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Egypt, Ivory Coast and Tunisia reign at African Championships

Egypt, Ivory Coast and Tunisia reign at African Championships

The Egyptian National Team performed at its best during the 11th edition of the African Taekwondo Championships, held in Antananarivo (Madagascar) from last Saturday until today. The Egyptians accumulated a total of 8 gold medals in the Individual categories, leaving the other half of titles to be shared by of the the rest of nations. Egypt won also the Male’s Team competition and grabbed a silver in the Female’s one, making clear their continental domination nowadays.
Egypt was not the only nation that shone in Antananarivo though, as Ivorian fighters managed to collect a total of 5 gold medals for their country in the Individual draws and proved their high level of Taekwondo by lifting the title in front of Egypt in the Female’s Team modality. The third place of the medal standings was held by Tunisia, who took two golds during the weekend and a bronze in the Female’s team contest played yesterday.
The action at the Mahamasina Sports Complex started on Saturday with the half of the 16 individual draws in competition. In the Male’s -54 kg category, Hussein Sherif El Sayed was awarded with the gold medal after defeating the Lebanese Ebded Ahmed in the final. The bronze medals were taken by Ouattara Mohammad Amine from Ivory Coast and the Gabonese Owono Nozime Bertrand Arnold. In the Female’s Fin category (-46 kg), the Egyptian Nermin Sayed Elshimi didn´t give a chance to her rivals and lifted the title thanks to her win over Fall Khady from Senegal in the crucial combat. The third step of the podium was shared by Marie Prudence M’Bia Evoue from Gabon and the local Volasoa Rabeholinantenaina.
The -63 kg Male’s contest was won by Hamza Gbane from Ivory Coast, with the Tunisian Briki Wahid taking the silver and Mohamed Tlish from Libya and Noel Randriamandimby from Madagascar grabbing the bronzes. In the Women’s Bantam final (-53 kg), the Egyptian Nada Rduwa showed her power against the Tunisian Rahma Benali to win the gold. The bronzes were awarded to Brenda Mahonza from Congo and the Ivorian Awa Ouattara. The also Ivorian Anicet Kassi took the Male’s -74 kg final after getting rid of the Egyptian Mahmoud Karim. They had beaten Taha Al Aswed from Libya and the Tunisian Eddine Trabelsi in the semifinals respectively. The Female’s -62 kg title was awarded to the Ivorian Christelle Gbagbi, who had to give her best taekwondo level in front of Coumba Diop from Senegal, the silver medalist. Urgence Mouegha from Gabon and Gradi Kamuanya from Congo were the bronze holders of the modality.

Madagascar 2012 Opening Ceremony


The last two draws to be completed on Saturday were the Men’s (-80 kg) and Women’s (-67 kg) Welter categories. The Tunisian Oussama Oueslati ended up being the winner in Men’s, while the victory in Women’s was awarded to the Egyptian Sawalhy Seham. The Ivorian Gbane Abdoulaye took the silver in front of Fiston Lumu (Congo – bronze) and Mady Ramy (Egypt – bronze) in Male’s, and Mbassa Sakho from Senegal climbed to the second step of the podium in Female’s, leaving the lower step to the Tunisian Wafa Bellar and the Ivorian Larissa Konan.
Sunday was the final day for the Individual draws. In the Male’s -58 kg category, the best of the 16 contestants was the Egyptian Emad Mohamed, who won over the local Fenosoa Rija by 4-2 in the final. Karim Najar from Tunisia and Candido Muianga from Mozambique couldn´t make their way to the final and had to content themselves with the bronze. The Egyptian Ahmed Nour was magnificent in the Women’s Fly category. She won the gold medal after clearly beating Lukusa Rosa from Congo in the final by 13 to 2, leaving the third step of the final podium to Cynthia Kragbe from Ivory Coast and the local athlete Hanitriniaina Rakotondrasoa.
In the Women’s Feather (-57 kg), Bineta Diedhiou from Senegal struggled to defeat the Egyptian Yousry Caroline in the crucial combat, which ended 7-4 after a really close fight. The semifinalists and bronze medalists of the contest were Banassa Diomande from Ivory Coast and Sephora Baelenge from Congo. Male’s Feather did also have an exciting final, finally won by the Tunisian Neji Ben Ali, who managed to beat Balla Dieye from Senegal by 4-2. The third step in the medal ceremony was taken by the Egyptian Husein Tamer and Sagesse Abedi from Congo.

Action during a combat at African Champs 2012


Seydou Gbane was the absolute winner of the -87 kg Male’s contest. Gbane comfortably won over Fanfan Kikima in the final (8-0), after having disqualified the Egyptian Shafiek Karim (16-9) in the semis. The other bronze medal was grabbed by Tresor Kamara from Senegal. In the Women`s Middle, the title was taken by Mamina Kone from Ivory Coast, who showed a much better level than her opponent in the final and silver medalist, the Egyptian Abdelall Metallh.
In the Heavy categories of both draws, the champions were the Egyptian Ayman Mohamed (Male’s +87 kg) and his compatriot Elwakil Nahla (Female’s +73 kg). The silver medalists, Karim Kone and Tenor Youleto, were competing under the same flag as well, representing both Ivory Coast. The bronze medalists of the Male’s contest were Badreddin Khalfuni from Libya and Rakotoarisoa Andry from Madagascar, while in the Women’s the bronze awarded ones were the local athlete Randriamandrato Audrey and the Gabonese Emmanuella Ibogni.
Monday was the chosen day for the first African Team Cup, in which Egypt in Male’s and Ivory Coast in Female’s climbed to the top of the podium. Senegal, silver, and Ivory Coast, bronze, were the other medalists in the Male’s draw, while Egypt and Tunisia grabbed the silver and bronze in Female’s respectively.
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11th African Taekwondo Championships Final Results
-46 KG FEMALE
1 NERMIN SAYED ELSHIMI – EGYPT
2 FALL KHADY – SENEGAL
3 M’BIA EVOUE MARIE PRUDENCE – GABON
4 RABEHOLINANTENAINA VOLASOA – MADAGASCAR
-49 KG FEMALE
1 NOUR AHMED HOUSSINE – EGYPT
2 KELEKU ROSA LUKUSA – CONGO RDC
3 KRAGBE NIZIE CYNTHIA – IVORY COAST
4 RAKOTONDRASOA FANJANIRINA HANITRINIAINA – MADAGASCAR
-53 KG FEMALE
1 RDUWA REDA NADA – EGYPT
2 BENALI RAHMA – TUNISIA
3 MAHONZA ALDINE BRENDA – CONGO RDC
4 OUATTARA AWA – IVORY COAST
CATEGORY : -57 KG FEMALE
1 DIEDHIOU BINETA – SENEGAL
2 CAROLINE AMASIS YOUSRY – EGYPT
3 DIOMANDE BANASSA – IVORY COAST
4 BAELENGE ELEY SEPHORA – CONGO RDC
CATEGORY : -62 KG FEMALE
1 GBAGBI RUTH MARIE CHRISTELLE – IVORY COAST
2 DIOP NDEYE COUMBA – SENEGAL
3 MOUEGHA MOUEGHA URGENCE – GABON
4 KAMUANYA MPOYI GRADI – CONGO RDC
CATEGORY : -67 KG FEMALE
1 SEHAM SAWALHY – EGYPT
2 SAKHO MBASSA – SENEGAL
3 BELLAR WAFA – TUNISIA
4 KONAN AMOIN LARISSA – IVORY COAST
CATEGORY : -73 KG FEMALE
1 KONE MAMINA – IVORY COAST
2 MENATALLH MAHER ABDELALL – EGYPT
CATEGORY : +73 KG FEMALE
1 NAHLA KHAIRY ELWAKIL – EGYPT
2 YOUETO EHIVET TENOR – IVORY COAST
3 AUDREY RANDRIAMANDRATO – MADAGASCAR
4 IBOGNI NZAMBA GRACE EMMANUELLA – GABON
-54 KG MALE
1 HUSSEIN SHERIF ELSAYED – EGYPT
2 EDBEB AHMED – LIBYA
3 OUATTARA MOHAMMAD AMINE – IVORY COAST
4 OWONO NOZIME BERTRAND ARNOLD – GABON
-58 KG MALE
1 MOHAMED EMAD – EGYPT
2 RABENIALA RIJA FENOSOA – MADAGASCAR
3 NAJAR KARIM – TUNISIA
4 MUIANGA FREDERICO CANDIDO – MOZAMBIQUE
– 63 KG MALE
1 GBANE HAMZA – IVORY COAST
2 BRIKI WAHID – TUNISIA
3 TLISH MOHAMED – LIBYA
4 RANDRIAMANDIMBY NOEL JEAN HONORIN – MADAGASCAR
-68 KG MALE
1 BEN ALI GAM NEJI – TUNISIA
2 DIEYE BALLA – SENEGAL
3 TAMER ABDELMONEIM HUSEIN – EGYPT
4 ABEDI KAMBOLE SAGESSE – CONGO RDC
-74 KG MALE
1 KASSI BABENAN ANICET – IVORY COAST
2 KARIM AMR MAHMOUD – EGYPT
3 AL ASWED TAHA – LIBYA
4 TRABELSI SAIF EDDINE – TUNISIA
-80 KG MALE
1 OUESLATI OUSSAMA – TUNISIA
2 GBANE ABDOULAYE – IVORY COAST
3 LUMU TSHIMANGA FISTON – CONGO RDC
4 RAMY KHALED MADY – EGYPT
-87 KG MALE
1 GBANE SEYDOU – IVORY COAST
2 KIKIMA YOGOTE FANFAN – CONGO RDC
3 KAMARA MOHAMED TRESOR – SENEGAL
4 KARIM HAZEM SHAFIEK – EGYPT
+87 KG MALE
1 MOHAMED AHMED AYMAN – EGYPT
2 KONE KARIM – IVORY COAST
3 KHALFUNI BADREDDIN – LIBYA
4 ANDRY RAKOTOARISOA – MADAGASCAR
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2 Comments

  1. John Curry

    Sad to see that many strong Taekwondo countries like Marocco, Algeria, South Africa, Nigeria and Mali were NOT present !!!

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  2. Henri Randriamandrato

    Yes indeed! we do not understand why the countries from the south did not show up. Madagascar has accepted to host these championships so that they will participate . But… it did not happen. African southern Taekwondo must make an effort, otherwise it will not help the Taekwondo in general.

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