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Christopher Phillip Langridge (born 2 May 1985) is an English badminton player.[1] He competed for England at the 2014 Commonwealth Games where he won three medals. He represented Great Britain at the 2016 Summer Olympics, and won a bronze medal in the men's doubles, partnered with Marcus Ellis.[2] They also won gold medals at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and 2019 European Games.

Christopher Langridge
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Chris Langridge in 2013
Personal information
Birth nameChristopher Phillip Langridge
Country Great Britain
 England
Born (1985-05-02) 2 May 1985 (age 34)
Epsom, England
Height1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight73 kg (161 lb)
HandednessRight
CoachPete Jeffrey
Men's and mixed doubles
Highest ranking14 (MD 1 December 2016)
15 (XD 13 March 2014)
Current ranking17 (MD 3 September 2019)
BWF profile

Early life and educationEdit

Chris Langridge was born on 2 May 1985 in Epsom, Surrey.

Langridge was educated at Therfield School, a state comprehensive school in the town of Leatherhead in Surrey in southern England. The school were twice National Schools champions. Langridge was introduced to badminton when he was ten by his teacher Jackie Cunningham who was a badminton coach of the county, and within 18 months at the age of twelve he made the England team.[3] He also played tennis for the South East region, and he was a football player as well as a 100-metre and 200-metre runner.[4]

CareerEdit

Langridge teamed up with a number of players in the doubles, for example with Peter Mills in the men's doubles, and starting in 2012 with Heather Olver in the mixed doubles.[5] Langridge won three medals at the 2014 Commonwealth Games – a silver in the mixed doubles with Olver, a bronze in the men's doubles with Mills, as well as a silver in the mixed team match.[6][7] By 2013, he has won three gold medals at the English National Badminton Championships in the men's doubles (with Nathan Robertson in 2011 and Mills 2013) and mixed doubles (with Olver in 2013).[8]

In September 2014, he teamed up with Marcus Ellis. They won the men's doubles title in the English National Badminton Championships in both 2015 and 2016.[9] They won a bronze in the 2016 European Championships in La Roche-sur-Yon.[10] They have also won medals in the European Team Championships with a silver in the Mixed Team in 2015,[11] and a bronze medal in the Men's Team in 2016.[12]

At the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, despite ranking only No. 22 in the world, Ellis and Langridge managed to win a bronze, the first Olympic medal in badminton men's doubles won by a British team.[13]

At the 2018 Commonwealth Games held on the Gold Coast, Australia, Langridge won a gold in the men's doubles with Marcus Ellis, which is England's first men's badminton double title at the Games in 40 years.[14] He also won a bronze in the mixed team event.[15][16]

Langridge qualified to represent Great Britain at the 2019 European Games, played in the men's doubles with Marcus Ellis. Competed as the second seed, they managed to claim the gold medal after beat the top seed from Denmark Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen in straight games 21–17, 21–10.[17]

Personal lifeEdit

Langridge is married to Emma Page.[18]

AchievementsEdit

Summer Olympic GamesEdit

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2016 Riocentro - Pavilion 4, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil   Marcus Ellis   Chai Biao
  Hong Wei
21–18, 19–21, 21–10   Bronze

Commonwealth GamesEdit

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2018 Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre, Gold Coast, Australia   Marcus Ellis   Satwiksairaj Rankireddy
  Chirag Shetty
21–13, 21–16   Gold
2014 Emirates Arena, Glasgow, Scotland   Peter Mills   Chris Adcock
  Andrew Ellis
21–17, 21–17   Bronze

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2014 Emirates Arena, Glasgow, Scotland   Heather Olver   Chris Adcock
  Gabrielle Adcock
9–21, 12–21   Silver

European GamesEdit

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2019 Falcon Club, Minsk, Belarus   Marcus Ellis   Kim Astrup
  Anders Skaarup Rasmussen
21–17, 21–10   Gold

European ChampionshipsEdit

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2016 Vendéspace, La Roche-sur-Yon, France   Marcus Ellis   Mads Conrad-Petersen
  Mads Pieler Kolding
19–21, 14–21   Bronze

BWF World TourEdit

The BWF World Tour, announced on 19 March 2017 and implemented in 2018,[19] is a series of elite badminton tournaments, sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF). The BWF World Tour are divided into six levels, namely World Tour Finals, Super 1000, Super 750, Super 500, Super 300 (part of the HSBC World Tour), and the BWF Tour Super 100.[20]

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Level Partner Opponent Score Result
2018 Scottish Open Super 100   Marcus Ellis   David Daugaard
  Frederik Søgaard
23–21, 21–16   Winner
2018 SaarLorLux Open Super 100   Marcus Ellis   Aaron Chia
  Soh Wooi Yik
21–23, 21–18, 21–19   Winner
2018 Canada Open Super 100   Marcus Ellis   Mark Lamsfuß
  Marvin Emil Seidel
19–21, 21–18, 22–20   Winner

BWF Grand PrixEdit

The BWF Grand Prix has two levels: Grand Prix Gold and Grand Prix. It is a series of badminton tournaments, sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF) since 2007.

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2012 Bitburger Open   Peter Mills   Ingo Kindervater
  Johannes Schoettler
15–21, 11–21   Runner-up

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2013 Scottish Open   Heather Olver   Robert Blair
  Imogen Bankier
16–21, 14–21   Runner-up
2013 London Grand Prix Gold   Heather Olver   Michael Fuchs
  Birgit Michels
19–21, 14–21   Runner-up
     BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament
     BWF Grand Prix tournament

BWF International Challenge/SeriesEdit

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2019 Kharkiv International   Marcus Ellis   Ben Lane
  Sean Vendy
19–21, 18–21   Runner-up
2019 Azerbaijan International   Marcus Ellis   Mark Lamsfuß
  Marvin Emil Seidel
17–21, 21–23   Runner-up
2017 Yonex / K&D Graphics International   Marcus Ellis   Lu Chia-hung
  Lu Chia-pin
21–14, 21–17   Winner
2016 Austrian Open   Marcus Ellis   Kenya Mitsuhashi
  Yuta Watanabe
21–14, 21–16   Winner
2015 Welsh International   Marcus Ellis   Adam Cwalina
  Przemysław Wacha
21–16, 16–21, 21–16   Winner
2015 White Nights   Marcus Ellis   Koo Kien Keat
  Tan Boon Heong
10–21, 12–21   Runner-up
2014 Italian International   Marcus Ellis   Michael Fuchs
  Johannes Schoettler
21–11, 21–19   Winner
2013 Belgian International   Peter Mills   Anders Skaarup Rasmussen
  Kim Astrup
18–21, 21–9, 15–21   Runner-up
2012 Czech International   Peter Mills   Peter Briggs
  Harley Towler
21–14, 21–16   Winner
2011 Austrian International   Anthony Clark   Hiroyuki Saeki
  Ryota Taohata
21–15, 21–16   Winner
2010 Italian International   Anthony Clark   Vladimir Ivanov
  Ivan Sozonov
21–14, 21–19   Winner
2010 Irish International   Anthony Clark   Chris Adcock
  Andrew Ellis
13–21, 16–21   Runner-up
2010 Czech International   Robin Middleton   Marcus Ellis
  Peter Mills
21–9, 21–19   Winner
2010 Swedish International   Robin Middleton   Mikkel Elbjorn
  Christian John Skovgaard
21–11, 21–18   Winner
2009 Scotland International   Robin Middleton   Mads Conrad-Petersen
  Mads Pieler Kolding
21–19, 24–26, 11–21   Runner-up
2009 Le Volant d'Or de Toulouse   Robin Middleton   Rasmus Bonde
  Mikkel Delbo Larsen
21–11, 21–19   Winner
2009 Spanish Open   Dean George   Rasmus Bonde
  Mikkel Delbo Larsen
24–26, 21–23   Runner-up
2009 Swedish International   David Lindley   Naoki Kawamae
  Shoji Sato
21–15, 14–21, 17–21   Runner-up
2008 Scotland International   David Lindley   Richard Eidestedt
  Andrew Ellis
19–21, 21–16, 16–21   Runner-up
2006 Slovak International   David Lindley   Dean George
  Chris Tonks
21–12, 21–11   Winner
2006 Croatian International   Chris Tonks   Ian Palethorpe
  Kristian Roebuck
23–21, 15–21, 22–20   Winner
2005 Czech International   Chris Tonks   Anders Kristiansen
  Simon Mollyhus
15–6, 15–11   Winner

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2013 Welsh International   Heather Olver   Vitalij Durkin
  Nina Vislova
21–17, 10–21, 21–13   Winner
2012 Welsh International   Heather Olver   Marcus Ellis
  Gabrielle White
22–20, 16–21   Runner-up
2012 Czech International   Heather Olver   Marcus Ellis
  Gabrielle White
22–20, 6–7 Retired   Winner
2012 Belgian International   Heather Olver   Marcus Ellis
  Gabrielle White
21–9, 10–21, 17–21   Runner-up
2007 Belgian International   Joanne Nicholas   Ingo Kindervater
  Kathrin Piotrowski
21–17, 15–21, 25–23   Winner
2006 Croatian International   Jenny Day   Kristian Roebuck
  Jenny Wallwork
21–18, 24–22   Winner
     BWF International Challenge tournament
     BWF International Series tournament
     BWF Future Series tournament

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Chris Langridge and Marcus Ellis reach semi-finals". BBC. 16 August 2016. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
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  5. ^ "Badminton: Nuneaton's Chris Langridge enjoying doubles life". Coventry Telegraph. 22 December 2012.
  6. ^ "Silver lining for Leatherhead's Commonwealth Games star Langridge". Dorking Advertiser. 31 July 2014.
  7. ^ "Silver for Langridge in badminton mixed doubles at Commonwealth Games". Leatherhead Advertiser. 3 August 2014.
  8. ^ William Kings. "Ouseph Makes It Six Titles in A Row While Langridge Does the Double". English National Badminton Championships.
  9. ^ Gildea, Samantha (11 August 2016). "Olympic Games Rio 2016: Who is Marcus Ellis? All about the Team GB badminton player". The Huddersfield Daily Examiner.
  10. ^ Scott.Kirk (3 May 2016). "Two bronze medals for Milton Keynes- based England players at European Championships". One MK.
  11. ^ Sukumar, Dev (15 February 2015). "2015 European Mixed Team Championships – Day 5: Denmark Reclaim Crown". Badminton World Federation.
  12. ^ "European Badminton 2016: England settle for bronze". Badminton England. 20 February 2016.
  13. ^ Johnson, Daniel (26 August 2016). "Badminton heroes Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge turn sights to 2020". The Daily Telegraph.
  14. ^ "England pair win badminton men's doubles gold". BBC Sport. 15 April 2018.
  15. ^ Lim, Say Heng (9 April 2018). "Commonwealth Games: Singapore's badminton mixed team beaten 0-3 by England in bronze-medal tie". The Straits Times.
  16. ^ "Participants: Chris Langridge". Gold Coast 2018. 25 June 2018.
  17. ^ Bech, Rasmus (29 June 2019). "Langridge and Ellis did it again". Badminton Europe.
  18. ^ "Chris Langridge". Twitter.
  19. ^ "BWF Launches New Events Structure". Badminton World Federation. 29 November 2017.
  20. ^ "Action-Packed Season Ahead!". Badminton World Federation. 15 January 2018.

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