Huddersfield’s Marcus Ellis is into the Olympic badminton semi-finals.
The 26-year-old from Bolster Moor is partnering Chris Langridge for Team GB in the men’s doubles .
And they are into the last four after thrilling performance to beat Japan duo Hiroyuki Endo and Kenichi Hayakawa 21-19 21-17.
It was a remarkable show of grit as the British pair are ranked just No22 in the world, while the Japanese are No8.
“I can’t believe it,” said Ellis, who collapsed to his knees in celebration when the final shuttle from the Japanese dropped out.
“We’ve had some tough matches and to come out on top just makes me lost for words.
“It’s beyond what we could have expected.”
Langridge, from Epsom, added: “Without trying to sound too cheesy, we are not the most gifted and we are not the quickest, but we work hard and we play well together.
“This is about two guys giving everything and that’s what we’ll do at the next stage – we won’t leave anything on the court.”
The GB duo will now face the Chinese pairing of Fu and Zhang, who are No4 in the world. Great Britain have not won a badminton medal at the Games since 2004.
“We will have to play at our very best,” said Ellis.
“It’s overwhelming to be in this situation but we’ll give it everything we’ve got.”