Boxing Olympic Qualification – Dakar | Day 1 As It Happened
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That's the end of the action on Day 1. It all starts again on Day 2 at 6pm (UTC) on Friday. Action will be in the women's featherweight division and the men's lightweight division.
Rayton Okwiri (Kenya): "I was able to dominate all the three rounds and win on unanimous decision but that’s nothing close to my best.
"I felt a bit heavy, sort of a burning sensation on my chest. Could be the change of climate. But we are going to work on that with my coaches for the next one."
Adan Ahmed Mohamed (Somalia): "Somalia hasn’t had a boxing federation in over 40 years due to civil war and a lot of things that happened in our country. Unfortunately it didn’t go my way but it was a great experience."
Eduardo Zola Daniel (Angola): "I’m very happy to win my first bout in Senegal against the home favourite, a Senegalese. It’s every boxer’s dream to participate at the Olympics and I hope I can achieve that here."
Okwiri on top
Rayton Okwiri, Kenya’s big middleweight hope, hit too hard, too straight and too accurately for Libya’s Emhemed Salem Elmagasbi, as he recorded a clear points win. Elmagasbi certainly gave it a good go, especially in the first round, as he caught Okwiri with a good left-right combination. But by midway through the second round, things were getting tough for the Libyan and he did well to hear the final bell Ikwiri next faces the No 1 seed, Kavuma David Ssemujju, of Uganda, on Sunday.
The host nation’s first boxer in action, Pape Mamadou Ndiaye, endured a terrible start as he was rocked – and given a standing count – in the first minute against Eduardo Zola Daniel, of Angola, but after two rounds of bombardment, the Senegalese gave it everything in the final round. He succeeded in knocking Daniel out of his stride, if not showing any realistic prospect of turning around the result, as Daniel was a unanimous points winner.
Ghana’s Abubakari Kwasi Quartey is blessed with a famous boxing name and he showed that he has a fair bit of talent too, as he beat Adan Ahmed Mohamed, of Somalia, on points.
In the other middleweight clash, David Tshama Mwenekabwe, of the Democratic Republic of Congo, was a clear points winner over Mohamed Diaby, of Mali.
Mick 'Junior' Mikamou Mayelet (Gabon): "I'm happy with this win because I was not in the best shape for this bout, being the first fight. Bit it's important for me to win as I'm the captain - win and lead by example to the rest of the Gabonese team."
The performance of the tournament so far, by Patrick Chinyemba, of Zambia, a slick, rangy boxer, who produced some wonderful punch variety to record a unanimous points victory over Disan Mubiru, of Uganda. The only downside for Chinyemba was the cut he picked up above his left eye from a clash of heads.
Over in Ring B, Doudou Ilungu Kabange, of the Democratic Republic of Congo, was a points winner over Marco Jerome Andrianarivelo, of Madagascar.
In the final flyweight bout of the day, Tiholohelo Mokhesi, of Lesotho, was well out of his depth against Mick 'Junior' Mikamou Mayelet, of Gabon, the bout being stopped midway through the third round after Mokhesi had received his third standing count. He had also had a point deducted in the second round for spitting out his gumshield.
From the mixed zone
Sedja Sanogo (Cote d'Ivoire): "The first fight was a little bit difficult, very close. But it is my first time trying to qualify for the Olympic Games so I expected it to be tough."
Bernadette Keuye (Cameroon): "It went very well. I was very fit for my Congolese opponent and now I can begin to dream of qualification for Tokyo."
Into the men’s flyweight division
Said Mortaji was completely dominant against the teenager Muayid Abdulhakim Okashah, of Libya, who struggled to keep the smaller, aggressive Moroccan off him. Okashah’s cause was not helped when he was cut by a clash of heads in the second round.
Tetteh Sulemanu, of Ghana, took the fight to Mohamed Mostafa Galal Morsy, of Egypt, which paid off as he emerged a handy winner.
The action is underway with two women's welterweight bouts. In Ring B, Sedja Sanogo makes a good start to her bout with the well-fancied Sarra Kali, of Algeria. Sanogo has quick hands but little defence, holding her hands low and picking Kali off on the way in. Four judges give Sanogo the edge in the first round and three do so in the second, leaving Kali to go on all-out attack in the third and final round. It's not enough, though, as the boxer from Cote d'Ivoire takes the decision.
Meanwhile in Ring A, Bernadette Keuye, of Cameroon, was dominant against Jorbelle Malewu Teksala, of the Democratic Republic of Congo, taking a clear points decision with the referee giving Malewu Teksala a standing count in the final round.
The boxers in Senegal are staying in Saly, a coastal resort about an hour from the Dakar Arena. With gym time at a premium, training can take place anywhere, in conference rooms and corridors. Here are Egypt's super-heavyweight and heavyweight hopes - Yousry Hafez and Youssef Moussa - sparring in the hotel car park.
Athletes and schedule
Khadidja Timera, a lawyer who grew up in Paris, is hoping to be the first female boxer to represent Senegal at the Olympic Games this year.
Lawyer turned boxer Khadidja Timera dishes out justice in the ring
Lawyer turned boxer Khadidja Timera dishes out justice in the ringMeet Khadidja Timera, a girl from a tough Paris suburb who fought her way through university and into one of the world's top law firms, White & Case. Now, trained by former world professional boxing champion Souleymane M'baye, she's doing her fighting in the ring as she pursues her dream of winning Olympic gold for Senegal at Tokyo 2020.
Day 1 Schedule Ring A - 4pm (UTC)
Bout 1 – Women’s 69kg
Bernadette KEUYE (Cameroon) v Jorbelle MALEWU TEKASALA (DR Congo)
Bout 2 – Men’s 52kg
Said MORTAJI (Morocco) v Muayid Abdulhakim OKASHAH (Libya)
Bout 3 -Men’s 52kg
Disan MUBIRU (Uganda) v Patrick CHINYEMBA (Zambia)
Bout 4 – Men’s 52kg
Tiholohelo MOKHESI (Lesotho) v Mick 'Junior' MIKAMOU MAYELET (Gabon)
Bout 5 – Men’s 75kg
Rayton OKWIRI (Kenya) v Emhemed Salem ELMAGASBI (Libya)
Bout 6 – Men’s 75kg
Pape Mamadou NDIAYE (Senegal) v Eduardo Zola DANIEL (Angola)
Day 1 schedule Ring B - 4pm (UTC)
Bout 7 – Women’s 69kg
Sedja SANOGO (Cote d'Ivoire) v Sarra KALI (Algeria)
Bout 8 - Men’s 52kg
Tetteh SULEMANU (Ghana) v Mohamed MOSTAFA GALAL MORSY (Egypt)
Bout 9 - Men’s 52kg
Doudou ILUNGU KABANGE (DR Congo) v Marco Jerome ANDRIANARIVELO (Madagascar)
Bout 10 – Men’s 75kg
Abubakari Kwasi QUARTEY (Ghana) v Adan Ahmed MOHAMED (Somalia)
Bout 11 – Men’s 75kg
Mohamed DIABY (Mali) v David TSHAMA MWENEKABWE (DR Congo)
How to qualify in Dakar
There are 33 places at the Tokyo Olympics available in Dakar – 22 for men and 11 for women.
Any boxer who reaches the final is guaranteed an Olympic place.
In addition, in six male weight categories (flyweight to light-heavyweight) as well as one female division (flyweight) there will be a third qualification spot available. This will be decided by a box-off between the two losing semi-finalists.
There will be one more chance to qualify for Tokyo 2020 at the final world qualifying event in Paris in May.