Kirsty Gilmour gets European silver

Kirsty Gilmour (first left) and other Euro medallists (Pic by Mark Phelan)
Kirsty Gilmour (first left) and other Euro medallists (Pic by Mark Phelan)

Bothwell badminton ace Kirsty Gilmour has become the first Scot to ever win a medal at the prestigious European Championships.

Kirsty (22), shone at La Roche sur Yon in France, scooping a silver medal after losing 21-12, 21-18 to Spain’s Carolina Marin in the women’s singles final on Sunday after a stunning run of victories.

Kirsty, a silver medallist at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, said: “It’s very satisfying to win silver.

“Definitely one for the CV but it’s the second time it could have been gold at a major championships following the Commonwealth Games. But everything at this age is a learning curve.

“Caro is the same age but has a lot more experience at the top level. It’s building blocks but we’ll get there one day.

“Today’s a day for celebrating and tomorrow we’ll feel the lull but at least I will wake up and say ‘yeah, I’ve got a silver medal at the European Championships’ which is pretty cool.

“It will be an evaluation day of a decent match, not perhaps my best but certainly not my worst by any means.

“I will learn from anyone who is world class standard. Every game you go on is a learning curve.”

Gilmour started slowly against defending champion Marin, who took control of the first game despite a protective strapping on her left shoulder after feeling it in the semi-final.

From 4-4 the Spaniard eased away to take it 21-12.

Gilmour was far more competitive in the first half of the second game, recovering from 5-1 down to lead 11-9 at the interval.

But Marin then reeled off six points in a row to take a commanding lead. Gilmour never gives up and closed the gap to 15-14 but Marin was never going to let her title slip.

Gilmour said: “The first set I know she comes out a million miles an hour so I was just sizing up my shots and adjusting to the pace. It took me a little bit too long to get to the pace of it.”