Epsom’s Chris Langridge suffers defeat in first badminton men’s doubles game of Rio 2016

Epsom’s Chris Langridge and partner Marcus Ellis lost 9-21, 21-9, 16-21 to Denmark in the Olympic badminton men’s doubles last night. 

In the first group-stage game, they went up against Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen who won silver in the event at London 2012.

Losing the opening game 9-21 in less than 20 minutes, they balanced the scoreline by winning the next match 21-9.

However, they couldn’t replicate the win in the third match, with the Danes winning 21-16.

The British duo’s quest for a place in Monday’s quarter final continues today against Korea’s Gi Jung Kim and Sa Rang Kim at 3:20pm.

They then face Poland’s Adam Cwalina and Przemyslaw Wacha at 7:30pm tomorrow.

Langridge and Ellis have won the English National title for the last two years, bronze in the 2016 European Championships and also reached the quarter-finals in the 2015 World Championships.

Langridge, 31, won three medals at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth games — a gold in the men’s doubles with Peter Mills and two silvers in the team and mixed doubles events.

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