The final sixteen African quota were finalized today at the conclusion of the Road to Tokyo African Boxing Olympic Qualifiers. The two highest ranked athletes in the women’s lightweight and women’s middleweight and the three highest ranked athletes in the men’s featherweight, men’s welterweight, men’s light heavyweight and women’s flyweight all qualified to the Olympics. The Road to Tokyo African Boxing Olympic Qualifiers was held in Dakar, Senegal from February 20th to February 29th 2020.
Morocco added two more gold medals to its collection with victories by Rabab Cheddar in the women’s flyweight and Khadija El-Mardi in the women’s middleweight. The nation also obtained a quota in the men’s light heavyweight (Mohamed Assaghir). Algeria also obtained three more quotas today which included a victory in the women’s lightweight by Imane Khelif and by finishing runner-up in the women’s flyweight (Roumaysa Boualam) and men’s light heavyweight (Mohammed Houmri).
The other events were won by Cameroon’s Albert Mengue in the men’s welterweight, Egypt’s Abdelrahman Oraby in the men’s light heavyweight and Zambia’s Everisto Mulenga in the men’s featherweight. Zambia won a second quota in the men’s welterweight via Stephen Zimba’s second place showing. Kenya also won two quotas in the men’s featherweight (Nick Okoth) and women’s flyweight (Christine Ongare).
The other quotas were won by Ghana (Samuel Takyu, men’s featherweight) Mozambique (Rady Adosinda Gramne, women’s middleweight), Tunisia (Zayani Mariem Homrani, women’s lightweight) and Uganda (Shadiri Bwogi, men’s welterweight).
Unqualified nations will have one more opportunity to qualify to the Olympics via the world qualification tournament. The next continental qualification event is for Asia and Oceania, set to be held in march.