Happy couple take Commonwealth gold

Happy couple take Commonwealth gold

Gabrielle and Chris Adcock secured gold

Gabrielle and Chris Adcock secured gold

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Chris and Gabby Adcock claimed Commonwealth Games gold with a convincing victory over Chris Langridge and Heather Olver in the mixed doubles final.

The Adcocks, ranked fifth in the world, lived up to their top-seed billing as they powered to a 21-9 21-12 win over their England team-mates at the Emirates Arena.

The husband-and-wife duo did not relinquish their grip after imposing themselves on the second seeds early in the first game and they went on to wrap up victory in 35 minutes.

The Adcocks' victory capped a superb tournament in which they were hardly troubled and did not drop a single game. The most points they conceded in any one game in their five matches was 17.

For Gabby Adcock the gold added to the bronze she won in the women's doubles with Lauren Smith while both she and Chris were part of the silver medal-winning England side in the team event.

Langridge and Olver, although completely outplayed, could also reflect on a good Games. Both had a hand in the team success while Langridge will also go home with a bronze medal from the men's doubles.

Chris, 25, and Gabby, 23, who were married last year, have made strong progress since being restored as an on-court partnership after London 2012. Chris had played at the Olympics with Scotland's Imogen Bankier.

Gabby Adcock said: "We're over the moon with this gold. There was a lot of pressure coming into this tournament, being number one seeds, but we played so well this week.

"We kept our calm, tried to enjoy it. We are exhausted now but we couldn't be happier."

Scotland's Kirsty Gilmour fell short in her quest for gold as she lost 2-0 to Canada's Michelle Li in the women's singles final.

Glasgow-based Gilmour, the second seed, was unable to impose herself on the third seed at the Emirates Arena and had to settle for silver as she went down 21-14 21-7.

Meanwhile England secured a dramatic bronze in the men's hockey with a penalty shoot-out victory over New Zealand on Sunday morning.

Having led 2-1 and 3-2 at Glasgow Green, England were pegged back to 3-3 in regulation time by Simon Child's equaliser.

But Bobby Crutchley's side held their nerve in the shoot-out to prevail 4-2 and clinch a second hockey medal in little over 12 hours.

England's women had to settle for silver after losing on penalties to Australia following a thrilling final on Saturday night.

Elsewhere, England's Alison Waters and Peter Barker won silver in the mixed doubles squash after being defeated by Australia's Rachael Grinham and David Palmer 11-8 11-10 in the gold-medal match at Scotstoun.

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