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Tuesday, 30 July, 2002, 21:43 GMT 22:43 UK

England keep team record

By Mike Burnett
BBC Sport Online Manchester

England badminton players put in an impressive display to clinch yet another mixed team title at the Commonwealth Games.

In front of a delighted home crowd, the top seeds swept away Singapore 3-0 on Tuesday night.

The result means England remain unbeaten in the event since it was first introduced at the Games in 1978.

The bronze medal was shared between beaten semi-finalists Scotland and New Zealand because there is no play-off for third place in badminton.

But it was England's day as they stopped Singapore from claiming their second gold in less than eight hours.

"We won quite convincingly"
Tracey Hallam

Earlier, the women's table tennis team had ended a 40-year gold medal drought for the small Asian country.

Their badminton counterparts hoped to make it a glorious double, but it was not to be.

The superb mixed pairing of Nathan Robertson and Gail Emms got England off to perfect start with an easy win over inexperienced duo Patrick Lau and Yanmei Jiang 7-0 7-4 7-4.

"We were very pleased with our performance," Emms said afterwards

"We won quite convincingly."

Local Manchester lad Colin Haughton then put aside recent indiferent form to beat Ronald Susilo 3-2 (5-7 7-4 78-0 0-7 7-3) in a hard-fought victory and bring the young Singaporean's unbeaten record to an end.

Finally, world number 20 Tracey Hallam sealed the triumph for England after a 3-1 win over Chinese-born Li Li, ranked 43 in the world.

Hallam played down her win, saying that the hard work had been done for her before she took to the court.

"The mixed was our strongest suit, then Colin went on and did well," she said.

"The pressure was on the Singapore girl to keep them in it so I could just relax and enjoy it."


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