Egypt once again showed it is the powerhouse of Africa in archery by winning four out of the six medals in the two individual recurve events at the 2016 African Archery Championship. The three highest ranked nations in each individual event will be given a spot to compete in the Olympics. The African Archery Championship was held in Windhoek, Namibia from January 29th to January 31st 2016.
Egypt was the best nation in the qualification round in the men’s individual recurve with all three of their athletes finishing in the top 5. Egypt’s Hady El-Kholosy won the top seed with a score of 636. In the elimination rounds El-Kholosy swept through his first two opponents, but required to win a tie-breaker against Zimbabwe’s Gavin Sutherland in the quarter-finals. In the semi-finals he had a narrow 6-4 win against his compatriot Mohammed Aly Amin to reach the final.
On the other half of the bracket it was second seed Ahmed El-Nemr whom reached the final. Like his compatriot his first two matches were simple wins. In the quarter-finals he defeated Rene Kouassi of Cote d’Ivoire 7-3 before meeting with South African Terence van Moerkerken in the semi-final. El-Nemr won the encounter in a close 6-4 match. In the final El-Nemr won the gold medal by defeating El-Kholosy 6-2.
Egypt and South Africa grabbed the men’s quotas by virtue of having someone in the semi-finals. The final quota went to Zimbabwe as Gavin Sutherland finished with a higher ranking over Cote d’Ivoire’s Rene Kouassi. It is very likely that South Africa will reject this quota since they do not accept quotas from continental championships. When the quota is formally rejected it will be reallocated to Cote d’Ivoire.
The women’s individual recurve was similarly dominated by Egypt with all three archers finishing in the top six, but it was Cote d’Ivoire’s Carla Frangilli whom finished as the top seed after the qualification round with a score of 579. Frangilli won her first two matches in a sweep, but lost in the semi-final to Kenya’s Shehzana Anwar 6-5.
The other semi-final was a clash between two Egyptians as a tie-breaker was required to give Reem Mansour the win over her compatriot and second seed Hania Fouda. Anwar defeated Mansour 6-2 to win the championship . Egypt, Kenya and Cote d’Ivoire gained the three quotas by virtue of having athletes reach the semi-finals.
African archers will get one more opportunity to qualify to the Olympics at the final Olympic qualification tournament to be held later this year. Also all African nations will get the opportunity to qualify a team of three athletes for the team event.
Quotas by Nations
- Egypt – 2
- Cote d’Ivoire – 1
- Kenya – 1
- South Africa – 1
- Zimbabwe – 1
- Ianseo. 2016 African Archery Championships + CQT Results. Access on January 31 2016.