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More gold for doubles aces Viljoen and Malan
- Updated: September 29, 2015
By Mark Etheridge
African Games badminton gold medallists, Wian Viljoen and Andries Malan continued their winning streak in Ethiopia at the weekend.
The doubles combination won the Ethiopia International tournament in Addis Ababa.
Seeeded second for the tournament, they beat top-ranked Turkish duo Emre Vural and Sinan Zorlu in two sets, triumphing 21-10 21-13.
An excited Viljoen told Road to Rio 2016 on his return: ‘This was a tournament which was very important for us, for Olympic qualification points!
‘The win meant a lot because we won 2500 points which is exactly the average per tournament we need to stay in the running.
‘Our world ranking, with the points we won at African Games, will climb a lot so that’s very positive.
Only other South African in action was another Games gold medallist, Jacob Maliekal.
He was in the singles draw, and seeded fourth, went out to top seed Misha Zilberman of Israel, losing 21-10 21-13.