Badminton: Bronze for Ekiring in All Africa Games – ChimpReports

Badminton: Bronze for Ekiring in All Africa Games

Edwin Ekiring

Uganda and Africa’s current best badminton ace, check Edwin Ekiring has snatched a bronze medal after defeating Niger’s C. Kropakpo in the third place playoffs of the men’s single category at the ongoing All Africa games in Congo Brazaville.

Ekiring had fallen 15/21,   20/22 to losing finalist and South Africa’s Prakash Vijayanat in the semis. The category was won by another South African Jacob Maliekal who took only 25 minutes to win the final with 21-10 and 21-9.

Maliekal now leads the race to Olympics with 7, 394 ahead of second placed Ekiring who has 6,090 points. The South African had earlier on defeated Ekiring 19-21, 22-24.

This year’s medal is Ekiring and Uganda’s third in a row after finishing second and third in 2011 and 2007 respectively

World badminton federation considers this year’s All Africa Games as the Africa’s Continental Championships and will carry ranking points. The Individual Event that carries the ranking points of an International Challenge event compared to earlier editions when it was on par with International Series events.

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