Ibiza has lowered the curtain on the ‘Iberdrola Spanish International’ of badminton after a stellar performance by the Spanish representatives in the second of the three international events that take place over nine intense days at the Poliesportiu Insular de sa Blanca Dona. There, Spanish badminton has managed to leave its mark by winning three golds and one silver in the senior international competition, and again it has been in the doubles events.
Firstly, the mixed couple formed by Rubén García and Lucía Rodríguez won the gold by beating the also Spaniards Jacobo Fernández and Paula López, a player from Madrid assigned to UD Ibiza CB Pitiús, in the final. García also climbed to the top of the podium in men’s doubles, partnering with Carlos Piris. The third gold medal came in the women’s doubles thanks to Paula López and Lucía Rodríguez.
The final day began this Thursday with tremendously exciting semifinals that left no one indifferent. In the individual section, Álvaro Leal could not continue his great competition when he fell to the Englishman Nadeem Dalvi by 21-17 and 21-15. Of course, the great winner in this test was the Dane Jakob Houe, who defeated the Swiss Mueller in the other semifinal and later won the title by defeating Dalvi 21-17 and 21-16.
There was also no Spanish presence on the women’s individual podium. In this test Leona Lee was proclaimed champion after defeating the Belgian Clara Lassaux in an exciting semifinal (18-21, 21-16 and 22-20) and the Danish Sofie Karmann also after coming back (17-21, 21-16 and 21 -17).
Rain of Spanish medals
The national athletes, on the other hand, did shine with their own light in the doubles events, confirming once again the progress of the Spanish athletes in these events with four medals. One of the best performances of our athletes was seen in the mixed doubles, an event in which Rubén García and Lucía Rodríguez won the title after beating the also Spaniards Jacobo Fernández and Paula López in the final by 21-16 and 21-17.
To reach that final, García and Rodróguez signed a solid victory against the Danish couple of Gadegaard and Røjkaer (21-16 and 21-12), while Fernández and López pulled out all the stops to beat Melgaard and Tommerup (21-18, 11 -21 and 21-16).
Spanish badminton can also boast of the good results achieved in gender doubles. Firstly, Carlos Piris and Rubén García beat the Germans Marvin Datko and Jarne Schlevoigt in the semifinals (21-15, 13-21 and 21-15), meeting the Danes Gadegaard and Geisler in the final, in which they also emerged winners after winning 21-14 and 21-11.
The icing on the cake came in the women’s section, with Lucía Rodríguez and the Pitiús player Paula López as the protagonists. And, after shining in the semifinals against the French Anouk Nambot and Xu Wei (21-14 and 21-17), they rounded off their great performance by coming back in a heart-stopping final against the also French Cesari and Schaffner (20-22, 21-15 and 25-23).
In this way, an Iberdrola Spanish International to remember concludes, although badminton will continue to be the protagonist in Ibiza from this Friday with the start of the Spanish International U15 and U17.
The cherry on top of 10 intense days
This third and last tournament held on the island consecutively is another championship with great tradition that is marked on the calendars of many young athletes.
On this occasion it brings together more than 110 participants, of which more than half will be Spanish. In addition, 22 of them compete representing the national teams of these categories, one more reason not to miss anything that happens in sa Blanca Dona. And the national athletes have a lot to say in Ibiza, since the Spanish and Ibizan youth teams have long ago taken a step forward in international competitions and are called to do great things in the short, medium and long term.
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