Chloe Birch and Marcus Ellis heading to Tokyo Olympics

Sheffield’s Chloe Birch will make her Olympic debut in Tokyo next month after being named as one of seven badminton players to represent Great Britain at the Games.

Chloe Birch: Sheffield badminton ace to make Olympic debut in Tokyo.
Chloe Birch: Sheffield badminton ace to make Olympic debut in Tokyo.

Birch will pair up with Lauren Smith for the women’s doubles having enjoyed some notable recent success including claiming a silver medal at the 2019 European Games.

“So so proud to announce that I will be representing @teamgb at the Tokyo Olympic Games,” Birch wrote on Twitter.

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“This is literally a dream come true and thank you to all my family and friends that have made this happen, without so much support I wouldn’t have made it.”

Huddersfield and Great Britain's Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge (left) with their bronze medals following the men's badminton doubles final at Rio (Picture: David Davies/PA Wire)

Birch, 25, was born in Preston but raised in Sheffield. She learned the game at Abbeydale Badminton Club.

Marcus Ellis of Huddersfield is heading to his second Olympics, looking to repeat the remarkable feat of medalling in Rio, when he and Chris Langridge fought through the rounds to win a bronze medal in the men’s doubles.

Ellis, 31, will also partner Lauren Smith, this time in the mixed doubles.

Team GB’s chef de mission Mark England said: “After badminton’s historic Rio 2016 campaign we welcome returning medallist Marcus back onto the team, alongside an exciting mix of athletes with Olympic experience and those making their debuts.

“This is a group that will undoubtedly put on a gripping show out in Tokyo.

“As we draw ever closer to the Opening Ceremony on July 23 we hope that today’s announcement not only gives these athletes a great sense of pride, but a final boost for their remaining preparations before departing for Japan next month.”