Double bronze for Magee family in European Finals in Baku

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Alan Foley

Double bronze for Magee family in European Finals in Baku
The Magee family from Raphoe wrote another chapter in their badminton chronicles with bronze medals at the European Games in Baku.

The Magee family from Raphoe wrote another chapter in their badminton chronicles with bronze medals at the European Games in Baku.

Chloe Magee and her brother Sam won bronze at the mixed doubles event.

The top seeds lost in straight games 21-12, 23-21, to the French duo of Gaetan Mittelheisser and Audrey Fontaine, in a match lasting 38 minutes on Saturday morning.

The siblings were already guaranteed a bronze medal after beating Polish pair Aneta Wojtkow and Pawel Pietryja on Friday.

In a match that lasted 34 minutes, the Magees beat the Poles 21-18, 21-12.

Despite the disappointment of missing out on a place in the gold-medal final, Chloe Magee admits that there is still plenty to be cheerful about as one of four Irish medallists at the inaugural competition.

“It’s very disappointing, gutting. The second game was good, the first game was not good enough,” she said afterwards.

“It’s my first European medal, and I always wanted one. In the end, you have to be happy. How many times in the past has an Irish person walked away with a European medal?”

There was also bronze for Sam Magee and Joshua, who also reached the last four only to lose to Vladimir Ivanov and Ivan Sozonov from Russia, 21-5, 21-9.

The Magees were pushed hard by Belgium’s Matijs Dierickx and Freek Golinski in the quarter-finals before coming through 23-21 19-21 21-15 to book a last-four place

Ireland’s other medallists from Azerbaijan were Katie Taylor, Michael O’Reilly, Brendan Irvine and Belfast’s Sean McComb, who nasty cut received over this right eye in his lightweight semi-final loss to Albert Selimov from Azerbaijan.

Irvine, also from Belfast, had to be content with silver in the light flyweight final, where he went down to Russian, Bator Sagaluev.

Bray, Co Wicklow, native Taylor outpointed Estelle Mossely of France to claim the 18th major title of her career in the women’s lightweight boxing.

The Olympic champion, who beat Mossely in the 2013 and 2014 EU and European Elite finals, posted a unanimous decision (40-36, 40-36, 39-37) at the Crystal Hall venue.

Team-mate O’Reilly from Portlaoise, Co Laois, made it double boxing gold for Ireland when he shocked home favourite Xaybula Musalov to claim the middleweight title in a rousing scrap in front of Azerbaijani president Ilham Aliyev.