Despite a beautiful harvest of 14 medals Thursday, including 4 gold, thanks to boxing, then 3 other Friday morning (a gold, a silver and a bronze), Morocco fell in fifth place overall Games African 2019, doubled by Algeria who collected 6 gold medals on Thursday. The Moroccan pugilists won 4 of the 6 finals on which they were hired. The national handball team earned a spot on the podium, while tennis gave Morocco three medals (one in silver and two in bronze).
Moroccans continue to shine in combat sports, on behalf of the 12th edition of the African Games that take place, under the High Patronage of His Majesty the King
Mohammed VI, until this Sunday, in the cities of Rabat, Sale, Temara, Casablanca, Benslimane and El Jadida, with the participation of more than 6,000 athletes. After judo, karate and taekwondo, it was the turn of the Moroccan pugilists to outclass their continental opponents on Thursday. Engaged in six finals on Thursday at the Al Amal indoor sports hall, the Moroccans managed to glean four gold medals and two silver, in addition to the bronze medal Oumaima Belhabib (-69 kg).
The first to climb on the highest step of the podium was Mohamed Hamout, who dominated the feather category (57 kg) following his victory over Ugandan Isaac Masembe on the score of 4 to 1. Abdelhaq Nadir, him , finished first in the lightweight category with Mauritian Louis Richarno Colin 3-2, after defeating Namibian Jonas Junias (3-2) and Congolese Fiston Mbaya Mulumba in quarter-final final (5-0). The third gold medal of Morocco was the work of Tarik Allali in the category of means (75 kg), with a victory in the final against the Ugandan Semmuju David Kavuma on the score of 3 to 2. The only medal gold won by women's boxing is due to Khadija Mardi's performance in the 75 kg average category, after taking over the Mozambican Gramane Rady 4-1. Friday, the Moroccan team made up of Laïla Bouchir and Chaimae Gamra won another gold medal in Kayak (K2, 200m race), bringing the total gold medal of Morocco to 28.
3 silver and 7 bronze medals for Morocco, Thursday
In addition to the precious metal, Morocco has three silver medals Thursday, including two through boxing. Youness Baalla, sparkling throughout the tournament, was content with a silver medal in the +91 kg category after losing to Algerian Abdelhafid Benchabla (1-3). Yasmine Mouttaki of Morocco won the silver medal in the 51kg category after losing her match against Algerian Roumaysa Boualam (2-3). The third silver medal was signed by the pair Lamine Ouahab and Adam Moundir in tennis. Always in a yellow ball, Adam Moundir also won bronze in individual competition, while the female pair Sara Aâkid and Oumaïma Aziz finished third. The women's Kayak K4 national team finished third in the 500m race, similar to the women's fencing selections, bronze medalists in the sword and foil categories. Morocco's seventh and final bronze medal on Thursday was won by the national men's handball team. Opposed to Algeria in the ranking match for third place, the national team was hard to win on the score of 25-22. On Friday, Reda El Arabi and Hamza Sahli added, respectively, a silver medal and a bronze medal in the half marathon.
Algeria at the foot of the podium, Nigeria takes the next step
Despite the 17 medals on Thursday and Friday, Morocco (96 medals, 28 gold, 27 silver and 41 bronze) lost its fourth place in the overall standings for Algeria, which won eight gold medals on Thursday. . The day's best bet came from Nigeria, which had 16 gold medals on Thursday, including 5 in wrestling and 3 in weightlifting, becoming the new second in the league table for South Africa. Egypt, meanwhile, still leads the standings with 238 medals (82 gold, 89 silver and 67 bronze).