Sailing: Three Mozambicans qualify for the Tokyo Olympics
Mozambican kayakers Tualibudine Mussa and Nordino Mussa won gold for Mozambique at the African Games in Rabat, Morocco, on Friday, with the Mozambique team taking a further three Silver medals and one Bronze.
On the penultimate day of competitions, the honour of the Mozambican “African Olympics” team was guaranteed in the C2 canoeing race at Mohammed Ben Abdellah dam, when Mozambicans Tualibudine and Nordino Mussa, who arrived as African champions, beat all comers in the final and covered the 200 metres in 40.067seconds.
Another of Mozambique’s African champions, Joaquim Lobo, took the silver medal in the 200 metres C1 canoeing race and finished 4th in the 1,000 meters race.
The other silver medals were won in boxing, when Alcinda Panguan lost the 69kg final to Nigerian Bolanle Shogbamu, and Rady Gramane was defeated by Moroccan Khadija Mardi in the 75kg bout.
Beach volleyball players Délcio Soares and Adelvino Nuvunga ended in 6th place when they were beaten by the Angolan duo of Figueredo and Sequeira, but Jessica Moiane and Mércia Mucheza brought home the bronze medal in a match against Mauritanians Bonne and Causin.
In the overall medals ranking, Mozambique came 23rd, one place higher than in the 2015 African Games, with one Gold, three Silver and two Bronze medals.
In athletics, judo, karate and swimming, the national team disappointed with little progress in fields where South Africa maintained its hegemony, taking 36 Gold, 26 Silver and 25 Bronze medals. Mauritius impressed in 8th place with six Gold, six Silver and 12 Bronze medals, Madagascar coming 10th (six Gold, four Silver and two Bronze), Botswana 13th (five Gold, three Silver and six Bronze) and even the Seychelles in 18th with two Gold, one Silver and one Bronze.
By Adérito CaldeiraSource: A Verdade
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