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Mbudwike earns Dar third medal

Mbudwike earns Dar third medal

IT was sweet Thursday evening for Tanzania when pugilist Kassim Mbudwike earned the country a third medal after knocking out Marion Faustino Ah Tong of Samoa in the light middle weight bout.

Surprisingly, boxing seems to stand an edge above athletics, especially long distance races, the discipline that Tanzania has been doing well in the global level events for over five decades.

Yusuf Changarawe, who won his quarter final bout on Tuesday, was the first boxer to assure Tanzania a second medal after Alphonce Simbu won the first one in the gruelling 42km marathon at the same venue.

Mbudwike stamped the country’s second knockout as the referee had to rescue the Samoan boxer from further punishment.
Mbudwike has assured the country’s third medal since if he loses in the semis he will get a bronze and if he advances to the final he is assured gold if he wins or silver if he loses.
The two boxers will step into the ring today and face their opponents.

The first semifinal will be between Mbudwike and Tiago Muxanga of Mozambique in the Light Middleweight (67-71 kg) category.

Muxanga advanced to the semis following his 3-0 victory over a New Zealand boxer Wendell Stanley.

The other semifinal will see Changalawe fighting against Sean Lazzerini of Scotland.  Lazzerini on his quarterfinals emerged victorious over Keven Beausejour of Nigeria by points.

Other semifinalists in the light middleweight category are: Aidan Walsh of Northern Ireland who won 3-2 over Mohammed Harris Akbar of England, Garan Croft of Wales who outpointed Merven Clair of Mauritius by 5-0.
Since 1998 Club Games, Tanzania has not won a medal in boxing since Michael Yombayomba won it  24 years ago in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
This time in Birmingham, England, pugilists Yusuf Changalawe and Kassim Mbundwike are trying to reach that record, but they have first to reach the final stage.
On Wednesday, Changalawe sailed to the semi-final after smashing Arthur Langelier of St. Lucia in the Light heavyweight 75kg - 80kg.
Changalawe destroyed St Lucia Isles boxer Arthur Langelier by technical knockout in a quarterfinal bout.

The victory has assured a bronze medal for Tanzania. However, if he wins in the semis against Scottish boxer Sean Lazzerini, he might win gold or silver. 
For five decades boxing has been one of the major hopes for Tanzania.
Titus Simba, who won a middleweight silver medal at the Commonwealth Games of Scotland in 1970, brought the first boxing medal to the country.
After his success, boxing became a favourite game that drew bigger audience.
Other boxing legends are Willy Isangura, Haji Ally, Emmanuel Mlundwa, Ahmed Tesha, Mambeya Bakari, Patrick Mwangata, Lucas Msomba, Gerard Michael and Neva Mkadala.
Other than boxing, Winfrida Makenji participated in a 200-meter race in heat number six.

She completed the race fifth at 24.74 seconds and was unfortunately did not qualify for the semifinals. Those who qualified in her race were the top four runners that are; Natassha Mcdonald at 23.45 seconds, Beyonce Defreitas at 23.99, Toea Wisil at 24.42 and Charlotte Wingfield at 24.47.

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Author: ELKANA KUHENGA 

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