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Magees win Ireland’s first medal at European Badminton Championships

Sam and Chloe Magee made Irish badminton history and secured Ireland’s first ever medal at the European Badminton Championships on Saturday.

In their crucial quarter final game they beat the number four seeds and former European gold medallists Robert Mateusiak and Nadiezba Zieba of Poland. It was a game that either side could have won and it proved to be very close throughout. The first game came down to the wire but Sam and Chloe kept their composure and won 22-20. In the second the Polish fought back and managed to steal that game 21-17. Sam and Chloe went out and gave it everything in the final game and dominated winning 21-12.

In the semi final they lost to the very strong pair of Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Christinna Pedersen of Denmark in two games 21-14 21-10.

Sam and Chloe played world class badminton all week long and had some close games. They managed to knock out the number 4 and 5 seeds of the tournament on the way to their medal. Chloe and Sam have been very grateful for all the Irish support over the week:

“We really have to thank everyone for the support, Ireland is definitely a country that gets behind their players, its feels like I’m back at home” – Chloe Magee.

Welcome home Chloe and Sam when they arrive into Dublin Airport (Terminal 1) on Sunday the 29th April at 22:00 on KLM flight KL939 from Amsterdam.

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