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Written history of badminton: the dramatic and sweet revenge of the Lamsfuss crown

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The dramatic sweet revenge of the Lamsfuss crown

A year later, badminton ace Mark Lamsfuss twice fulfilled his dream of EM gold – and so he took revenge on Corona, because an infection had brutally robbed him of his dream a year ago. At the same time, the golden boy achieves historical achievements with his triumphs.

The dream of the European title, stolen from a corona infection on the last day: the bitter reality of Mark Lamsfuss a year ago. Now the doubles specialist has written the history of German badminton with two successes at the European Championships in Madrid. Memories of the missed final in Kiev “cropped up briefly,” said the 28-year-old. “I was just happy that I had the chance to play the final this time around.”

With victories in mixed and doubles, Lamsfuss and his teammates have achieved something historic: the first European title for the German badminton federation after ten years of drought. Lamsfuss is the first player in 20 years to win two gold medals in a European championship, thus guaranteeing the best result in a German tournament in 50 years.

“We also want to win World Championships and Olympic medals”

Lamsfuss is particularly proud of the final success with Isabel Lohau in the mixed. “We had never beaten the French before”, said the Olympian from Wipperfeld after the three-set victory over Thom Gicquel and Delphine Delrue: “Since last year we have been working on ourselves and developing further”.

This also applies to the double with his club colleague Marvin Seidel. Exactly one year ago, they were slowed down by a positive corona test just hours before the European Championship final.

Lamsfuss felt no satisfaction and there was not even time to rest. The European titles are “brilliant”, but not the best. “We also want to win the World Cup and the Olympic medals,” he said. German badminton players have never won medals at the Olympic Games. The next opportunity for this will be in Paris in 2024. Lambsfuss sees the potential for improvement. “It’s always nice when you can make history. I’m very proud of it too, but we want more.”

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