Christine Ongare Becomes Second Kenyan Boxer to Qualify For Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Kenyan Christine Ongare outpunched Ugandan Catherine Nanziri in the Africa Boxing Olympics Qualifiers in Dakar, Senegal, on Saturday, 29th February, to book a direct ticket to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

The Commonwealth bronze medalist beat the Ugandan in the flyweight category, becoming the second Kenyan boxer to join skipper Nick Okoth on the flight to Tokyo.

Ongare started her campaign with a unanimous decision win over Ornella Havyarimana of Burundi, before edging out Modestine Munga of DRC in quarters to storm into the semis.

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She, however, lost to Rabab Cheddar of Algeria in the semifinals, thus setting up a box-off tie with Nanziri.

‘Hit Squad’ captain Okoth took a silver medal at Africa Boxing Olympic Games Qualifiers after losing to Zambian Everisto Mulenga in the featherweight category.

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