Lane and Vendy walk away from badminton final with silver as Commonwealth Games nears its climax

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Silver medallists England's Ben Lane and England's Sean Vardy pose during the medal presentation ceremony men's doubles gold medal badminton match on day eleven of the Commonwealth Games at the NEC arena in Birmingham, central England, on August 8, 2022. (Photo by Ben Stansall / AFP) (Photo by BEN STANSALL/AFP via Getty Images)
Silver medallists England's Ben Lane and England's Sean Vardy pose during the medal presentation ceremony men's doubles gold medal badminton match on day eleven of the Commonwealth Games at the NEC arena in Birmingham, central England, on August 8, 2022. (Photo by Ben Stansall / AFP) (Photo by BEN STANSALL/AFP via Getty Images)

By Josh Graham, Sportsbeat in Birmingham

Badminton boys Ben Lane and Sean Vendy made no bones about feeling chuffed with their Commonwealth Games silver lining.

Lane and Milton Keynes’ Vendy lost the final of the men’s doubles 15-21 13-21 to India’s Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty.

Lane and Vendy entered the tournament as No.3 seeds but outperformed their ranking to take second spot on the podium after Sunday’s impressive semi-final win over Malaysia’s world No.6 pairing Aaron Chia and Wooi Yik Soh had booked their spot in the final.

Vendy said: “If you had said to me at the start of the week I was going to get a silver, I'd have snapped your hand off. I couldn't be happier.

“We came into the competition seeded three and we knew we had to beat two pairs in the top 10 to win the gold.”

Lane added: “We came into this competition knowing we had two of the best men's doubles teams in our way, in India and Malaysia - who we beat yesterday. So to come away with a silver medal is just incredible.

"We can say we have played amazingly for the past two weeks. We played probably the best match of our lives yesterday, beating the world number six.

“I thought India were amazing today. They came in with a game plan that we couldn't deal with, so credit to those lads."

Both players credited the bouncing Birmingham crowd for helping to haul them onto the podium and will savour the unique atmosphere provided by the NEC’s show court over the last 10 days.

Vendy explained: “It's been the best experience of my life. To have all my friends and family and the home crowd's support is something I cannot put into words.

“It's not something I have experienced before and probably won't experience again. I’m so thankful for the last two weeks.

“We wouldn't be here with a silver medal without them. They gave us 10-20 percent more; it's just incredible. The noise has been insane."

Lane, who added silver to his mixed team bronze from the Gold Coast, added: “It has been amazing. My mum, nan and stepdad have been here for the whole mixed team event and individual competition. More friends and family came here yesterday.

"It's absolutely amazing to play in front of them, but it's even more special to win a silver medal too."

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