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Adcocks do not feel the Olympic pressure
Date: 7/15/2019 9:04 AM
Published by : Rasmus Bech(BEC)

Gabrielle and Chris Adcock are fighting to qualify for Tokyo 2020, but despite of being in a close race with their countrymen, they do not feel any pressure.

The Adcocks have been in this position before: Fighting to be the Team GB representatives at the Olympics.

Two Great Britain pairs, the Adcocks and Lauren Smith/Marcus Ellis, are trying to make it to Tokyo, but there is one big challenge: When the qualification period finishes in April 2020, both pairs have to be in top8 on the World Ranking for two pairs to qualify for the Olympics. Should one or both pairs finish the qualification outside top8, only one Team GB Mixed Doubles will enter the draw for the Olympics.

A gruelling year
Gabby and Chris Adcock are back-to-back European Mixed Doubles Champions. Lauren Smith and Marcus Ellis have delivered good results during the last 12 months and lately they won the European Games title beating the Adcocks in the final. But the fact that four teammates might fight for a single spot in Tokyo is not the focus of the Adcocks.

- It means nothing to us. It is such a gruelling year but when we get to tournaments it is all about ourselves and how we play, Gabby Adcock said.

- Of course we really want to go (to Tokyo), but it does not change our mindset and how we are thinking. We have dealt with it quite well in the past where there have been even two pairs that we have to try to compete against, for me one being my husband. We would say that we are experienced now, and we are just enjoying it more than ever.

Having great fun
The last 18 months have been a rollercoaster trip for Chris and Gabby Adcock. The 2018 European Championships was a big challenge for the married couple, (watch the BEC Podcast to know why), but now it is again time to smile.

- The last year put everything in perspective, and now we are having great fun. We are just happy to be here, Gabby Adcock said.

Currently Lauren Smith and Marcus Ellis are ranked nine on the World Ranking, while Chris and Gabby Adcock are ranked ten.


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