Bilali last boxing medal hope for Kenya

August 12, 2008 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, August 12 – Kenya’s hopes of a medal in the boxing category at the Beijing Olympics continued to dwindle after the third boxer Bernard Irungu Ngumba lost to Uzerbakistan’s Tulashboy Doniyorov.

Ngumba lost by 10 points to 1 in Tuesday morning flyweight bout.

Suleiman Bilali is the last hope for Kenya clinching any medal in boxing as the Beijing Olympic Games enter day 4 after the elimination of Aziz Ali and Nick Okoth.

 Bilali is expected to take on Montero Winston of Dominican Republic Wednesday in a light-flyweight.

Okoth lost 6-2 to Mexican Santos Reyes Arturo, while rower Matthew Lidaywa’s was last among four competitors in the men’s rowing singles sculls semi-final.

 Okoth lost to the Mexican in the featherweight bout after his country mate light-heavyweight, Aziz Ali, lost on Saturday to Turk Muzzafer Bahram.

 Also in Tuesday’s program will see Kenya favourite swimmer Jason Dunford takes to the pool in the 100m freestyle. Jason starts off in the fourth heat having the fastest qualifying time of 49.98 seconds, with a close challenge expected from Israel’s Nimrod Bar-or Shapira at 50.17 seconds.

 His most favourite race, 100m butterfly, in which he is ranked 10th in the world and sixth at these games, will be run on Thursday, the same day David will start his 50m free style campaign.
Meanwhile, the final batch of 25 track runners and three officials left Monday for Beijing aboard an Emirates plane to Dubai before connecting a flight to Beijing.

Richard Mateelong (3,000m steeplechase) Edwin Soi, Eliud Kipchoge and Thomas Longosiwa (5,000m) Moses Masai and Micah Kogo (10,000m) Wilfred Bungei, Alfred Kirwa and Boaz Lalang (800m) and 1,500m alternate athlete Harun Keitany were the male athletes who flew out. The female runners were Irene Jelagat and Nancy Jebet (1500m) Vivian Cheruiyot, Priscah Jepleting and Sylvia Kibet (5000m) and marathoners Salina Kosgei and Martha Komu.

Three reserves, Kipsiele, Leonard Komon (men 10,000m) and Philes Ongori (women 5,000m) were due to depart with team physiotherapist, Japheth Kariakim, and assistant coach, James Mutisya.


                                                              G         S          B        TOTAL
1          USA                                         10        3          3          20
2          CHINA                                       6         6          8          14
3          SOUTH KOREA                        5         5          0          10


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