No medals for Olympic Badminton duo

OLYMPIANS Imogen Bankier and badminton mixed doubles partner Chris Adcock’s hopes of a medal in London were dashed at the weekend when they lost their two opening games.

The World Championship runners-up needed to beat Germany’s Michael Fuchs and Birgit Michels on Sunday - but lost 11-21 21-17 21-14 at Wembly Arena.

Bankier from Milngavie and her English partner needed to win this crucial game after losing their opening game on Saturday to the Russian pair of Alexandr Nikolaenko and Valeria Sorokina.

Despite starting well against the Germans, Bankier and Adcock lost the initiative, going down in 62 minutes.

Ranked 10 in the world, the pair made an impressive start against Fuchs and Michels, moving confidently and building an 11-5 lead at the midway point in game one.

The momentum however began to move the way of the German pair in the second, with Adcock guilty of some key errors.

Michels went unpunished despite appearing to clip the net in one rally as she and Fuchs built an eight-point advantage.

The Britons whittled that lead down to three, but, after staving off two game points, the match went to a decider.

Fuchs and Michels quickly took command of the third game and, despite encouragement from the home crowd, Bankier and Adcock could not prevent the Germans from winning.

The Britons play number one seeds Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei of China on Tuesday but cannot now reach the quarter-finals.