Tokyo Olympics: Ivory Coast’s Ruth Gbagbi and Egypt Hedaya Whaba both win taekwondo bronze

Ivory Coast’s Ruth Gbagbi (right) during her loss to GB’s Lauren Williams in the women’s under 67kg taekwondoAfricans claimed both bronze medals on offer in the women’s -67kg in the taekwondo on day three at the Tokyo Games. This page will be updated throughout the rest of day three with further highlights from African competitors.TaekwondoIvory Coast’s Ruth Gbagbi, 27, matched her bronze from from Rio as she beat Brazil’s Milena Titoneli 12-8 in the -67kg category.She had lost to Great Britain’s Lauren Williams in the semi-finals 24-18Egypt’s Hedaya Wahba, 28, then claimed the other bronze on offer in the same category with a brilliant last round, which she won 14-1, to seal an overall 17-6 victory over USA’s Paige McPherson.Wahba had also lost to Williams in an earlier round but came through the repechage to earn her shot at a medal..Seif Eissa, 23, is aiming to win Egypt’s third bronze Olympic medal as he fights in the men’s -80kg category where he will take on Norway’s Richard Andre Ordemann, who beat Morocco’s Achraf Mahboubi in a repechage bout. SwimmingSouth Africa’s Tatjana Schoenmaker looks like the lady to beat on Tuesday for women’s 100m breaststroke gold as she qualified for the final with the fastest time.The 24-year-old Commonwealth champion had she set an Olympic record on Sunday to reach the semi-finals.SurfingBianca Buitendag of South Africa caused a shock in the opening heats of the surfing as she beat seven-time world champion Stephanie Gilmore of Australia.The 27-year-old then went onto make it to Tuesday’s quarter-finals where she will face Portugal’s Yolanda Hopkins.”That’s just the nature of surfing, sometimes the waves are there, sometimes the waves are not,” Gilmore said of her shock loss to outsider Buitendag.Gilmore was left ruing her decision to let a promising wave pass to her opponent, with Buitendag jumping on it and notching a score of 7.10 that decided the heat.Rugby SevensAfrica’s two representatives in the men’s event South Africa and Kenya have both been drawn in Pool CSouth Africa, who won bronze at the Rio games in 2016, began with a comfortable 33-14 win over Ireland while Kenya lost narrowly to the USA 19-14. The South Africans then emerged victorious when they faced their African rivals winning 14-5.The action continues on Tuesday as South Africa face USA and Kenya take on Ireland, with both sides still in with a chance to reach the quarter-finals.HandballEgypt’s men lost 27-32 to Denmark to follow-up a 37-31 win over Portugal on Saturday – next up are hosts Japan on Wednesday.Hockey South Africa’s women lost their second straight game in Tokyo on Monday losing 4-1 to Great Britain, having lost their opener to Ireland 2-0.On Wednesday the South Africans have a tough looking game against Netherlands, who are the World Cup holders and won silver at the 2016 Games in Rio.More to follow


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