Silver medal for France at the 2023 European Mixed Team Badminton Championships !
It is during this championship (more commonly known as EMTC) that the French obtained the silver medal after impressive matches !
During 5 days, from 14 to 18 February 2023, the French badminton team, composed among others of the POPOV brothers, the mixed doubles GICQUEL/DELRUE or the women's duo LAMBERT/TRAN, gave their all to win the gold medal in the town of Aire-sur-La-Lys in Pas-de-Calais, France.
The 7 other best European teams also tried their best to win the title: we found the team from Germany, England, Bulgaria, Scotland, the Netherlands, Ukraine and finally Denmark, winner for the second time of this championship.
It was in the final against France that the Danish team (3-2) retained its title for the 2023 European Mixed Team Badminton Championship after the 2021 edition, thanks to the victory in the men's singles of Viktor AXELSEN, number 1 in the world, over Frenchman Christo POPOV who fought remarkably well with 2 sets to 1 in 1h12 of play (15-21, 22-20, 21-14).
Similarly, despite the victory of the mixed doubles well known in the world ranking since in 5th place and winner of our 2019 edition, Thom GICQUEL/Delphine DELRUE, in 2 sets against Mathias CHRISTIANSEN and Amalie MAGELUND (21-1/24-22), this will not have offered France the opportunity to seize the gold medal.
Detailed results for the French team in the final :
◾ Women's singles: QI XUEFEI lost to Line CHRISTOPHERSEN from Denmark in 2 sets (12/21 11/21)
◾ Men's Doubles: Thom GICQUEL and Thomas Junior POPOV win together their match against the Danish duo ASTRUP/SOGAARD with 2 sets (21-19/21-19).
◾ Women's Doubles: the duo DELRUE/LAMBERT unfortunately had to leave their place to the Danish FRUERGAARD/THYGESEN, a place that was well defended in the first set but that did not turn in their favour in the last 2 (21-17/15-21/14-21).