Triple taekwondo bronze for Africa

Ivorian 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 misplaced to Great Britain’s Lauren Williams within the semi-finals 24-18.

In Rio Gbagbi turned the primary Ivorian girl to win an Olympic medal and has now change 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 effectively this time she moved up a class from -57kg to say the opposite bronze on supply in the identical class as Gbagbi in Tokyo.

Wahba produced a dominant ultimate 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 via the repechage to earn her shot at a medal.

“It was very onerous for her preventing at -57kg. It was not good for her to be at all times weight-reduction plan, it’s not protected,” her Mexican coach Salazar Blanco mentioned after the combat.

“So it wasn’t onerous to maneuver to -67kg; she simply stopped the weight-reduction plan. But we needed to construct muscle to withstand the kicks and we needed to work onerous 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 doesn’t 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.

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