Joy for Gabby as Adcocks move closer '¨to world gold

A BRONZE medal may already be in the bag but an ecstatic Gabby and Chris Adcock aren't prepared to stop there as they continue on the path to TOTAL BWF World Championship glory, WRITES KATIE FALKINGHAM.

England's Chris and Gabby Adcock celebrate winning their mixed doubles quarter final match during day five of the 2017 BWF World Championships at the Emirates Arena, Glasgow. (Picture: Jane Barlow/PA Wire)

The Adcocks – newly promoted to world No 4 – got off to a slow start in their quarter-final clash with Hong Kong opposition, losing the opening game at Glasgow’s Emirates Arena.

But they bounced back in remarkable style, dictating play and never relinquishing the lead in the second game before sealing the deal in classy fashion in the third, emerging as 16-21 21-13 21-16 victors.

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Their delight was transparent as they rushed into the arms of their families in the crowd, and Gabby won’t be coming down from cloud nine any time soon.

England's Chris and Gabby Adcock have secured at least a bronze medal

“It’s a pretty surreal feeling at the moment, I’m not sure it’s quite sunk in,” said Leeds’s Adcock.

“That’s probably a good thing because we’ve still got another match or hopefully two to play. To secure a medal for England feels pretty amazing.

“I woke up in the morning thinking that there was a possibility that I could win a medal, but I tried not to think that far ahead.

“To come off the court now and have my first world medal – I can’t describe the feeling.”

England's Chris and Gabby Adcock have secured at least a bronze medal

Plenty more play awaits the married couple, as they look to upgrade their position on the podium in Saturday’s semi-final.

Yet while Chris already has world silver from 2011, alongside Imogen Bankier, this marks Gabby’s first medal on the world stage – not that she’s satisfied just yet.

“I can’t settle for a bronze, but hopefully we can go one better than a silver because that would be a gold,” she 
said.

“At the minute, I’m just going to enjoy this feeling and really soak it up.”

The TOTAL BWF World Championships 2017 will be staged at Glasgow’s Emirates Arena from 21-27 August. It is being delivered by BADMINTONscotland in partnership with Glasgow Life and Glasgow City Council and with funding support from EventScotland and The National Lottery through UK Sport. Tickets available atwww.glasgow2017.com/tickets.