Bangi grabs two silvers, bronze in Botswana

KAMPALA.
Shamim Bangi has won two silver and bronze medals in the women and mixed doubles and singles respectively at the Botswana Badminton International.

Bangi who was pairing with Zambian Ogar Siamupangila lost to Elm Me Devilliers and Grace Gabriel 2-1 (21-17, 18-21 and 21-18) in the finals of the women doubles yesterday afternoon.

“It was a good fight though we had what it takes to win the gold but it didn’t happen,” said Bangi. “It was all down to experience, Grace and Devilliers are experienced players and we struggled to cope up with them.”

Bangi and Ogar defeated the Botswana pair of Laone Mosekiemang and Maranyane Tuelo 2-0 (21-10, 21-15) in the first round. They then knocked out Botho Makubate and Tebogo Ndzinge (also from Botswana) in straight sets 21-15, 21-15 at the quarterfinal stage, before defeating Mitchelle Butler and Annari Viljoen 2-1 (21-17, 18-21, 21-18) in the semis.

The Ugandan then teamed up with Hlinican Matej in the mixed doubles but lost to South Africans Williem Viljoen and sister Annari 2-0 (21-14, 21-15).

Bangi and Matej got a bye into the second round were they defeated Godwin Mathumo and Kgalalelo Kegakilwe 2-0 (21-10, 21-15) in the quarters.

Bangi settled for bronze in the singles event after losing to Egyptian Hosny Hadia 2-1 (14-21, 23-21, 21-18) in the semifinals.

The 21-year old had earlier defeated tournament second seed Marie Demy from Germany 2-1 (18-21, 21-13, 21-17) at the quarterfinal.

The other Ugandan at the tournament Edwin Ekiring failed to go past the quarter finals stages of the men’s singles and doubles respectively.

ckyazze@ug.nationmedia.com

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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