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Zwiebler makes his Marc, Danes still rule

Germany’s Marc Zwiebler won his first European Championships men’s singles gold medal on Saturday, but the expected onslaught from his teammates failed to materialise as Denmark walked away with the majority of the titles yet again.

European powerhouse Denmark had appeared to be in danger of losing their crown as the top team in the continent after some shock results in the men’s singles and mixed doubles which saw Peter Gade, Joachim Fischer Nielsen-Christinna Pedersen and Thomas Laybourn-Kamilla Rytter Juhl all suffered early exits.

But in the end, Tine Baun (right), helped Denmark to the top of the pile with three gold medals after she edged archrival Juliane Schenk of Germany in the women’s singles final.

Schenk, who many had expected to test Baun’s resolve, put up a tremendous fight to force the match into a rubber game. The Dane, however, finished the stronger of the duo and pull off a 21-19, 16-21, 21-19 victory.

Denmark also won two of the doubles titles as top seeds Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen crushed Germany’s Michael Fuchs-Oliver Roth 21-11, 21-11 in the men’s doubles while Pedersen-Juhl (below), edged teammates Line Damkjaer Kruse-Marie Roepke 21-17, 24-22 in the women’s doubles.

Denmark had a chance for a fourth crown in the mixed doubles where surprise finalists Mads Pieler Kolding-Julie Houmann, who had defeated Laybourn-Juhl came face to face with Nielsen-Pedersen’s conquerors’ Robert Mateusiak-Nadiezda Zieba.

The seventh seeded Polish pair used their experience to move the Danes round the court before finally winning 21-12, 24-22.

Zwiebler, meanwhile, was up against giant killer Henri Hurskainen of Sweden and the partisan crowd, who were hoping for a hometown victory.

Hurskainen, who upset five-time champion Peter Gade and former world junior champion Viktor Axelsen in the previous two rounds, gave it his all against the more fancied German, but could not find a chink in his armour and fell 21-15, 21-13.

For full results, click here.

Singles: Marc Zwiebler (Germany) bt Henri Hurskainen (Sweden) 21-15, 21-13.
Doubles: Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen (Denmark) bt Michael Fuchs-Oliver Roth (Germany) 21-11, 21-11.

Singles: Tine Baun (Denmark) bt Juliane Schenk (Germany) 21-19, 16-21, 21-19.
Doubles: Christinna Pedersen-Kamilla Rytter Juhl (Denmark) bt Line Damkjaer Kruse-Marie Roepke (Denmark) 21-17, 24-22.

Mixed doubles: Robert Mateusiak-Nadiezda Zieba (Poland) bt Mads Pieler Kolding-Julie Houmann (Denmark) 21-12, 24-22.

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