Fencing: Three Nations Secure Quotas to Games After African Zonal Qualifier

Algeria won gold in four out of the six events at the African Zonal Qualifiers for the 2020 Olympics. Only unqualified nations were allowed to compete where the winner of each event was given a quota to compete at the games. The African Zonal Qualifiers was held in Cairo, Egypt on April 23rd 2021.

Each event consisted of a pool round where athletes were seeded inta a single elimination bracket. Despite being the top seed in a single event, Algeria was able to qualify four athletes thanks to the seeding upsets of Meriem Mebarki (over Morocco’s Youssra Zakarani 15-10 in women’s foil), Akram Bounabi (over Senegal’s Babacar Keita, 15-11 in men’s sabre) and Kaouther Mohamed Belkebir (over Nigeria’s Blessing Olaode, 15-13 in women’s sabre). The top Algerian seed was Salim Heroui in the men’s foil where he defeated Cape Verde’s Victor Alvares 15-10 in the final.

As for the epee events, the men’s event was won by Egypt’s Mohamed El-Sayed whom defeated Mali’s Keletigui Diabate 15-7 while Senegal’s Ndeye Diongue won the women’s event by defeating South Africa’s Juliana Barrett 15-9.

This was the final opportunity for African nations to qualify in fencing. The other continents are scheduled to have their final zonal qualifiers over the coming days.

Qualified Nations

Men’s Individual Epee
* Egypt

Women’s Individual Epee
* Senegal

Men’s Individual Foil
* Algeria

Women’s Individual Foil
* Algeria

Men’s Individual Sabre
* Algeria

Women’s Individual Sabre
* Algeria

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