Huddersfield badminton ace Marcus Ellis kept his cool in Rio to take a step towards the quarter-finals of the Olympic tournament.

After losing their first match in the men’s doubles group stage, Bolster Moor’s Ellis and partner Chris Langridge had to produce the goods against South Korean duo Kim Gi-jung and Kim Sa-rang.

And they came through 17-21, 25-23, 21-18 to put themselves in good shape for their next match, against Poland’s Adam Cwalina and Przemyslaw Wacha.

Ellis, 26, in his first Olympics, said: “We have played them (the South Koreans) twice before and really have had success when we have had to work them and tire them the first set.

“This time it didn’t pan out like that at all, we were well up in the first set and probably should have won. Luckily in the second we managed to fight our way back.

“We knew going into the third that we were going to end on the better side of the court. That was always the plan to end on the better side because it gives us an advantage to the very end.”

Britain's Chris Langridge, front, and Marcus Ellis, celebrate after beating South Korea's Kim Gi-jung and Kim Sa-rang in Rio

Langridge, from Epsom, commented: “Yesterday we were deflated; we knew that we played well we just didn’t quite have it at the end. We started really well then we went really flat but we are obviously absolutely buzzing to win.

“We have never lost to them, that is the third time we have played them and the third time we have beaten them which doesn’t really make sense because there are No.3 in the world and on their day possibly the best pair in the world. I don’t know why but we are probably their bogey men.

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“The second set didn’t feel too bad and then then third set everything went everywhere I was very tense and I was looking at Marcus and he looked pretty cool and I was like ‘what’.

“I think that helped me because I had go to the stage, it sounds silly, where I wanted to win too much. I had gotten a little but overboard.

“I don’t even remember the last really, I think I just stood there and Marcus did everything. We are so pleased because now it puts us back in contention to try and make the quarter-finals and the first step to doing something special.”