Gobi triumphs

Gobi Ranganathan from Stevenage was successful in the Welsh leg of the Four Nations Disabled Badminton Championships in Cardiff. He won gold in the men s singles, as well as silver in the men s doubles and mixed doubles. Gobi, backed by Stevenage Leisure

Gobi Ranganathan from Stevenage was successful in the Welsh leg of the Four Nations Disabled Badminton Championships in Cardiff.

He won gold in the men's singles, as well as silver in the men's doubles and mixed doubles.

Gobi, backed by Stevenage Leisure Limited and the Herts Sports Village, won all his group games in the singles event - 21-1 versus Michael Smith (Northern Ireland), 21-9 versus Steve McGrath (Wales), and 21-20 versus Damien Hallett (Wales) after being 18-14 down in this one.

He faced Hallett again in the final and won 15-8, 15-9 to retain the singles title won in Scotland back in April.

Next up is likely to be the Irish leg at Lisburn, near Belfast, in November.

With his regular doubles partner unable to compete, he had a substitute player, Smith from Northern Ireland, and they finished as runners-up after losing 2-0 (15-8, 15-8) in the final.

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Gobi took part in the mixed doubles event for the first time and was partnered by Sharon Jones Barnes, a newcomer to disabled badminton.

They finished second in the group stage and progressed to the semi-final where they played the winners of the first group and won 2-0 (21-4, 21-15) to progress to the final.

Once again, they were runners-up in this by losing 2-0 (15-8, 15-10).

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