Gullaume is national Badminton champion

Yanicke Gullaume with Rakesh Nair after the final game

 Belgian Yanicke Gullaume needed only two sets to win the innagural Kerala Hunters badminton tournament held at Utexrwa in Gikondo.

The Belgian overcame a spirited Rakesh Nair 21-14, 21-18 in a two hour game.

Gullaume took an unprecedented eight love lead in the opening set to eventually run off with a ten point margin as crowd favourite Rakesh struggled to keep up with his silkness and speed.

Rakeesh came out stronger in the second set as he tried to force a tie breaking third set taking his first lead of the game at 14-13.

With the lead exchanging hands in the early exchanges, Gullame eventually pulled awat at 18 all to serve for the match at 20-18.

He made no mistake at game point despite coming through a hard fought marathon for the tournament decider as Rakeesh put on a spirited challenge.

Gullaume had earlier defeated Kazim Patel as Rwanda’s sole representative Arnold Kwizera was ejected in the semi-finals by Rakeesh.

The tournament was organized by Kerala Hunters cricket club and sponsored by Britania and Utexrwa industries.