Olympics 2016

Scott Evans strips off again despite Olympics defeat

Olympics 2016By Sunday World
Scott Evans smiles despite defeat
Scott Evans smiles despite defeat

Dubliner Scott Evans bowed out of the Rio Olympics to world number four Viktor Axelsen in his round of 16 clash, but he put up a spirited performance.

The final scoreline of 21-16, 21-12 flattered the 6ft3" European champion who used his height to impose himself on proceedings.

The first game was very even but Evans began making too many unforced errors in the second game to really threaten a comeback.

Evans did receive boisterous support throughout the contest with the Irish hockey team taking off their tops during the match to echo Evans' celebrations following his two Pool victories.

Evans himself joined in after he suffered the defeat.

The badminton venue in Rio is scarcely a stone's throw from the boxing arena which has proved a graveyard for so many of Ireland's Olympic dreams at the Games. But the exploits of 28 year old Evans has been one of the success stories of the Games from an Irish perspective – despite this loss.

He fashioned two memorable wins – his first in three appearances at the Games – against Germany's Mark Zwiebler and local favourite Ygor de Oliveira in the group stages to become the first ever Irish badminton player to advance to the business end of the tournament.

But this last sixteen match proved a bridge too far for Evans  who has been based in Denmark since moving there as a 17 year to train as a full time professional badmintonplayer.This was his third Olympic appearance and the one he will surely cherish the most.