Huddersfield badminton international Marcus Ellis is looking forward to an Olympic quarter-final.
The 26-year-old from Bolster Moor and his partner Chris Langridge are into the last eight in Rio for Team GB in the men’s doubles.
After an opening defeat to Denmark and a superb recovery to beat a top-class South Korean pairing, they confirmed their place in the knockout stages with a 21-18 21-16 win over Polish duo Adam Cwalina and Przemyslaw Wacha.
Ellis said: “It really is an amazing feeling.
“It makes all those hours training all year worth it and it’s so nice that it can all come together like this.
“This was a game we expected to win. Against the Koreans, they are a world class team so to beat them was a mega achievement.”
The 31-year-old Langridge, from Epsom, added: “The Koreans were one of the best pairs in the world, but we’ve played them three times and won three times so we’re just one of those bogey pairs.
“Then against the Poles, they’re an awkward pair to play and we had so much pressure on us, but we’re so pleased to get through it and do so in a mature way.
“I was a bit nervous in the first set but Marcus pulled us through, then I started to relax and it showed even though we were 11-8 down.
“It just flowed better and we’re so, so pleased to make the quarter-finals.
“If Marcus and I put the hard work in we can achieve great things. It was great to play in front of a crowd and see so many GB flags.
“You can really feel the atmosphere and it’s been an unbelievably three days.”