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Mozambican judoka Marlon Acacio will participate in the Olympic Games kicking off in Rio de Janeiro on 4 August.
Fighting at 81 kg, Acacio got the best score in the African ranking among the other Mozambicans judokas hoping to represent the country, including Bruno Luzia, Edson Madeira and Neuso Sugauque.
Acacio joins other athletes qualifying for the Olympics through the continental quota system due to the accumulation scores across the Olympic cycle. He was the best at national and African level, although failing to secure direct qualification among the top 22 athletes in the ranking.
Acacio won a bronze medal in the Mauritius African Open in 2014, and came fifth in the 2016 Argentina Open. In African Championships from 2014 to 2016, he secured placings from fifth to seventh. He also participated in the Grand Prix and Grand Slams and in the World Championship, accumulating points though not medals.
Marlon will be the only Mozambican judoka at the Rio Olympics, bringing to six the number of Mozambican athletes present and joining Kurt Couto (athletics), Igor Mogne and Jannah Sonnenschein (swimming), Mussa Tualbudine and Nuno Manhique (canoeing).
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