Rajeev Bagga started his quest for a record sixth straight consecutive Deaflympic gold today.
He was first in action this morning, winning in two sets before returning in the afternoon (the early stages of Singles in Badminton are played in ’round robin’ format) to again win in two sets.
Andrea Hardwick and Xander Hurley were the pick of the other players, taking their higher-ranked opponents to close games.
Team GB’s field athletes competed for the first time in these Deaflympics this evening at the Taipei Stadium. Joanne Davison and Bethan Lishman were both in the final of the Women’s Discus event but the specialist hammer throwers could not progress beyond the first stage.
After their superb displays yesterday, both Lewis Fletcher and Darren O’Donnell crashed out of the Men’s Singles in the third round. Catherine Graham also made an exit in the Women’s Singles.
But there was brighter news in the afternoon, when Anthony Sinclair and Graham teamed up to win their Mixed Doubles match. Anthony and Catherine are now through to the semi-finals, due to take place tomorrow afternoon.
Breakthrough 16 year old swimmer Hannah Fitton reached her third final today; qualifying in 8th place but finishing a respectable seventh out of a strong field.
The boys on the small green table were in action today, trying their best in the defeat to Belgium, 3-1.
Team GB Women now face a tough semi final against reigning champions USA on Friday after losing 6-2 to Russia in their final group game.
An early penalty from Danielle Evans put GB in the lead but by half-time the Russians had surged ahead 3-1.
A Camilla Willis goal from an Esther Maycock cross in the second half gave GB hope but it was mostly
one-way traffic after that as Russia added three more goals.
The USA match takes place on Friday at 9.30am local time.
GB Men’s Football are in action against South Africa in the 9th-16th round. That match kicks off at 2.30pm local time. It’s a rest day for the athletes, swimmers and Table Tennis players but Badminton continues.
Team GB are in two Tennis semi-finals, with the Fletcher/O’Donnell tie taking place on the centre court at the same time as the Sinclair/Graham tie.