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India a force for Badminton bronze

25 Mar 06 09:21
England's Aamir Ghaffar misses out on a bronze to India's Chetan Anand. 

England's Aamir Ghaffar misses
out on bronze to India's Chetan

The results are in for the Badminton bronze medal play-off matches in the men's Singles, women's Singles, women's Doubles, men's Doubles and Mixed Doubles with India, Scotland and Singapore all picking up a bronze and England claiming two.

Indian Chetan Anand has beaten England's Aamir Ghaffar to win his first Commonwealth Games medal in the men's Singles.

In an even contest, Anand took the lead early with winning shots just falling over the net, taking the game 21-17. Ghaffa maintained his composure and fought back in the second game to win 21-18 and level the tie.

But Anand proved too strong in the end, running away with five consecutive points in the final game to win the match 21-13 in 46 minutes. Anand celebrated by hitting shuttlecocks into the appreciative crowd.

After winning bronze, Anand said, "There have been a lot of hopes on me back home for the last three to four years, so I am very happy - this medal means a lot to me. This is my first medal."

In a close and exciting match in the women's Singles, the eighth-seeded Susan Hughes of Scotland won bronze against Jersey's unseeded Elizabeth Cann,  21-5, 13-21, 21-19.

The first game was surprisingly one-sided, with Hughes in good form and Cann producing an uncharacteristic run of unforced errors.

A visibly pumped Cann regained her composure in the second game, forcing Hughes into a number of her own unforced errors.

Both competitors played well in the third game, resulting in a close and exciting conclusion with Hughes finally securing the bronze.

In the women's Doubles Bronze Medal Match, Gail Emms & Donna Kellogg of England defeated the Indian pair of Trupti Murgunde and Saina Nehwal.

In the Mixed Doubles, the Singaporean team of Sputra and Li have defeated Koo and Wong of Malaysia to take bronze.

In the men's Doubles, Robert Blair and Anthony Clark of England were too strong and beat Travis Denney and Ashley Brehaut of Australia in straight games 21-6 21-14.

For more results, visit the Badminton Schedule and Results section of this Website.

- Games News Service

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