Eight athletes from seven nations qualified in taekwondo after Day 1 at the 2020 African Olympic Qualification Tournament. The two finalists in the men’s -58kg and +80kg and women’s -49kg and -67kg qualified their nation to the Olympics. The African Olympic Qualification Tournament is currently being held in Rabat, Morocco from February 22nd to February 23rd 2020.
Among the qualifiers was 2012 Olympic silver medalist Anthony Obame of Gabon in the men’s +80kg. Joining him in that event was Cote d’Ivoire’s Seydou Gbane. Egypt was the only nation to qualify more than one athlete today, headlined by 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Hedaya Malak in the women’s -67kg and Nour Abdelsalam in the women’s -49kg. Joining them are Nigeria’s Elizabeth Anyanacho and Morocco’s Oumaima El-Bouchti respectively. The men’s -58kg quotas were won by Tunisia’s Khalil Jendoubi and Ethiopia’s Solomon Demse. Thanks to Demse’s performance Ethiopia will be making their Olympic debut in taekwondo.
The remaining events are set to be held tomorrow where the final eight quotas will be decided in the men’s -68kg, and -80kg and women’s -57kg and +67kg.