Their 21-15 21-7 defeat by top seeds Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei in the final meant China took all five World Championship titles for the second year running. But having toppled the 15th, fourth and second seeds on their way to the final, the British pair can be proud of their silver medal and are sure to see a significant boost in their world rankings.
Adcock said: 'It was amazingly tough. We haven’t performed as we had in the last couple of days but it’s mostly down to them. They are No. 1 for a reason. I don’t think we lost focus. It’s a world final and they had the experience. It’s disappointing to end on a game like that. We came in with high hopes but we have a silver medal around our necks.'
Bankier added: 'They stepped up their game and are very experienced, winning many titles. On the day they were better than us. But to play in Wembley and have this many games is really good for our confidence, especially when we look back and reflect.
'Today the atmosphere was electric. Hopefully all the GB players will up their training and it will be a good Olympic year. We hope to go one better next year. It’s a silver medal gained and a stepping stone to next year.'