Thom Gicquel and Delphine Delrue

The French duo Thom Gicquel and Delphine Delrue reached the podium in the mixed doubles category.

France’s Thom Gicquel and Delphine Delrue became European badminton runners-up in mixed doubles on Saturday morning in Madrid, losing to Germany’s Mark Lamsfuss and Isabel Lohau 2 sets to 1 (16-21, 22-20, 21-16).

The French, seeded number 2 and 11th in the world, hoped to become the first tricolors crowned champions of Europe but failed in their quest after fighting for 1 hour and 13 minutes against the pair seeded number 4.

With silver, the pair won their first medal in a major international event and offered themselves an unprecedented result in the history of French mixed badminton.

The French delegation left Madrid with two medals, the silver of Gicquel-Delrue being added to the bronze obtained the day before by Toma Popov in men’s singles.

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