Christine Ongare secures Kenya’s second boxing slot in Tokyo
Christine Ongare beat Ugandan Catherine Nanziri via unanimous points decision to finish third in the flyweight category and clinch Kenya’s second boxing spot at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Ongare had lost her semi-final bout on Thursday and was now looking at the box off for her chance to fly to Tokyo.
Ongare’s tactics worked spot on and she weathered a strong start from the Ugandan who threw two hard overhand rights and kept the Ugandan under pressure. Ongare had to keep moving to avoid getting caught on the way in, but she put a lot of effort in and rightly was given the round on all the judges' scorecards.
The start of the round saw Ongare back on the front foot and Nanziri under instant pressure as she tried to find room to box. But Ongare's punch output was unrelenting, even when her headguard seemed to slip, slightly blocking her view and she finished the round with another right.
Ongare struggled to keep up the same output in the final round, and while three judges had Nanziri the final round, it was too little too late. As Ongare's hand was raised, she dipped at the knees and pointed to the skies.
She will join team captain Nick Okoth on the flight to Tokyo, the Commander having clinched his ticket after sailing to the featherweight finals. He could however not take home a gold as he was beaten by 20-year old Zambian Everisto Mulenga.