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A shift in GB badminton power?

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Has Anthony Clark and Donna Kellogg's victory in the European Championships mixed doubles signalled a shift in power in the British game?

Ever since Nathan Robertson and Gail Emms shot into the national consciousness after winning silver medal at the Athens Olympics four years ago, the duo have dominated the badminton headlines.

They won a world championship two years later, but have struggled to recapture that form since.

Clark and Kellogg meanwhile have been quietly going about their business.

Will Robertson and Emms respond to the Clark and Kellogg charge? Or has their time at the top gone?

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posted Apr 21, 2008

I think that Clark and Kellogg are the furture and famatsic badminton players. They deserve the time and money to be spent to get them to the top because they are fantastic players.

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posted Apr 22, 2008

I thought that last year after their performance in the 07 All England - but their performance has been erratic since. I think at their best they can beat anyone, including Gail and Nathan at their best. I hope they continue to build and give us something to cheer for years to come.

The weakness I have spotted is that they don't stick to a winning tactic - if something works (the fake drop shot by Clark is fantastic)keep using it - but for some reason they don't.

Also all the GB team seem to struggle if it goes to 3 sets - this is odd - I know the games are more intense with the new rules, there's no getting your breath back, but they are quicker - so surely something is wrong with the training regime if they peter out towards the end !!

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posted Apr 22, 2008

My mate said he'd eat Kellogg for breakfast! <laugh>

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posted Apr 22, 2008

definately

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posted Apr 23, 2008

britain is the only country in the world to challenge the far east

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posted May 10, 2008

Not true, i think Denmark always have been good and that they beat everybody hands down the other week in the team event. England are getting better and Clark and Kellogg are the future after emms retires after Bejing.

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posted May 28, 2008

cfc4life08 (U11727141)

posted 4 Weeks Ago

britain is the only country in the world to challenge the far east,

I wouldn't really say challenge the far east because if you look at the singles and doubles rankings the far east tes it pretty solidly and when you consider our best men's singles player ( Andrew Smith ) is ranked 29th in the world that shows how far we are behind the far east but i totally agreed with Smith when he said that the only way to get into the elite is to go and get trained out in places like indonesia where they have poor air conditioning and it is tougher than in england. but we are just lacking completely compared to the likes of china i'd be surprised if we managed to get any bronze's or any medals out in china.

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posted Jun 17, 2008

Clearly you have never heard of Denmark, and do not know what you are talking about.

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posted Jul 28, 2008

Donna Kelloggs sister plays for my cricket club =]so HA !

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