Rio 2016: Heather Olver ends Olympic badminton debut on a winning note

14 August 2016

University of Bath graduate Heather Olver finished her Rio 2016 Olympic Games on a high note as she and Lauren Smith won their final ladies’ doubles match.

Defeats to tough opponents from Malaysia and Indonesia in their opening Group C matches meant Olver, a Coach Education and Sports Development graduate, and Smith could not qualify for the next round.

However, they got the victory their performances deserved when they beat Lok Yan Poon and Ying Suet Tse of Hong Kong 21-17 18-21 21-16 on Saturday.

“It wasn’t the prettiest of wins but I’m glad we stuck it out until the end and happy that we managed to finish on a bit of a high,” said Olver, who was coached by Peter Bush during her time at the University.

“It was our main goal to qualify and be here but we’re all sportsmen and we’re all competitive so we want to win.”

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