34th African senior judo championships-Rose, Dugasse top local performers


Brigitte Rose
Rose (women’s -78kg) and Dugasse (men’s -100kg) were ranked fifth in their respective categories, while Manuella Volcère (women’s +78kg), Francis Labrosse (men’s -66kg) and Naddy Jeanne (men’s -73kg) lost to their respective categories’ eventual gold medallists.

After losing the pool D final to Algerian Kaouther Oualla, Rose competed in the repêchage round where she claimed two victories against South African Jenny Wolmarans and Odette Ntahonvukiye before losing to Cameroonian Hortence Vanessa Mballa Atangana in the bronze-medal fight.

Algerian Ouallal was the other bronze medallist in the women’s -78kg category, while the gold medal was won by Tunisian Hana Mareghni who beat Gabonese Audrey Koumba in the final.
Nine competitors fought in the women’s -78kg class.

In the men’s -100kg class, Dominic Dugasse received a bye in pool C before losing to Algerian Lyes Bouyakoub in the final to go to the repêchage where he earned a victory against Ivorian Koffi Kreme Kobena. He then lost to Tunisian Anis Ben Khaled to settle for fifth place overall out of nine fighters.

Egyptian Ramadan Darwish won the category’s gold medal after beating Algerian Lyes Bouyakoub. The two bronze medallists are Senegalese Amdy Fall and Tunisian Anis Ben Khaled.

The other local female fighter, Manuella Volcère, fought in the +78kg division and finished seventh after losing her pool C final to eventual gold medallist, Tunisian Nihel Cheickh Rouhou who beat her compatriot Sahar Trabelsi in the grand final.

In the repêchage round, Volcère lost to Cameroonian Dechantal Fokou NTolack, who clinched one of the two bronze medals in the eight-competitor draw.
Seychelles other judokas at the championships were Francis Labrosse (-66kg), Naddy Dominic DugasseJeanne (-73kg), Leslie Philoé (-81kg) and Leonel Savy (-90kg).

Given a bye in the first round of the men’s -66kg category, Labrosse lost to Tunisian Houcem Khalfaoui in the second to join the repêchage round where he beat Chadian Sani Ibrahim Haroun before losing to Algerian Houd Zourdani who finished on the medals’ podium with a bronze medal behind Tunisian gold medallist Khalfaoui and Algerian silver medallist Ahmed Mohammed.
A total of 23 fighters fought in the -66kg category.

Naddy Jeanne collected a pool C first-round win against Nuno Silva of the Cape Verde islands, but lost to South African Gideon Van Zyl in the second to move to the repêchage round where he lost to Joseph Hell Bapou of Cameroon.

South African Van Zyl dominated the 28-fighter -73 class to win the gold medal ahead of Tunisian Hamza Barhoumi.
Leslie Philoé lost his first-round -81kg category fight against Angolan Angelo Antonio and the gold medal was won by Moroccan Safouane Attaf.
Twenty-three fighters were in action in this category.

Like Philoé, Leonel Savy also lost his first-round -90kg class fight to South African Zack Piontek, but he progressed to the repêchage round as there were only 14 fighters competing. Savy again lost to Gabonese Luc Odelin Manongho as Egyptian Hatem Abd El Akher clinched the gold medal ahead of compatriot Mohamed Darwish.
The competitors were accompanied by coach Calix Cesar.

While Seychelles did not win any medal, Madagascar and Mauritius won a bronze apiece. Sixteen of the 27 nations who took part won medals in Maputo. Christiane Legentil (-52 kg) was the bronze medallist for Mauritius.

Tunisia topped the medals’ standings with 17 medals – 7 gold, 4 silver and 6 bronze. Morocco finished second with 6 medals – 4 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze –, while Egypt took third position with nine medals – 3 gold, 2 silver and 4 bronze.

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