While South Africa whipped Spain at rugby sevens at the Olympics games in Rio, luck ditched Kenya. The country’s squad lost 7-37 to Great Britain.
But that’s not the end of the road, as the team still has another game later tonight with New Zealand, so they can nestle closely and figure how to scourge them.
Kenya however has some accomplishments to bask on at the Rio Olympics.
The country is among the only two Africans who pulled through to the next round of Boxing at Rio last night, thanks to light flyweight boxer Peter Mungai Warui who beat China’s Lu Bin.
The other win was a result of an intra-continental bout, which means that an African was guaranteed to get through.
In the heavyweight category Mauritius’ Kennedy St-Pierre beat Algeria’s Chouaib Bouloudinats.
Some African boxers, however, couldn’t make it through. Tunisia’s heavyweight boxwer Hassen Chaktami lost to Italy’s Clemente Russo and was eliminated. Light flyweight Mathias Hamunyela from Namibia lost to Kazakhstan’s Birzhan Zhakypov and won’t take part in the quarter finals.
Egypt’s Walid Mohamed lost in the welterweight category to Great Britain’s Joshua Kelly and also will miss the quarter finals. South African Swimmer Chad le Clos won silver in the men’s 200m freestyle last night.
Compatriot Cameron van der Burgh won silver for the 100m breaststroke (making it second medal won by the continent as a whole). Le Clos came second behind China’s Sun Yang. He later, in the men’s 200m butterfly semi-finals, came third in his semi-final, following second-place American Michael Phelps and winner Hungarian Tamas Kenderesi
However, he was named the fourth fastest overall. The finals is scheduled on Wednesday evening.
Other victories recorded:
Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri reached the quarter finals in men’s singles table tennis, beating Germany’s Timo Boll 4-2. Angola beat Montenegro 27-25 in the women’s handball.
This is the second time they have won in the preliminaries, placing second in the Group A league table.
Senegal lost 64-101 to China in the women’s basketball.
Nigeria lost 66 – 94 to Argentina in men’s basketball.