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South Africa dominate Zone VI championships
- Updated: February 7, 2014
South Africa have returned victorious from the Zone VI table tennis championships in Lusaka, Zambia, writes Mark Etheridge.
The team made a clean sweep of all the medal categories with Terence Mathole and Khanyisile Madlala deserving special mention for being triple champions.
Their recent success as they re-positioned themselves as the country’s top players as well as in Zone VI will stand them in good stead as they prepare for the African Junior & Cadet Championships (Casablanca, Morocco) in early April and the Commonwealth Championships (Glasgow, Scotland) in late July.
Five countries took place at the Zone VI event, these being hosts Zambia as well as Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and South Africa. Two countries, Malawi and Angola, had to withdraw at the last minute due to financial constraints.
SA Table Tennis Board President Mr Joe Carrim said that coach and national coaching vice-president Clement Meyer was pleased with the team’s overall results but admits that the team need to put in a greater effort to increase their fitness levels and spend more time on the tables.
“Zambia, Botswana and Namibia are all getting Chinese coaches so we can expect the going to get tougher when the zone reconvenes in Namibia in December, 2015,” says Carrim.
“But the fact that Terence, Caitlin Lingeveldt and Jade Sassman are all juniors augurs well for the future.”
A training camp has been arranged for the SA squads in the various age categories whereafter those three will jet off to participate in the Swedish Youth Championships.
The full category of medals won by South Africa was:
Men’s and women’s team events
Men’s singles: Terence Mathole ÔÇô Gold; Cody Meyer ÔÇô Silver and Theo CogillÔÇô Bronze
Women’s singles: Khanyisile Madlala ÔÇô Gold; Caitlin Lingeveldt ÔÇô Silver and Jade Sassman ÔÇô Bronze
Men’s Doubles: Mathole and Meyer ÔÇô Gold; Cogill partnered a Botswana player to win Silver
Women’s doubles: Madlala and Lingevledt ÔÇô Gold; Sassman partnered a Botswana player to win Silver
Mixed Doubles: Madlala and Mathole ÔÇô Gold; Meyer and Lingeveldt ÔÇô Silver; and Cogill and Sassman ÔÇô Bronze.