Christopher Langridge
Yonex IFB 2013 - Eightfinal - Chan Peng Soon - Goh Liu Ying — Chris Langridge - Heather Olver 21.jpg
Chris Langridge in 2013
Personal information
Birth nameChristopher Phillip Langridge
CountryEngland
Born (1985-05-02) 2 May 1985 (age 36)
Epsom, Surrey, England
Height1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight73 kg (161 lb)
HandednessRight
CoachPeter Jeffrey
Men's and mixed doubles
Highest ranking11 (MD with Marcus Ellis 4 May 2021)
15 (XD with Heather Olver 13 March 2014)
Current ranking14 (MD with Marcus Ellis 12 April 2022)
BWF profile

Christopher Phillip Langridge (born 2 May 1985) is a British badminton player.[1] He competed for England at the 2014 Commonwealth Games where he won three medals. He represented Great Britain at the 2016 Summer Olympics, and won a bronze medal in the men's doubles, partnered with Marcus Ellis.[2] They also won gold medals at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and 2019 European Games.

Early life and education

Chris Langridge was born on 2 May 1985 in Epsom, Surrey.[1]

Langridge was educated at Therfield School, a state comprehensive school in the town of Leatherhead in Surrey in southern England. The school were twice National Schools champions. Langridge was introduced to badminton when he was ten by his teacher Jackie Cunningham who was a badminton coach of the county, and within 18 months at the age of twelve he made the England team.[3] He also played tennis for the South East region, and he was a football player as well as a 100-metre and 200-metre runner.[4]

Career

Langridge teamed up with a number of players in the doubles, for example with Peter Mills in the men's doubles, and starting in 2012 with Heather Olver in the mixed doubles.[5] Langridge won three medals at the 2014 Commonwealth Games – a silver in the mixed doubles with Olver, a bronze in the men's doubles with Mills, as well as a silver in the mixed team match.[6][7] By 2013, he has won three gold medals at the English National Badminton Championships in the men's doubles (with Nathan Robertson in 2011 and Mills 2013) and mixed doubles (with Olver in 2013).[8]

In September 2014, he teamed up with Marcus Ellis. They won the men's doubles title in the English National Badminton Championships in both 2015 and 2016.[9] They won a bronze in the 2016 European Championships in La Roche-sur-Yon.[10] They have also won medals in the European Team Championships with a silver in the Mixed Team in 2015,[11] and a bronze medal in the Men's Team in 2016.[12]

At the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, despite ranking only No. 22 in the world, Ellis and Langridge managed to win a bronze, the first Olympic medal in badminton men's doubles won by a British team.[13]

At the 2018 Commonwealth Games held on the Gold Coast, Australia, Langridge won a gold in the men's doubles with Marcus Ellis, which is England's first men's badminton double title at the Games in 40 years.[14] He also won a bronze in the mixed team event.[15][16]

Langridge qualified to represent Great Britain at the 2019 European Games, played in the men's doubles with Marcus Ellis. Competed as the second seed, they managed to claim the gold medal after beat the top seed from Denmark Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen in straight games 21–17, 21–10.[17]

In October 2020, Langridge and Marcus Ellis won the men's doubles title at the 2020 Denmark Open, became the first English men's doubles pair in 45 years to win the Denmark Open.[18]

Langridge competed at the 2021 European Championships in Kyiv, Ukraine, and won a bronze in the men's doubles with Ellis.[19]

After his deselection from the 2020 Olympics, Langridge retired from international competition. He later became a coach for the French Badminton Team, in 2022.[20]

Personal life

Langridge is married to Emma Page.[21]

Achievements

Olympic Games

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2016 Riocentro - Pavilion 4, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil United Kingdom Marcus Ellis China Chai Biao
China Hong Wei
21–18, 19–21, 21–10
Bronze medal.svg
Bronze

Commonwealth Games

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2014 Emirates Arena, Glasgow, Scotland England Peter Mills England Chris Adcock
England Andrew Ellis
21–17, 21–17
Bronze
Bronze
2018 Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre, Gold Coast, Australia England Marcus Ellis India Satwiksairaj Rankireddy
India Chirag Shetty
21–13, 21–16
Gold
Gold

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2014 Emirates Arena, Glasgow, Scotland England Heather Olver England Chris Adcock
England Gabby Adcock
9–21, 12–21
Silver
Silver

European Games

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2019 Falcon Club, Minsk, Belarus United Kingdom Marcus Ellis Denmark Kim Astrup
Denmark Anders Skaarup Rasmussen
21–17, 21–10
Gold
Gold

European Championships

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2016 Vendéspace, La Roche-sur-Yon, France England Marcus Ellis Denmark Mads Conrad-Petersen
Denmark Mads Pieler Kolding
19–21, 14–21
Bronze
Bronze
2021 Palace of Sports, Kyiv, Ukraine England Marcus Ellis Russia Vladimir Ivanov
Russia Ivan Sozonov
15–21, 10–21
Bronze
Bronze

BWF World Tour (4 titles)

The BWF World Tour, which was announced on 19 March 2017 and implemented in 2018,[22] is a series of elite badminton tournaments sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF). The BWF World Tours are divided into levels of World Tour Finals, Super 1000, Super 750, Super 500, Super 300 (part of the HSBC World Tour), and the BWF Tour Super 100.[23]

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Level Partner Opponent Score Result
2018 Canada Open Super 100 England Marcus Ellis Germany Mark Lamsfuß
Germany Marvin Seidel
19–21, 21–18, 22–20 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2018 SaarLorLux Open Super 100 England Marcus Ellis Malaysia Aaron Chia
Malaysia Soh Wooi Yik
21–23, 21–18, 21–19 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2018 Scottish Open Super 100 England Marcus Ellis Denmark David Daugaard
Denmark Frederik Søgaard
23–21, 21–16 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2020 Denmark Open Super 750 England Marcus Ellis Russia Vladimir Ivanov
Russia Ivan Sozonov
20–22, 21–17, 21–18 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner

BWF Grand Prix (3 runners-up)

The BWF Grand Prix had two levels, the BWF Grand Prix and Grand Prix Gold. It was a series of badminton tournaments sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) which was held from 2007 to 2017.

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2012 Bitburger Open England Peter Mills Germany Ingo Kindervater
Germany Johannes Schoettler
15–21, 11–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2013 London Grand Prix Gold England Heather Olver Germany Michael Fuchs
Germany Birgit Michels
19–21, 14–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2013 Scottish Open England Heather Olver Scotland Robert Blair
Scotland Imogen Bankier
16–21, 14–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
  BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament
  BWF Grand Prix tournament

BWF International Challenge/Series (17 titles, 11 runners-up)

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2005 Czech International England Chris Tonks Denmark Anders Kristiansen
Denmark Simon Mollyhus
15–6, 15–11 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2006 Croatian International England Chris Tonks England Ian Palethorpe
England Kristian Roebuck
23–21, 15–21, 22–20 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2006 Slovak International England David Lindley England Dean George
England Chris Tonks
21–12, 21–11 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2008 Scotland International England David Lindley England Richard Eidestedt
England Andrew Ellis
19–21, 21–16, 16–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2009 Swedish International England David Lindley Japan Naoki Kawamae
Japan Shoji Sato
21–15, 14–21, 17–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2009 Spanish Open England Dean George Denmark Rasmus Bonde
Denmark Mikkel Delbo Larsen
24–26, 21–23 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2009 Le Volant d'Or de Toulouse England Robin Middleton Denmark Rasmus Bonde
Denmark Mikkel Delbo Larsen
21–11, 21–19 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2009 Scotland International England Robin Middleton Denmark Mads Conrad-Petersen
Denmark Mads Pieler Kolding
21–19, 24–26, 11–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2010 Swedish International England Robin Middleton Denmark Mikkel Elbjorn
Denmark Christian John Skovgaard
21–11, 21–18 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2010 Czech International England Robin Middleton England Marcus Ellis
England Peter Mills
21–9, 21–19 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2010 Irish International England Anthony Clark England Chris Adcock
England Andrew Ellis
13–21, 16–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2010 Italian International England Anthony Clark Russia Vladimir Ivanov
Russia Ivan Sozonov
21–14, 21–19 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2011 Austrian International England Anthony Clark Japan Hiroyuki Saeki
Japan Ryota Taohata
21–15, 21–16 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2012 Czech International England Peter Mills England Peter Briggs
England Harley Towler
21–14, 21–16 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2013 Belgian International England Peter Mills Denmark Kim Astrup
Denmark Anders Skaarup Rasmussen
18–21, 21–9, 15–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2014 Italian International England Marcus Ellis Germany Michael Fuchs
Germany Johannes Schoettler
21–11, 21–19 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2015 White Nights England Marcus Ellis Malaysia Koo Kien Keat
Malaysia Tan Boon Heong
10–21, 12–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2015 Welsh International England Marcus Ellis Poland Adam Cwalina
Poland Przemysław Wacha
21–16, 16–21, 21–16 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2016 Austrian Open England Marcus Ellis Japan Kenya Mitsuhashi
Japan Yuta Watanabe
21–14, 21–16 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2017 Yonex / K&D Graphics International England Marcus Ellis Chinese Taipei Lu Chia-hung
Chinese Taipei Lu Chia-pin
21–14, 21–17 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2019 Azerbaijan International England Marcus Ellis Germany Mark Lamsfuß
Germany Marvin Seidel
17–21, 21–23 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2019 Kharkiv International England Marcus Ellis England Ben Lane
England Sean Vendy
19–21, 18–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2006 Croatian International England Jenny Day England Kristian Roebuck
England Jenny Wallwork
21–18, 24–22 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2007 Belgian International England Joanne Nicholas Germany Ingo Kindervater
Germany Kathrin Piotrowski
21–17, 15–21, 25–23 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2012 Belgian International England Heather Olver England Marcus Ellis
England Gabrielle White
21–9, 10–21, 17–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2012 Czech International England Heather Olver England Marcus Ellis
England Gabrielle White
22–20, 6–7 retired 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2012 Welsh International England Heather Olver England Marcus Ellis
England Gabrielle White
22–20, 16–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2013 Welsh International England Heather Olver Russia Vitalij Durkin
Russia Nina Vislova
21–17, 10–21, 21–13 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
  BWF International Challenge tournament
  BWF International Series tournament
  BWF Future Series tournament

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