‘Perfect day’ as Robert Blair lands a badminton double

Imogen Bankier and Robert Blair after victory in the Scottish Open Grand Prix (SNS)
Imogen Bankier and Robert Blair after victory in the Scottish Open Grand Prix (SNS)
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A GOLD medal and a special award on the final session of the Scottish Open Grand Prix at The Emirates in Glasgow. No wonder Edinburgh-born Robert Blair summed it up as “the perfect day”.

Blair and Glasgow’s Imogen Bankier won the mixed doubles, the 2007 Champions taking the title for a second time with a 21-16, 21-14 triumph over English favourites Chris Langridge and Heather Olver.

Blair had also won the Bob McCoig Award for the best Scottish performance. He received both prizes from Badmintonscotland’s Royal patron, the Earl of Wessex.

Kirsty Gilmour won silver in the singles, taking the final to a decider before losing14-21, 21-1,1 13-21 to Carolina Marin.

Blair and Bankier were last on court. “It’s been fantastic to play in this great arena,” said Blair, now back up north after several years representing England. “The crowd were great and it really has been the perfect day.”

Bankier added: “It’s always great to win against the Auld Enemy, even more so since they were the top seeds. I really hope everyone comes back to support us again at the Commonwealth Games.”