South African Badminton boasted its continental superiority in Algiers, Morocco during the past week, when its team topped the competing nations’ leader board with eight medals, including the coveted team gold.
SA’s women badminton players contributed to the effort, Michelle Edwards securing gold with new partner Stacey Doubell in the women’s doubles, with Doubell winning the silver medal in the women’s singles event.
Kerry-Lee Harrington and Charne du Preez managed good wins in the singles events, and the combined women’s and men’s team is reported to have secured clean-sheet wins against Botswana, Sudan, Cameroon, Ethiopia and Egypt, only conceding a single lost game to Algeria in the group stages.
After a 3-2 win against Mauritius in the semi-final, SA sealed the tournament with a significant 3-0 win against hosts Algeria in the final.
In the mixed doubles event, Dorian James combined with Michelle Edwards improved on their 2005 bronze medal to take silver in the final.