The African Boxing Road to Tokyo came to an end on the ninth day of the qualification event in the Senegalese capital of Dakar. At its conclusion, 14 nations had shared 33 quota places for this summer’s Games in Tokyo; 22 men across eight weight categories and 11 women across five categories.
First in the ring was the box-off in the Women’s Fly, where Kenya’s Christine ONGARE powered to a 5-0 victory against Uganda’s Catherine NANZIRI to win a bronze medal and her ticket to Tokyo. Another box-off took place in the Men’s Feather, where Samuel TAKYI became the second boxer to qualify from Ghana after Sulemanu T’s victory the previous day. Another Ghanaian – Jessie LARTEY – was unable to make it three quota places for the country though; he was beaten by Uganda’s Shadiri BWOGI in the Men’s Welter box-off. The fourth and final box-off took place in the Men’s Light Heavy, where Moroccan Mohamed ASSAGHIR won his bout against yet another Ghanaian, Shakul SAMED.
There were six finals with gold medals up for grabs in the afternoon session. Rabab CHEDDAR and Khadija MARDI (Morocco) and Imane KHELIF (Algeria) all won their final bouts by a 5-0 scoreline. In the Men’s Featherweight, Zambia’s Everisto MULENGA won 4-1 against Kenya’s Nicholas OKOTH, while in the Welter, another Zambian, Stephen ZIMBA, lost by the same score against Cameroon’s Albert MENGUE. Egyptian Abdelrahman ORABI won a gold medal thanks to a walkover decision against Algeria’s Mohammed HOUMRI.
And that marks the end of the action in Africa, with the boxers now able to reflect on their victories and start preparing for Tokyo. The Boxing Road to Tokyo doesn’t stop here though; we go straight to the historical and culturally rich capital of Amman in Jordan, where the Asia & Oceania Olympic Boxing Qualifiers begin on Tuesday 3 March.
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