• Kenyan female boxers eliminated in Olympic qualifiers

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May 13, 2012-

Kenya’s prospects of having more boxers competing at the London Olympics went up in smoke after five of the six female boxers in action all suffered first round losses at the International Amateur Boxing Association,AIBA Women’s World in Qinhuangdao, China.

Just a day after the table tennis team of four missed out qualification in Qatar and a week after only one of 10 male boxers booked his Olympic ticket, the female boxers were overwhelmed in their opening contests.

On Sunday Flyweight Christine Ongare, Bantamweight Ruth Odongo and Welterweight Dury Wanjiku all lost their respective bouts at the event, which also doubled as an Olympic qualifier.

Teenager Ongare trailed 11-3 after the second round against her Vietnamese 19-year-old opponent Luu Thi Duyen the AIBA Youth World Championships silver medallist .

The Kenyan scored three more point in the last rounds against Duyen who reached the last 16 after winning 21-6.

Wanjiku making her second appearance at the world championships after her debut in 2010 where she also bowed out in the first round after the referee stopped the contest against Welsh Rebecca Price, lost 22-7 to French Malika Gonthier-Silva.

Silva led 9-2 after the opening round of their the 69kg welterweight bout wrapping it up 5-3 and 8-2 in the next rounds.

Odongo also making a return to the world stage lost 22-12 in their 54kg bantamweight bout to Australian Johnson Chernaka.

Theirs was a close contest with the Australian leading 3-1 and 6-4 in the opening rounds. Equally tense scores of 7-4 and 6-3 sealed the scores for the Australian.

Kenya’s best featherweight boxer Rebah Matanda was eliminated by veteran Japanese national champion Nana Yoshikawa, who won 22-10, Friday.

Yoshikawa who now meet England's European Championships silver medallist Lisa Whiteside in the last 16 opened with a 5-2 in the opening two minutes and extended her lead to 8-2 in the subsequent round.

The last two rounds were closer as Matanda scored three against her opponents five before the Japanese wrapped it up 4-3.

Lightweight Mary Ng’ang’a was stunned by Swiss Sandra Bruegger 23-6. The Swiss led 6-2 after the first two minutes, then had a 12-3 midway through before wrapping it up 6-2 and 5-1 in the last two rounds.

Kenyan Elizabeth Andiego will be in action against Norway Lien Lotte.


 Evelyn Watta

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