Sunday, July 29, 2012

Africa's First Day at the Olympics.

Ines Boubakri of Tunisia made it to the quarterfinals of the women’s Foil Individual Fencing, losing out by one point to Valentina Vezzali of Italy.

The Women’s Teams didn’t have any success in their group matches yesterday in the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament.  South Africa lost to Canada 3:0 and Cameroon was defeated by hosts, Great Britain.

In the Qualification round of the Women’s Basketball Tournament, Angola – which also happens to be the only African team in the tournament, lost to Turkey with 50 :70 in the preliminary round Group A, and currently occupy the 5th position in the group. They are yet to play against USA, China, Croatia and Czech Republic. The Qualification round will run between the 28th of July and the 5th of August.

The Women’s Handball Tournament didn’t yield any positive results either as Angola – once again the only African team playing handball in the Women’s Tournament – lost to Russia in the Preliminaries of Group A.

Quadri Aruna. Photo:London
Quadri Aruna of Nigeria, Omar Assar and El-Sayed Lashin, of Egypt made it through the first round of the Men’s Singles Table Tennis Tournament. The second round continues today.

In the Lawn Tennis Men’s Singles Tournament, Malek Jaziri of Tunisia made it through the first round after defeating Yen-Hsun Lu of Chinese Tapei.

In the Men’s Boxing Tournament, there was some victory in the ring in the Round of 32.  The Men’s Bantam Weight (56kg) had Algerian, Mohamed Amine Ouadahi win by walkover, Merab Turkadze of Turkey; though Africa recorded more losses in the ring: Jonas Matheus of Namibia lost to Vittorio Parrinello of Italy; Aboubakr Seddik Lbida of Morocco was defeated by Ibrahim Balla of  Australia by way of countback after a 16-16 draw. Ayabonga Sonjica of South Africa lost to Dalakliev Detelin of Bulgaria and Isaac Dogboe of Ghana lost to Satoshi Shimizu of Japan.
In the Men’s Middle (75kg category), there was a little more success as Mujandjae Kasuto of Namibia won Sobirdzhon Nazarov of Tajikistan and Abdelmalek Rahou of Algeria defeated Jesse Ross of Australia in the Round of 32.

Mohamed Hikal of Egypt lost to Soltan Migitinov of Azerbaijan, Badr-Eddine Haddioui of Morocco was defeated by Abbos Atoev of Uzbekistan.

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