- Double gold for Venter as SA medal count reaches 59
- Winning start for Ellis as Banyana beat Egypt
- Skhosana’s promise to take SA even further forward
- It’s 50 medals for SA at African Championships
- Top-ranked Williams does the double
- Championship records for Brown and relay team
- Gobel grabs share of the lead at Kyalami
- Interim coach Ellis looks to take Banyana even further
- Opening round of 70 puts Williams in front
- Big medal haul for SA at Junior Commonwealth Games
Youngsters go down to Thailand at World Juniors
- Updated: April 8, 2014
Our badminton side have gone down to Thailand at the World Junior Championships taking place in Malaysia, writes Mark Etheridge.
It was, as expected, a comprehensive victory for Thailand as they won 5-0.
The defeat again highlights the difference between the Far East countries and the rest of the world.
Thailand are ranked sixth in the world compared to South Africa’s 24th.
In only one game did South Africa achieve double figures and that was in the men’s doubles as Bongani von Bodenstein and Michael Jennings got double figures in their 21-10 and 21-11 defeat to Jomkoh and Thaptimdong and then when┬á Von Bodenstein teamed up with Anri Schoonees in the mixed doubles, going down 21-13 and 21-3 to Viryankgura and Chochuwong.
Said national coach and manager/coach at the 2012 Olympics, Stewart Carson: “Although we lost to Thailand, our players are getting better with every match, all of them are giving 100% which is great to see. We play Netherlands tomorrow so we will be fielding our strongest team.ÔÇØ
Tuesday sees the last of the pool games. South Africa lost to Russia in their opening game.