English National Badminton Championships   05-07 Feb 2010  

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Clark chases special
English Nationals record

ANTHONY CLARK is bidding to rewrite the record books when he tackles the English National Championships at The Veldorome in Manchester from February 5-7.

Clark and Nathan Robertson, the defending champions, are among a 136-strong entry at these seventh Championships to be staged at The Velodrome.

And Clark is bidding to improve the men's doubles record he shares with Simon Archer of eight consecutive wins.

Of Archer's nine men's doubles titles, he won eight in a row from 1994-2001, six with Chris Hunt and two with Robertson. His ninth title came with Clark in 2005, by which time the Nottinghamshire man had won three times in a row with Robertson.

Clark followed that with two wins with 2006 world silver medal partner Robert Blair and then made it eight in a row with two more wins after teaming up again with Robertson.

Victory next month will put him top of the list for consecutive wins on nine titles ... and his next target would then be Mike Tredgett's total of 10 triumphs. Six of his wins came consecutively with Ray Stevens and that consecutive partnership record was later matched by Archer and Chris Hunt.

Clark is also bidding for a fourth consecutive mixed doubles title. He won three times with Donna Kellogg and will now bid for more glory with new partner Heather Olver.

But Tredgett is the man to beat in mixed doubles with five consecutive wins (1977-81) among his six titles.

However Gillian Gilks is by far the most successful player at the Nationals. She has six consecutive wins among her 12 mixed titles and also claimed the singles title eight times and the women's doubles title seven times between 1968 and 1985.

Kellogg with five in a row has the women's doubles record for consecutive wins among her seven titles and she also won the mixed four times.

In singles Darren Hall won the men's title four times in a row in his record 10 men's singles wins. In women's singles Julia Mann's eight wins included seven in a row.

But Clark will be the man to watch this year as he bids to extend his long-playing record.

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