Badminton star Robertson retires

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Rushden-based Nathan Robertson, widely regarded as Britain’s greatest-ever badminton player, has announced his retirement.

The 35-year-old, an Olympic silver medallist alongside Gail Emms eight years ago, has made the decision following his failure to qualify for London 2012.

He revealed the news on his Twitter account.

Robertson wrote: “So I can now officially say. I AM RETIRED....Thank you to everyone who supported and helped me throughout my entire career.

“The truly special people already know how thankful and respectful I am of them. I leave with great memories and even better friendships.

“I now look forward to a summer of rest and retirement celebration,”