Vietnamese Badminton Player Wins Championship in Africa, Nears Olympic Paris Slot

Le Duc Phat Wins Men’s Singles at Uganda International Challenge 2024, Continues Pursuit for Olympic Paris Slot

On the evening of February 25th, badminton player Le Duc Phat played in the men’s singles final of the Uganda International Challenge 2024 against India’s Raghu Mariswamy (ranked 139th in the world).

Despite a challenging start in the first set, trailing 1-9 against a lower-ranked opponent, Phat (ranked 86th in the world) staged an impressive comeback to win 21-18. In the second set, Phat played with greater focus, pulling ahead to secure a 21-14 victory following a mistake from Mariswamy.

Claiming the Uganda International Challenge 2024 title after nearly 40 minutes of play in the final, Le Duc Phat earned an additional 4000 points on the world ranking. These points boost his chances of qualifying for the men’s singles event at the Paris 2024 Olympics.

According to the regulations of the Badminton World Federation, the top 33 players on the world ranking, along with 5 players receiving wildcard entries, will participate in the men’s singles event at the Paris 2024 Olympics.

However, each country is limited to a maximum of two players, so even if outside the top 80 worldwide, Le Duc Phat still has a chance to secure a spot for the upcoming Summer Games in France with additional points in the coming period.

The official list of athletes qualified for the badminton events at the Paris Olympics will be announced on May 1, 2024.

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