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“I’m back!”- Carolina Marin emerges triumphant at the 2022 European Championships

Olympic Champion Carolina Marin claims gold at the European championships

Carolina Marin

Olympic gold medalist Carolina Marin defended her title after winning the European Championships after she defeated Scotland’s Kristy Gilmour in straight games, winning 21-10, 21-12 in 41 minutes at Madrid.

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The 2016 Olympic champion and native was adored by the local crowd on Saturday, the 30th of April. She later thanked the fans for their support, saying that ‘this title belongs to all of us’. The tournament is Marin’s first competition since she tore her ACL ten months ago, which forced her to miss the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, 2021.

‘The crowd was right behind Marin, roaring at every successful point she scored’

Carolina Marin won the Swiss Open

Marin’s quest for a sixth European badminton title got off to a perfect start, dominating Gilmour with a score of 21-10. While Gilmour gave a tough fight, Marin proved to be too strong for her. Hitting winners and forcing errors and defeated Gilmour 21-12.

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Marin may have been born in Huvela, but she spent most of her time living and training in Madrid, and while she made put on brilliant performances throughout the tournament, she made sure to put on a show for the roaring Spanish crowd. Marin now has one title more than the Danish legend Peter Gade in the singles category and equals English legend Gillian Gilks for the most number of titles in one category, Gilks having won six in mixed doubles.

The last winner of the women’s category was Danish player Tine Baun, who retired nearly a decade ago.

In the men’s category, Viktor Axelsen defeated fellow Dane Anders Antonsen 21-17, 21-15 and claimed his third European title. Now having been Olympic Champion, World Champion and European Champion, he has proved once again that he is one of the greatest players to ever pick up a racket.

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