The women’s quarter-finals kicked off today at the 15,000-seater Dakar Arena. Every bout from here on in is bound to be highly contested, as the Olympic places get closer.
The first seed, Keamogetse Sadie KENOSI of Botswana, won 5-0 on points in a powerful bout against her Algerian rival, Fatima SENOUCI, who cleared her first round but just didn’t have enough strength today.
One of the unmissable bouts of the day featured the 2019 All-Africa Games winner, Khouloud Hlimi Ep MOULAHI (TUN), who was too strong for Ramla ALI (SOM) – a London-based boxer and model managed by British heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua. The Tunisian came out on top with a 4-1 win.
There was a surprising loss in the afternoon for Camara Marine FATOUMATA (MLI) – seeded number 3 in this category, as the 2019 African silver medallist couldn’t find a way past Marcelat MATSHU (COD).
The number 1-seeded welterweight, Oumayma BEL AHBIB (MAR), was far too good for Bernadette KEUYE (CMR), running out with a comfortable points victory, while Helena Panguana ACINDA of Mozambique made light work of her Ivorian opponent, Sedja SANOGO, in a 5-0 win.
Emily Tinah NAKALEMA (TUN) – competing for her country for the first time – didn’t make the dream debut she’d hoped for, losing out to a solid performance by number 3-seeded, Ivanusa Gomes MOREIRA (CPV).
One of the most prominent female African boxers, Khadija EL-MARDI (MAR), who won the bronze medal at the 2019 Women’s World Boxing Championships in Russia, will proceed to the semi-finals after besting her opponent, Clotilde ESSIANE (CMR), in Ring A in the afternoon. At the same time over in Ring B, the number 2 seed, Rady Adosinda GRAMANE (MOZ), beat Elizabeth ANDIEGO (KEN) via an RSC (Referee Stops the Contest) decision in round 2.
Preliminaries Continue for the Men
In the Men’s Featherweight, the number 1 seed – 26 year-old Olympian Mohamed HAMOUT of Morocco, defeated Nathan Lunata NKOSI of DR Congo with an easy 5-0 win. The professional boxer and African Games bronze medallist, Pedro Manuel GOMES (ANG), scored a points victory in a brilliant fight against the number 3 seed, Oussama MORDJANE (ALG), in what was the 99th bout of the qualifiers and the first fight of the evening session.
The 100th bout also took place in Ring B in the evening, and went in favour of the Kenyan, Nicholas Okongo AKOTH, who defeated the Egyptian, Mostafa Mohamed KOSMAN, with a 4-1 victory.
As the action hots up, everybody around the Dakar Arena is getting ready for tomorrow’s quarter-finals, which will see events in no fewer than eight weight categories: the Women’s Fly will take place alongside seven in the Men’s – the Fly, Light, Middle, Feather, Heavy, Light Heavy and Super Heavy.
You can find all the other results from day 5 here.
Follow the event live
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.