By Oladapo Okeowo
Svetlana Zilberman and her son, Misha have won the mixed doubles event at the just-concluded Lagos International Badminton Classics.
The Israeli internationals beat Portugal’s Duarte Anjo and Sofia Setim of Portugal, 20-22, 21-16 and 21-7, to achieve this historic feat.
An overjoyed Svetlana described the tournament as a fine outing “for me and my son who I brought up to love badminton before he developed into an international champion in the men’s singles.”
“We are happy to win the mixed doubles together again in Lagos, just like we did in other competitions but not as big as the just-concluded international classics.
“We look forward to coming in subsequent editions to defend our title, as it gives us great joy when we play together as a pair, especially having set an international record,’’ she said.
In other final matches decided on Saturday, Thilini Hendahewa and Kavidi Ishadika of Sri Lanka beat Nigeria’s Zainab Momoh and Ramatu Yakubu, 14-21, 21-18 and 21-15 to clinch the women’s doubles.
The winner of the men and women’s singles went home with $2,200 each, while the second place winners got $1,500 and the second runners-up $650 each.
The doubles and mixed doubles winners received $725 each, while the runners-up and the second runners-up got $400 and $175, respectively.
Francis Orbih, the President, Badminton Federation of Nigeria (BFN), told reporters that the event would continue to grow and soon, national competitions would hold to prepare home grown talents.