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Commonwealth Games: Men’s doubles badminton loss

Robert Blair (right) and Paul Van Rietvelde in the mens doubles match. Picture: TSPL

Robert Blair (right) and Paul Van Rietvelde in the mens doubles match. Picture: TSPL

  • by ELSPETH BURNSIDE
 

ALREADY through to the mixed double semi-final with Imogen Bankier, Robert Blair ended his run with Paul Van Rietvelde in the men’s doubles at the quarter-final stage.

In the evening session at The Emirates Arena, the Scots pair were beaten 8-21 16-21 by the No.3 seeds from Singapore, Danny Chrisnanta and Chayut Triyachart.

Van Rietvelde has been struggling throughout the Games with an ankle injury but bravely battled on.

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“I injured it in training before we even moved into the Athletes’ Village,” he said. “But I wasn’t going to miss out on the chance of playing in a home Games.”

Scotland has two chances of a medal - Blair and Bankier and Kirsty Gilmour in the women’s singles.

The semi-finals take place on Saturday morning with the bronze medal play-offs in the evening.

SEE ALSO:

Medal table: What medals have Team Scotland won?

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