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Robertson to retire as London calls for duo; BADMINTON.

CHRIS ADCOCK and Imogen Bankier will represent Great Britain in the mixed doubles at London 2012, the British Olympic Association have announced.

The World Championships silver medallists were widely expected to have their places confirmed after finishing the Olympic qualification period ranked 10th in the world.

Their selection means there will be no place for 2004 Olympic silver medallist Nathan Robertson and his new partner Jenny Wallwork, who were 17th when qualifying ended.

With the BOA ratifying Badminton England's policy to pick on world rankings, Robertson, 35 yesterday, will have been expecting the news.

Yet it will still come as a disappointment for the Nottinghamshire player, who is widely regarded as one of the country's greatest ever players.

Having aimed to end his career on a high with a final shot at Olympic gold on home soil, Robertson, whose most famous achievements came in partnership with Gail Emms, is now expected to confirm his retirement.

Britain will have two other places at this summer's Games in the capital.

Londoner Rajiv Ouseph will play in the men's singles while Scotland's Susan Egelstaff, ranked 36th at the end of qualifying, was picked ahead of Jersey's Elizabeth Cann in the women's singles.

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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:May 31, 2012
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