Magee off and running in London

Alan Foley

Reporter:

Alan Foley

Raphoe native Chloe Magee got her Olympic campaign off to winning start at Wembley Arena on Sunday night.

Raphoe native Chloe Magee got her Olympic campaign off to winning start at Wembley Arena on Sunday night.

The 23-year-old, who is currently rated 44 in the world and top in Ireland, got the better of Egypt’s Hadia Hosny in her opening match of the Games - 21-17, 21-6.

The Egyptian, who is 113 in the world and a student at Bath University, made light of the rankings in a competitive first game when Magee appeared initially a touch nervous. However, a much more fluent second game ensured the good start.

Magee competed for Ireland at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing in China at the age of 19. She became the first ever Irish woman to win a badminton match at the Olympics and defeated Estonian Kati Tolmoff by a score of 18–21, 21–18, 21–19 in the first round of the women’s singles. She was eliminated after losing her second round match 12–21, 14–21 to world number 11 Jun Jae-youn of South Korea

In Beijing 2008 badminton was a straight knock-out competition but in London a round-robin system has been introduced to give athletes more games. Therefore, Magee will play her second game, against France’s Hongyan Pi is on Tuesday at 2pm. The winner of the three-woman group will qualify for the last 16.