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Mum’s the word for 64-year-old badminton braveheart Svetlana Zilberman as she and her son Misha created history at the world championships recently in Tokyo.
At 25, Belarus-born Svetlana was considered too old to be picked for the Soviet Union’s team for the championships when she was in the prime of her career. Now, almost four decades later, she won a match at the sport’s highest stage and became the competition’s oldest-ever winner of a match when she teamed up with son Misha and won their first-round mixed doubles match recently.
“They said I was old when I was 25 – now I am a young woman,” Svetlana had told AFP then.
The duo defeated Egypt’s Adham Hatem Elgamal and Doha Hany 16-21, 21-18, 21-11.
The next player on the list is almost 20 years younger and Svetlana says she may even be back to try to update her record at next year’s tournament in Copenhagen.
“I’m still not tired from playing, so who knows,” she had said.
The duo bowed out of the championships in the second round with a 21-6, 21-5 loss to Malaysian number eight seeds Tan Kian Meng and Lai Pei Jing….