Badminton at the Commonwealth Games

The final gold medal match on Monday saw Lauren Smith and Chloe Birch come up against Malaysia’s Thinaah Muralitharan and Pearly Tan. The Malaysian pair were in fine form throughout, playing some unplayable shots that helped them to a straight sets victory. Steve Harris, got to meet Chloe and let her know we were proud of her medal winning run.

All the matches were played against the backdrop of a superb atmosphere at the NEC and Smith paid tribute to the fans, who have made this a week to remember in Birmingham. “They’ve been incredible all week” she said. “I’ve had some gruelling matches out there and they have carried me through and raised the roof many times. It’s like nothing I have ever experienced.”