Chloe Magee Rio bound after reaching qualifying mark

Chloe Magee Rio bound after reaching qualifying mark
By Tom Comacksport@donegaldemocrat.com Twitter:@dgldemocrat

Donegal badminton ace Chloe Magee is looking forward to her third Olympic Games after qualifying for this summer’s Games in Rio at last week’s European Championships in France.

A veteran of Beijing 2008 and London 2012, the leading Irish female badminton player for the best part of the last decade finished in the last 16 in the Europeans,  which concluded at the weekend.

She began the qualification on Tuesday with a  first round win over her English opponent Chloe Birch after three tough games. The Raphoe woman won the opening game 21-19, lost the second game 18-21 before clinching her place in the next round, 21-12, and one step away from Olympic qualification.

She then defeated Telma Santos from Portugal on Wednesday evening  in straight sets 21-8, 21-9 to clinch the qualification.

Unfortunately she bowed out of the championship in Thursday’s round when losing to  third seed Line Kjaerfeld from Denmark. Kjaerfeld won in two straight sets 21-11 and 21-12.

Chloe and her brother Sam also enjoyed a good a good run in the Mixed Doubles at the Championships and reached the last eight before bowing out.

They lost the quarter final in straight sets, 21-20 and 21-12, to eighth seeded Danish pair of Niclas Nohr and Sara Thyesen.

The Donegal pair caused a major upset at the Championship when they knocked out fourth seeds Mateusiak and Zieba from Poland.

They won the first game 21-18, lost the second 13-21 before winning the third and final game 21-18 after coming from 15-17 down in the closing minutes.

They followed up that first round win with a 21-19, 14-21 and 24-22 win over the German pair of Mark Lamsfuss and Isabel Herttrich.

Meanwhile at the Europeans Sam and Joshua Magee lost their men’s doubles tie in straight sets to Denmark’s pair Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup.

There was also disappointment at the championship for their niece Rachael Darragh.

Rachel,  in her first Europeans with her partner Sara Boyle, lost  in the Women’s Doubles match to their  French opponents.

Chloe’s qualification for the Rio Olympics is expected to be confirmed this week.