Kenyan boxer Mungai qualifies for quarter finals in Rio

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By Kennedy Langat

Kenyan boxer Peter Mungai has qualified for the quarter finals at the Rio Olympic Games after beating Lyu Bin of China in a light flyweight bout last evening at Riocentro Pavilion six.

Mungai’s victory came just 24 hours after his team mate Rayton Okwiri earned his place in the round of 16 with victory over Russian Andrei Zamkovoi.

Mungai will now face Joahnys Argilagos of Cuba in quarter finals tomorrow at 5pm.

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Meanwhile, national Rugby sevens team is confident of bringing home a medal from Rio, Olympics. Head coach Benjamin Ayimba said the team will be looking to replicate their historic performance at the eighth leg of the HSBC World Series in Singapore when they won their maiden Main Cup title.

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The team is in Group ‘C’ with Great Britain, New Zealand, and Japan and they will face Britain in their first Preliminary match Tuesday evening at 6pm before taking on New Zealand at 11:30pm.

They will then wrap their preliminary campaign when they face Japan at 6:00pm tomorrow at the Deodoro Stadium.

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Meanwhile, the 2016 Rio Olympic Games entered its fourth day Tuesday in Brazil and Kenyans are full of praises to the games broadcast rights holder Kenya Broadcasting Corporation for its unmatched broadcast of the quadrennial games live from Rio.

The local, broadcaster was on the streets promoting the 2 weeks sporting extravaganza that has over 11 thousand athletes participating in 28 sports disciplines.

The KBC team handed out branded merchandise that included pens and t-shirts to motorists who also praised Channels one’s live broadcasts.

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Kenya will be represented by 80 athletes all gunning to improve the country’s record at the previous edition of the games in London where Kenya only managed two gold medals.

The games have already started on a high note for Kenya with two of its 3 boxers at the games Rayton Okwiri and Peter Mungai cruising to the round of 16 after winning their preliminary bouts.

Kenya’s third boxer Benson Gicharu is set to step to the ring against Mongolioan opponent Wednesday.

 

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