Jacob Kao and Muhammad Kamaruddin starred as the McMaster Marauders came away from Ontario University Athletics Badminton Championships with team bronze Sunday (March 22).
A second-year Marauder, Kao won all 14 of his matches over the course of the three-day event, sweeping his way through both the singles and doubles brackets. He outlasted Western’s Jack Hall to win the singles title in three sets (21-12, 9-21, 21-16) and followed that by teaming with Muhammad Kamaruddin to defeat the Waterloo combo of Clarence Chan and Wesley Marr in three sets (21-19, 17-21, 21-19) for doubles gold.
Kamaruddin also lent his talents to the mixed doubles field, where he and teammate Sashini Senarath finished fourth after a bronze-medal defeat to the Ottawa duo of Kevin Tseng and Sarah Bowman.
The combo of Kao and Kamaruddin were recognized for their stellar weekends, as Kao was named OUA Men’s Most Valuable Player while Kamaruddin took home OUA Male Rookie of the Year honours. The two were both named to the OUA All-Star Team at the tournament’s conclusion.