Judo Sport

Punza, 5, others eliminated

STEPHEN PHIRI, Brazzaville
EXPERIENCED campaigner Mathews Punza and five other judokas were yesterday eliminated from the All-Africa Games.
And 100m runner Lumeka Katundu was yesterday disqualified for false start.
Punza was in control of the 66kg category fight but ran out of energy in the last 16 seconds allowing Harnold Koussou of Gabon to qualify for the quarter-finals.
Punza, who is based in Uzbekistan, was too strong for Koussou from the start.
The Gabonese gained strength towards the end and eliminated Punza.
Punza beat Faysal Traore of Burundi in the first round.
Victor Syamwampe went down to Thomas Mlungu of Tanzania in the 73kg category.
Joshua Nyondo, who competes in the -60kg category, lost to Garcia Pedro of Angola in the second round.
Abigail Chindele (48kg) lost to Oyama Enie Elsa of Congo Brazzaville in the quarter-finals.
Naomi Zungu went down to Ratiba Tariket of Algeria in the 57kg category so was -63kg envoy Lestina Syapeya to Tunisia’s Meriem Bjaoui.
National Judo coach Moola Lipimile expressed disappointment especially with the elimination of Punza.
“Punza was in control of the fight until the last 16 seconds and this is disappointing. He could have controlled the fight,” Lipimile said.
Meanwhile, 100m specialist Brian Kasinda finished first with 10.31 seconds at par with Seye Ogunlewe of Nigeria to qualify for the semi-finals.
Kasinda was in heat three.
In heat two, 100m Sydney Siame raced to second position with 10.35 seconds while the winner Oghene Egwero of Nigeria clocked 10.25 seconds.
Another 100m runner Titus Kafunda finished sixth with 10.58 seconds in heat one won by Youssef Meite of Ivory Coast on 10.21 seconds.


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