|Birth name||Chloe Magee|
29 November 1988 |
|Tournaments played||2008 Summer Olympics
2012 Summer Olympics
|Current ranking||44 (July 2012)|
Chloe Magee (born 29 November 1988 in Raphoe, County Donegal) is an Irish professional badminton player. At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, she became the first ever Irish woman to win a badminton match at the Olympics. She has been described as "the poster girl for Irish badminton".
In 2007, Magee won the women's doubles title at the Irish International Championships in Lisburn. Competing alongside Huang Bing, the pair beat second seeds Eva Lee and Mesinee Mangkalakiri of the United States 21–15, 9–21, 21–11 in the final.
2008 Summer Olympics
Magee competed for Ireland at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China at the age of 19. She became the first ever Irish woman to win a badminton match at the Olympics, beating Estonian Kati Tolmoff by a score of 18–21, 21–18, 21–19 in the first round of the women's singles. She was eliminated after losing her second round match 12–21, 14–21 to world number eleven Jun Jae-youn of South Korea. "I have loads to improve on and I will take away a lot from this," Magee said after the match.
2012 Summer Olympics
Magee, ranked 44th in the world, qualified for the women's singles at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London as the 26 ranked player on the list of participants. She was one of two Irish badminton players at the Games; Scott Evans competed in the men's singles. Magee and her brother Sam, ranked 40th in the world as a pairing, were third reserves for the mixed doubles event.
In July 2012, Magee reached the final of the White Nights pre-Olympic tournament held in Russia. She beat Slovakian Monika Fasungova, 21–17, 20–22, 21–5, in the quarter-finals and Russia's Romina Gabdullina, 21–15, 17–21, 21–15, in the semi-finals but finished runner-up after losing to Poland's Kamila Augustyn, 21–19, 14–21, 14–21, despite having a 10–6 lead in the final set.
A slight schedule change led to Magee starting her 2012 Olympic campaign against Egypt's Hadia Hosny at 20.17 (29 July) and France's Hongyan Pi at 20.32 (30 July).
Bill O'Herlihy sparked controversy while covering Chloe Magee's progress at the 2012 Summer Olympics by suggesting badminton was “a mainly Protestant sport”. RTÉ confirmed it received complaints about O'Herlihy's sectarian remarks on live television. The remarks prompted Magee to inform Highland Radio: "We need to remember what the Olympics is all about. I don't think it is any different from any other sport. There are people here from all over the world and from many different religions."
She lost 16-21, 21-18, 21-14, to Hongyan Pi and exited the 2012 Summer Olympics.
In December 2012, Magee reached the final of the Turkish Open.
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