The Boxing Road to Tokyo African Qualifier, currently being held in Dakar, Senegal, continued today with the Preliminaries for Women’s Featherweight (54 – 57kg) and Men’s Lightweight (57 – 63kg).
On Ring A, the first fight was between two first-timers and it was a quick victory for Fatima Zahra SENOUCI (ALG) who defeated Madagascar’s Marie Madele RASOARINORO EP RALISON in round 2, via an RSC (Referee Stops the Contest).
On Ring B, Beatrice Akoth OUMA (KEN) prevailed over her opponent Ramla Said Ahmed ALI (SOM) with a 5:0 victory. Not long after, Marcelat SAKOBI MATSHU (COD) beat Suzan AKELLO from Uganda by the same points margin to close the Women’s Featherweight fights for the day.
The day’s first triumph in the Men’s Lightweight came in Ring B and went to the Tanzanian boxer Alex Michael ISENDI who beat Almnsori Mahamed Hafith FARHAT from Libya winning 5:0. It was the same result for Guinea’s Diallo Ibrahima BEA JR, who was victorious over Diosdado BODDIEN EVITA, representing the small Central African country of Equatorial Guinea.
Back on Ring A, it was an easy victory for Uganda’s Yasin ADNAN over Abrham ALEM GEBREMARIAM from Ethiopia; Adnan winning in Round 2 with another RSC decision. After them, the crowd witnessed three more 5:0 wins: Clinton Farlo NDJINGA (GAB) bested his opponent, Sabry GAMAL KAMEL MERDASH (EGY), Qhobosheane MOHLEREPE (LES) triumphed against Jorgito CA (GBS) in the blue corner and to conclude, Omar ABDUL WAHIB from Ghana prevailed over the Kenyan, Joseph SHIGALI.
And on Ring B, the last two fights of the day saw the 36 year old Senegalese Matar SAMBOU surrender to the power of Algerian boxer, Abdelli YAHIA, while the youthful Ben Haj Aouina AKREM (TUN) defeated Steve MINKO NSA’AMANG in the red corner with a 5:0 win.
The African Olympic Qualifying Event sees 198 athletes from 38 countries competing in 13 weight categories, with 33 Olympic Quota Places up for grabs. Tomorrow, Day 3 will start off with the Preliminaries for Men’s Feather (52 – 57kg), Men’s Welter (63 – 69kg), Men’s Heavy (81 – 91kg) and Men’s Super-Heavy (+91kg).
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The event will be broadcast live on the Olympic Channel. In addition to live streaming with commentary in English and French, highlights and news, the Olympic Channel will present a live studio show prior to the quarter-final, semi-final and final matches of each event.
News, photos and results will be posted online on the Athlete365 Boxing Corner platform at boxing.athlete365.org, while fans can join the conversation online using the hashtag #Boxing.
The session schedules for each of the events can be found here.