• Kenyan boxer qualify for semis

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Oct 10, 2010-

Benson Ngunjiri is assured of a bronze medal at the Commonwealth games after he booked his semi-final berth with an 11-3 point elimination of Guyana’s Dexter Jordan in the flyweight bout at the at Talkatora Indoor Stadium in Delhi. 

Ngunjiri 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 shot couldn’t hit me. My aim is to be in the final and get Silver or Gold,”said Ngunjiri.

Five other Kenyans qualified for the quarters in their respective categories.

Nick Okoth had an easy qualification after his opponent Benedict Telovae from the Solomon Islands was disqualified with the Kenyan leading 4-0. Nick next faces Sri Lankan Manju Wanniarachchi on sunday.

Kenyan Elly Ocholla also made the quarters after the referee stopped his heavy weight bout awarding him victory against New Zealand’s David Aloua due to excessive bleeding on a cut on his face.

“In the initial two rounds, I was way behind. In the last round, I gave 100 per cent. I was seeing only one thing and that was a win,” said Ocholla who next takes on Ghanaian Awuosone Yekeni.

2006 Bronze medallist Joshua Ndere defeated Mauritius Rodney Prosper 11 -6 in their Light Heavy weight contest and will meet Australian Dane Mulivai. Joseph Ndung’u sailed through to the last eight on a slim 4-3 point win Sogbamu Waheed of Nigeria in their lightweight bout while Blackmoses Mathenge has to overcome Indian Kumar Manoj in the light welterweight.

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 after Indian Vijender Singh inflicted a deep cut on his face in the second round with his hard hitting jabs.

The swimming competition ended on Saturday at the DR S.P.M on a disappointing note for Kenya as David Dunford finished outside the medal bracket in the 50m-freestyle final.

The African champion struggled in the final which he finished eighth (22.64) which was 0.63 seconds behind gold medalist Canadian Mathew Hayden’s 22.01, a Games record. Jason Dunford was the only Kenyan medallist in swimming in the 100m Butterfly.

Australia once again ruled the pool at Delhi winning 21 Gold, 16 Silver and 16 Bronze medals in the six-day meet, with Alicia Coutts (AUS) taking most Golds.

In weightlifting James Omondi ranked 12th,after snatching 121 and managing a clean and jerk of 211 in the men’s 94 kg won by Samoan Faavae Faaliuli(snatch-141 clean& jerk 192).

In Wrestling the only female competitor Leah Wambui was eliminated at the semi final stage by South African Zumicke Geringer 3-0 in their 63kb bout. Davis Krop lost 0-5 to British Sasha Madyarchyk of their men’s 60kg quarterfinal bout.

 Evelyn Watta in New Delhi

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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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