Danish delight as Laybourn, Juhl triumph

Indonesian second seeds stunned in mixed doubles title round

Thomas Laybourn (left) and Kamilla Rytter Juhl won the mixed doubles title in Hyderabad on Sunday. DH Photo

In an impressive performance, Laybourn and Kamilla defeated defending champions and Indonesian second seeds Widianto Nova and Natsir Liliyana 21-13, 21-17 to clinch the only gold for Europe.

Denmark’s last gold medal in mixed doubles in the World Championship came 13 years ago, when Thomas Lund and Marlene Thomsen emerged winners.

 The win was made a touch special as the Danes defeated the top two teams en route to the gold. “The way to the finals has been amazing.

“We defeated the number one pair in the semifinal and today we defeated the number two, who were also the defending champions,” gushed Kamilla.

 Victory had not yet sunk in for Laybourn. “I’m shocked. I’m shaking all over. It’s been a long wait for us and I can now realise what it means to be a World champion,” said Laybourn, who rated this as the best win of his career.

“This is the biggest moment in my life. We’ve been together for so long and have won many titles before, but this comes on top of everything,” added Laybourn
Laybourn also hoped that their gold-medal effort will provide an impetus to the game in Denmark in particular, and Europe in general. “I think we’ve done a good job and hopefully, a lot of people will take to the game in Denmark.

“Asia is too dominant, so to win the gold is a big achievement and we hope it puts Europe back on track as far as badminton is concerned,” he noted.

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