remains in the Olympic qualifying race is the Indian Superseries or the Portuguese International at the end of the month.