Magee earns London 2012 qualification


Olympics: Donegal badminton player Chloe Magee has become the latest Irish athlete to qualify for the London Olympics

The Raphoe woman, ranked 44 in the world, comfortably secured her place as the 26th out of the 44 players who will earn places in the singles.

Magee will also have hopes of competing in the mixed doubles in London alongside her brother Sam.The pair are currently third reserves for the games with only 16 spots up for grabs.

The Magees are currently ranked as the 40th best mixed pair in the world. Nations have until May 31 to confirm the places they were allocated earlier this month.

Irish men's number one Scott Evans has a better chance of moving up from a reserve spot.

The Dubliner, world number 67, is currently first reserve for the men's singles and has a strong chances of being promoted to the London field.

"It is great we have three players in contention for Olympic selection," said Badminton Ireland national coach Daniel Magee.

"Chloe and Sam have done great in mixed this year but it's tough qualifying with just 16 pairs. Chloe had a great first half of the year and had really done enough in terms of qualification by the Irish Open in December.

"Scott's solid performances of late has ensured he has a great chance of selection on the second list in a few weeks."