The spotlight for African on day three of the Tokyo Olympics have been three bronze medals in taekwondo.
Ivory Coast’s Ruth Gbagbi, 27, matched the bronze she gained in Rio as she beat Brazil’s Milena Titoneli 12-8 within the -67kg class.
She had lost to Great Britain’s Lauren Williams within the semi-finals 24-18.
In Rio Gbagbi turned the primary Ivorian lady to win an Olympic medal and has now turn into the primary from her nation to win two medals.
Egypt’s Hedaya Malak Wahba, 28, then additionally claimed her second Olympic bronze having gained one in Rio as properly this time she moved up a class from -57kg to assert the opposite bronze on supply in the identical class as Gbagbi in Tokyo.
Wahba produced a dominant closing spherical, which she gained 14-1, to seal an total 17-6 victory over USA’s Paige McPherson.
She had additionally misplaced to Williams in an earlier spherical however got here by means of the repechage to earn her shot at a medal.
“It was very arduous for her combating at -57kg. It was not good for her to be all the time weight-reduction plan, it isn’t secure,” her Mexican coach Salazar Blanco stated after the battle.
“So it wasn’t arduous to maneuver to -67kg; she simply stopped the food regimen. But we needed to construct muscle to withstand the kicks and we needed to work arduous on distance due to the taller athletes (within the 67kg class).
“She needed to begin from the start, get all of the factors once more and transfer up the rankings. But she would not have something to show.
“She had Covid in November and he or she continues to be not 100%. She has been very, very drained. For her the postponement was very robust. Every day, yearly it’s tougher, she is 28. She has a household.”
Seif Eissa, 23, turned the third Egyptian to win an Olympic taekwondo bronze medal as he beat Norway’s Richard Andre Ordemann 12-4 of their medal bout within the males’s -80kg class.
In the identical class there had been disappointment for Ivory Coast’s defending Olympic champion Cheick Cisse who misplaced within the very first spherical to Morocco’s Achraf Mahboubi.
“I really feel destroyed. I did not count on that in any respect. I feel there was simply an excessive amount of stress. I’m feeling so unhealthy, after all, as a result of I wished to defend my title,” Cisse admitted after his loss.
South Africa’s Tatjana Schoenmaker seems to be like the girl to beat on Tuesday for ladies’s 100m breaststroke gold as she certified for the ultimate with the quickest time.
The 24-year-old Commonwealth champion had set an Olympic document on Sunday to succeed in the semi-finals.
Bianca Buitendag of South Africa brought about a shock within the opening heats of the browsing as she beat seven-time world champion Stephanie Gilmore of Australia.
The 27-year-old then went onto make it to Tuesday’s quarter-finals the place she’s going to face Portugal’s Yolanda Hopkins.
“That’s simply the character of browsing, generally the waves are there, generally the waves aren’t,” Gilmore stated of her shock loss to outsider Buitendag.
Gilmore was left ruing her choice to let a promising wave go to her opponent, with Buitendag leaping on it and notching a rating of seven.10 that determined the warmth.
Africa’s two representatives within the males’s occasion South Africa and Kenya have each been drawn in Pool C
South Africa, who gained bronze on the Rio video games in 2016, started with a snug 33-14 win over Ireland whereas Kenya misplaced narrowly to the USA 19-14.
The South Africans then emerged victorious once they confronted their African rivals successful 14-5.
The motion continues on Tuesday as South Africa face USA and Kenya tackle Ireland, with each side nonetheless in with an opportunity to succeed in the quarter-finals.
Egypt’s males misplaced 27-32 to Denmark to follow-up a 37-31 win over Portugal on Saturday – subsequent up are hosts Japan on Wednesday.
South Africa’s girls misplaced their second straight sport in Tokyo on Monday losing 4-1 to Great Britain, having misplaced their opener to Ireland 2-0.
On Wednesday the South Africans have a tricky wanting sport in opposition to Netherlands, who’re the World Cup holders and gained silver on the 2016 Games in Rio.
Tunisia’s males misplaced by 3 units to 0 in opposition to France on Monday having misplaced by the identical scoreline to Brazil of their opening match, they face USA on Wednesday.
South Africa’s Henri Schoeman, who gained bronze on the 2016 Rio Games, didn’t attain the end line as an present ankle harm pressured him to desert the race halfway by means of the run section of the occasion.
Norway’s Kristian Blummenfelt claimed the gold forward of Great Britain’s Alex Yee with Hayden Wilde of New Zealand clinching bronze.