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South Africa, Mauritius win All Africa Games badminton gold medals

BRAZZAVILLE, (Xinhua) -- South Africa’s Jacob Maliekal and Kate Foo Kune (Mauritius) are the gold medal winners of the 2015 All Africa Games for men and women’s singles respectively.

Maliekal who won gold at the 2011 Games in Maputo, Mozambique dispatched his fellow countryman on Prakash Vijayanath on Wednesday 21-17, 21-17.

“It feels really good to win a second straight gold medal in the All Africa Games,” the South African told Xinhua.

Vijayanath who upset Africa’s top seed and the 2011 Games silver medalist Edwin Ekiring from Uganda at the semi-final stage failed to match his opponent’s speed.

“I’m happy that I have still managed to win silver,” said Vijayanath who is ranked third in Africa.

There was a major upset in the women’s singles when Kune stopped Gabriel Grace 21-16, 21-19 to win gold.

The Nigerian who is top ranked in Africa and won the 2011 Games gold failed to get the right strategy to stop her opponent who played a highly attacking game.

Kune settled for a silver medal in the women’s doubles when she paired with Yeldy Marie Louison to suffer defeat to the Seychelles pair of Juliette Ah-Wan and Allisen Camille 20-22, 21-18, 14-21.

South Africa also won both the gold and silver medals in the mixed doubles with Andries Malan and Jennifer Fry stopping Willem Viljoen/ Michelle Butler-Emmett 21-17, 23-21.

Malan picked another gold medal when he played alongside Willem Viljoen to beat the Egyptian pair of Ali Ahmed El Khateeb and Abdelrahman Kashkal 21-10, 21-13.

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