Despite falling at the final hurdle at the European Badminton Championships, Rajiv Ouseph’s coach Jakob Hoi insists the London Olympian can be proud of his efforts.
Ouseph stormed his way into the men’s singles final in Kazan, however the gold medal proved just out of his reach as he lost 21-18 21-10 in the final against world number three and top seed Jan O Jorgensen of Denmark.
The result means that England’s long wait for men’s single gold at the European Championships – the length of time now sitting at 24 years.
But Hoi believe Ouseph should not get too disheartened about the overall result and should instead focus on the positives of his Russian adventure.
“Raj actually had a fantastic week,” Hoi said. “The final was quite disappointing as we believed he had a chance if he could just follow the pace from Jan Jorgensen.
“But Raj showed significant improvement on some of the exact elements he has been working on for the last two months. It was absolutely fantastic to see his patience and world-class initiative game taking the 'bite' away from the top of Europe.
“Raj has shown a willingness and ability to work hard, work long - and to invest with physical change of pace - without jeopardising the points. It has been such a ride to follow him this week.
“He actually did this in the first game of the final again but when Jan made an apparent (but strong) change of style, Raj unfortunately did not stick to his own plan and he fell into the trap that was set up for him.
“In the debrief we were all full of anger and frustration, but looking at the week, this is a really good performance from Raj.”
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