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They may not have got any medals but the six-strong South African table tennis contingent brings back heaps of experience after finishing sixth at the All Africa Games in Maputo, writes Mark Etheridge.

The team had medal hopes in the men’s competition but ended up in the quarter-finals, one stage away from the medals.

Said team manager Audrey MacDonald: “This was the biggest entry ever at All Africa Games ÔÇô from 26 countries so the competition was really tough.

“They used a slightly different format for the Games meaning you didn’t get a second crack at a medal which was maybe a bit of a disadvantage.

‘All our guys got to the last stages, we had two players in the last 32 while Shane Overmeyer made the last 16 so it was great to get the guys some more international experience against the continent’s top players.”

Team coach Clement Meyer said there were high hopes for Khanyisile Madlala, one of two girls in the side (Vivian Jackson was the other).

“She was very unlucky to play top seeded Nigerian Eden Offiong in the second round and despite going down she gave her a tough game.

“So it’s disappointing to not get any medals but the fact of the matter is that we only lost two games but ended sixth, and the men’s doubles competition was extremely close.’


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