GOLD COAST, Australia – National badminton champion, Victor Munga Odera, cruised over Tobi Adeoye of Falkland Islands with a 21-13 and 21-14 win in men’s round 64 contest at the ongoing Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Australia on Tuesday morning.
The victory sailed Odera into round 32 where is poised to meet Dennis Coke of Jamaica on Wednesday morning.
Coke walked into round 32 without breaking a sweat after he was lucky to get a bye in his opening match.
“My clash against Adeoye was fairly balanced. I went to the game focused. I’m glad the concentration I had paid off,” Odera told SportPesa News after the conquest.
“I’m still trying to get familiar with the feather shuttle that we are using in this tournament. It requires a lot of patience for the shots to head to the direction you want,” Odera underlined.
As Odera was basking in his achievement, things were not rosy for Kenya’s other representative and Africa Games bronze medalist, Mercy Joseph, who was forced to hand a walkover to Camille Allisen of Seychelles in women’s round 64.
“Mercy got injured in training yesterday. She twisted her ankle. So she could not play today,” explained Odera.
Joseph’s predicament affected the country’s entry in the mixed-doubles as Odera had no partner to compete with. The two had no option but to hand a walk-over to Scotland duo of Alexander Dunn and Eleanor O’Donnell.
“When you withdraw from one event, you are automatically withdrawn from the other remaining ones. We had no option but to forgo the mixed-doubles entry after Joseph had given out a walkover, “Odera underlined.
Kenya had a rough ride in most of the disciplines on the seventh day of the championships. It was a bad start in table tennis as Sejal Thakkar lost 4-0 (5-11,6-11,9-11 and 4-11) to Elodie Ho Wan Kau of Mauritius in her opening match in women’s singles.
Same fate befell Brian Mutua who was beaten 4-2 (9-11,10-12,13-11,10-12,11-2 and 10-12) by Kristian Doughty of Barbados in men’s singles.
Ann Wacuka clocked 56.63 to finish last in women’s S8 50m freestyle swimming as Khaaliqa Nimji and Hardeep Reel beaten 2-0 by Tesni Evans and Peter Creed of Wales in pool C of squash mixed doubles.
Celebrated cyclist, David Kinjah, clocked 54:35.62 to finish 28th overall in men’s individual time trial that had 56 contestants.
Cephas Kimwaki was defeated 21-10 by Shanon McIlroy of New Zealand and 21-5 by Arun Kumar of Fiji in men’s lawn bowls singles.
Gurupreet Dhanjal fired 600.6 points to rank 26th out of 32 in men’s 50m rifle prone qualification that had the first top eight finishers booking a berth in the final.
Kenya’s hope in boxing was smoked out when Shaffi Hassan Bakari suffered a shock defeat against Juma Miiro of Uganda who won the men’s light fly fight 3-2 (28-29,29-27,29-27,28-29,28-29).