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Chris Adcock always had potential to succeed

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Category: Badminton News Published: 19 August 2014
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London: Twenty-four hours after he missed out on one medal at the Commonwealth Games, Chris Adcock bounced back to take the top prize.

Others might have let defeat affect them, but the badminton player from Ravenshead is made of sterner stuff.

And he always has been.

Chris and Gabby Adcock - An absolutely beautiful couple!
Chris and Gabby Adcock - An absolutely beautiful couple!

Chris and Gabby Adcock - An absolutely beautiful couple!

Even at the age of eight, it was Adcock's attitude which marked him out from other youngsters knocking around a shuttlecock.

His first coach, Karen Peatfield, says the signs were there at the very beginning that he could achieve great things.

And when he and wife Gabby won mixed doubles gold in Glasgow – the day after his men's doubles defeat in the bronze medal match – Peatfield was there to see that potential being realised.

Unbelievable: Chris and Gabby Adcock enjoy their moment after winning Commonwealth mixed doubles gold in Glasgow
Unbelievable: Chris and Gabby Adcock enjoy their moment after winning Commonwealth mixed doubles gold in Glasgow

Unbelievable: Chris and Gabby Adcock enjoy their moment after winning Commonwealth mixed doubles gold in Glasgow

"Personally, I think the key thing was Chris had the ability to learn very quickly and implement things very quickly," she said.

"He wanted to achieve, and would do anything to achieve his targets.

"Whereas some kids might take a couple of months to learn something, Chris would do it much quicker, so he was progressing much quicker.

"He learnt very quickly, and one of the things you need to succeed is to be a very quick learner.

"Absolutely he had potential. Not just physically, but mentally. He was very determined.

"He made a lot of choices very early on that were his own decisions. He wasn't influenced by anyone.

"I hoped he would succeed but you never know.

"You can only do your best.

Chris and Gabby Adcock are kissing after winning 2013 Hong Kong Open
Chris and Gabby Adcock are kissing after winning 2013 Hong Kong Open

Chris and Gabby Adcock are kissing after winning 2013 Hong Kong Open

"There was always a feeling he would achieve, but it was a question of to what level.

"It can depend on how much work you put in once you get to 18 – that's a critical age, when other things come on the scene, and it's what sort of commitment you have."

On that front, Adcock had already passed one gruelling test.

At 16, he broke his leg in three places while on court.

So strong were his muscles, when they tensed, it snapped a bone in mid-air, with two further breaks sustained when he hit the floor.

"He was out for a year, more or less," said Peatfield, who lives in Mansfield Woodhouse.

"There was a lot of off court work at that point.

"In some respects, that made him a stronger player.

"He worked on his core stability, so he was in the best shape.

"It sounds ironic, but he was probably in better shape at the end of it than before.

"Mentally, it was very tough, but he coped very well.

"He knew what the end goal was and he worked really hard to come back fitter and stronger than before.

"Don't get me wrong, he did have down days, but he knew what he wanted."

As a result of the injury, Adcock gave up playing the singles form of the game, focusing on doubles instead.

"We never really knew which way he would go, but that sort of forced the issue a little bit, just because of the different styles of singles and doubles," Peatfield added.

"At that age, it's such a crucial age coming through to break into senior level.

"It made the decision easier."

Shortly after, aged 18, Adcock left Nottinghamshire and the instruction of Peatfield for Milton Keynes, where he is still based.

The pair have kept in touch though, and Peatfield was able to join in the celebrations at the Emirates Arena earlier this month.

"It was fabulous; unbelievable to be there," she said.

"It's been a long, long journey from junior level to there.

"It was extremely nerve-wracking.

"They are playing at a good level at the moment, but I was reasonably confident they'd perform.

"It was really good to finish it off after all the hard work that goes into it.

"It's a fantastic achievement."

And, with any luck, for 25-year-old Adcock and his wife, there will still be further success ahead – the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio firmly on the horizon.

"They are ranked fifth in the world at the moment," Peatfield said.

"Once you get there, you're in with a chance of a medal – then it just comes down to on the day.

"Hopefully there's more to come.

"For badminton players, they are starting to hit their peak now."

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