Adcock eager for more success after eighth national title

Gabby Adcock admits she will have to balance her target of breaking the record for the most national badminton titles with her Olympic aims after picking up mixed doubles gold with husband Chris in Crawley.

Ranked as the sixth-best mixed doubles pairing in the world, the Adcocks made light work of final opponents Lauren Smith and Gary Fox on Sunday, defeating them 21-10, 21-13 in just 30 minutes.

It moves Gabby onto eight English National Championship titles with victory adding to her two previous mixed doubles triumphs and five women’s doubles titles.

She is now four behind record holder Anthony Clark although Adcock, who has her eyes on competing at Rio alongside London 2012 Olympian Chris, admits it may take a bit of time to reach her target.

“I’m pleased to get that eighth title and playing one event has been a luxury with our training block,” she said.

“I want to go for the record of national titles. Next year could be difficult with the Olympics in mind but I hope to get ten in the bag at some point.”

Elsewhere at the Championships this weekend, Heather Olver and Smith secured women’s doubles success after a straight sets win over Jennifer Moore and Viki Williams while Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge triumphed over Matthew Nottingham and Harley Towler in the men’s equivalent.

And the men’s and women’s singles titles went the way of Sam Parsons and Nicola Cerfontyne after victories over Andrew Smith and Fontaine Chapman respectively.

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