• Four Bronze Medals Assured By Boxers, Cyclists crash out

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Oct 11, 2010-Kenya is assured of at least four Bronze medals in Boxing after they punched their way into the semi-finals of their respective weight categories at the Talkatora Indoor Stadium, in Delhi.

Blackmoses Mathenge, Elly Ochola, Benson Ngunjiri and Joshua Ndere all registered impressive wins in their quarter final bouts..

First to qualify was Ngunjiri who overcame Guyana’s Dexter Jordan 11-3 in his flyweight bout. He now has to go past Botswana’s Oteng Oteng on Monday for a shot at the Gold against favourite Indian Suranjoy Mayengbams or Pakistan’s Haroon Igbal who meet in the second semi final.

“He had a little more power than me but I managed to counter this by weaving and moving so that his jabs couldn’t hit me. My aim is to be in the final and get Silver or Gold,” said Ngunjiri.

Ndere on the other hand is looking at bettering the bronze from Melbourne after sailing through the semi finals 7-4 over Australian Dane Mulivia in the quarters. Ndere had earlier defeated Mauritius’ Rodney Prosper 11 -6 in their Light Heavy weight contest.

“I feel I am on cloud nine. Australia is one of best sporting nations. By defeating him I have evaluated my skills and I now know that I can beat anyone and anywhere,” said an excited Ndere who meets Northern Ireland’s Thomas Mccarthy in the semi bout.

Elly Ocholla saw off Ghanaian Awuosone Yekeni 7-3 in their Heavy Weight bout while Blackmoses scored early points in the first two rounds (2-0,3 -1)against local pugilist Manoj Kumar to make the last four of their light-welterweight on a 6-2 points win.

Nick Okoth went down 1-10 in the quarterfinals of his bantamweight bout to Wanniarachchi Manju of Sri Lanka, who by qualifying for the semis picked the country’s first boxing medal in 60 years while
Joseph Ndung’u lost to Sogbamu Waheed of Nigeria 4-3 in their lightweight bout while.

Super Heavy weight Michael Nakafwa lost to Namibian Tobias Muniango 4-0 while Dick Ombaka was eliminated in the middleweight category after the referee stopped the contest when Indian Vijender Singh inflicted a deep cut on his face with his hard hits.

Squash
In the mixed squash double, Kenyan Hartaj Bains and Safina Madhani lost to 2-0 the Jersey pair of Jeannine Cowie and Michael Hopkins at the the Siri Fort Sports Complex.
Madhani paired with Safina Madhani in the women’s doubles preliminary round, which they lost 11-2, 11-4 to the Indian pair of Surbhi Misra and Anaka Alankamony.

Cycling
The hot, humid conditions and inferior bikes got the better of the 10 Kenyan cyclists who dropped out of competion in quick succession in both the men 168km and the women 112km road races.
19 of the 58 starters in the women’s 112 Road race were unable to finish the competition. Sharon Kiragu who was trailing the field was the first of the three Kenyans to pull out after covering just a quarter of the competitive distance with Jane Kamau following shortly afterwards. Joyce Nyaruri managed to cover about half the 112km before giving up on the chase. Australian Rochelle Gilmore crossed the line first in 2:49.30 to win the gold.

Another Australian Davis Allan won the men’s event (3:49.48) with with none of the six Kenyans finishing the race. Hillary Kiprotich  and Paul Agorir pulled out with two laps to go. Samuel Ekiru, Ismael Chelang’a, Zakayo Nderi and John Kibunja barely managed to cover half of the competitive distance.

Evelyn Watta in New Delhi

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COUNTRY G S B T
1 Australia 74 54 48 176
2 England 37 59 45 141
3 India 37 27 35 99
3 Canada 26 17 32 75
4 South Africa 12 11 10 33
5 Kenya 12 11 9 32
6 Malaysia 12 9 13 34
7 Nigeria 11 10 14 35
8 Singapore 10 10 9 29
9 Scotland 9 10 7 26
10 New Zealand 5 22 8 35
11 Cyprus 4 3 5 12
12 Northern Ireland 3 3 4 10
13 Samoa 3   1 4
14 Wales 2 7 10 19
15 Jamaica 2 4 1 7
16 Pakistan 2 1 2 5
17 Uganda 2     2
18 Bahamas 1 1 3 5
19 Sri Lanka 1 1 1 3
20 Nauru 1 1   2
 
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