Team England have started the final day of Gold Coast action with an early flurry of medals, including a Gold for the Adcock duo in the Badminton.
Gabby and Chris won England’s first Gold medal in the Badminton mixed doubles after a closely fought encounter against fellow England compatriots Martin Ellis and Lauren Smith, who took silver.
It was the first time the sensational couple have lost a set throughout the competition and a strong indicator of the domination both couples have enjoyed throughout the mixed doubles.
The first set saw the Adcocks go a set down and they had to battle hard to work their way back in to the game and they managed to bring the match level at 1-1. The final set swung both ways and it could have gone either way.
Speaking afterwards, Gabby was delighted to get the win but paid tribute to her team mates and opponents. She said: “The guys played amazing and I was pretty nervous going into it, not just because it’s playing your own team but because it’s the commonwealth final and try to defend out tittle is a big thing for us this year. It felt surreal winning that match point, but they were outstanding today.”
Chris Adcock added: “We came out in the third set, we played pretty much the perfect style, the perfect game. We really put the pressure on them and then we needed that push in the end, it got a bit tense. They came out with nothing to lose, they are great players and they are showing that and we really needed to stay switched on until the end, which we did, it could have gone a lot worst but we luckily kept that two or three points gap.
"I am unbelievably proud, Gabby has been out for almost the all year, hasn’t has two consecutive weeks of training for the all year so to come back and do this…it’s hard to put words on it right now.”
Elsewhere on Day 11, Jade Jones added to her gold medal in the women’s para triathlon with a brilliant bronze medal in the women’s T54 Marathon. While in the men’s T54 Marathon it was John Smith who sneaked over the line ahead of Simon Lawson – the pair winning a silver and bronze respectively.
In the Table Tennis mixed doubles final, it was a silver for Tin Tin Ho and Liam Pitchford who came up against a very strong Singapore duo.