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For the third time in his career, Viktor Axelsen can call himself European champion in badminton.
In Saturday’s European Championship final, he was clearly the strongest in the duel against compatriot Anders Antonsen, and the showdown ended 21-17, 21-15 in Axelsen’s favor.
Fynboen got rid of the tension midway through both sets and won the race in about 43 minutes.
Thus, he is European champion for the first time since 2018. He also won the European Championship title in 2016.
The two Danes should also have met each other in last year’s European Championship final, but that match did not turn out to be anything. Before the final, Axelsen was diagnosed with coronavirus, and therefore he could not attend the compatriots’ meeting.
He got that revenge to that extent in Saturday’s match in Madrid.
Axelsen was the first to create a small hole when he took the lead with 8-4 in the first set, and even though the distance was reduced to a single point several times, Antonsen never reached lap height in the set.
Fynboen snatched the first set when Antonsen sent the shuttlecock off the field.
Several times the match was briefly interrupted when a flash from the stands disturbed the players. The match breaks were a nuisance for both players, but did not seem to affect the outcome of the match.
The second set was also equal for a start, but again Axelsen withdrew in the last half of the set. Axelsen covered the pitch better, attacked with greater force and made fewer mistakes than his Aarhus opponent.
In addition to the prestige of winning the European Championship over his colleague and competitor, Axelsen can also boast of now leading 5-3 in his mutual statistics against Antonsen.
Denmark is not represented in the European Championship finals in other categories.
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