We’re approaching the final phases of this first Boxing Olympic Qualifier, as all of today’s action took place in one ring and in a single afternoon session. African athletes competed in the Women’s Feather (54 – 57kg) and Welter (64 – 69kg), and the Men’s Fly (48 – 52kg), Light (57 – 63kg), Middle (69 – 75kg), Heavy (81 – 91kg) and Super Heavy (+91kg), facing their last bouts before the all-important preparations for Tokyo.
After yesterday’s rest day, the first boxers to get back in the ring were Featherweight (54 – 57kg) number one and two seeds, Sadie KENOSI (BOT) and Khouloud MOULAHI (TUN). Kenosi was the first boxer to win a quota place in these qualifiers two days ago, but today it was Moulahi who prevailed and consequently won the day’s first gold medal. Another encounter between the top two seeds came in the Women’s Welter, where Morocco’s Oumayma BEL AHBIB struck gold by defeating Mozambique’s Helena PANGUANA.
Two Algerians won gold today: Mohamed FLISSI (Men’s Fly), who beat Zambia’s Patrick CHINYEMBA 3:2, and Younes NEMOUCHI (Men’s Middle), who scored an easier 4-1 victory over DR Congo’s David TSHAMA. Namibia’s Lightweight boxer, Jonas JONAS won gold with the same score against Mauritius’s 2011 All-Africa champion, Richarno COLIN. Maxime YEGNONG (CMR) was the victor in his Super Heavy bout; and Youness BAALLA of Morocco also won gold today, thanks to a walkover.
Today’s programme also included three box-offs for the Men’s Fly, Men’s Light and Men’s Middle to confirm the bronze medallists, but even more importantly, to award the day’s three quota places for Tokyo 2020.
Ghana’s Sulemanu TETTEH was one of the three quota place winners. When Ghana competed at the Tokyo Olympics in 1964, its only medal at the Games was a bronze and was won by a boxer – Eddie Blay. Tetteh will now be dreaming of equalling or bettering Blay’s success when the Games return to the Japanese capital this summer.
Morocco won its fifth quota place from these qualifiers as Abdelhaq NADIR claimed a 4-1 victory over DR Congo’s Fiston MBAYA in the Men’s Light, while the Cameroonian, Wilfried NTSENGUE, won a bronze medal and his ticket to Tokyo by defeating Uganda’s Kavuma SSEMUJJU 3-2.
Tomorrow will be the final chance for African boxers to qualify for Tokyo, with four quota places up for grabs. Bouts in the Women’s Fly, Men’s Feather, Men’s Welter and Men’s Light Heavy will all take place.
You can find all the other results from day 8 here
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The session schedules for each of the events can be found here.