A Grand Victory for African Taekwondo
5 Olympic Medals for African Champions
Cheick Salah Cisse( -80kg) , Cote d'Ivoire wins Gold, Issoufou Abdoulrazak (+80kg) , Niger seizes silver and Oussama Oueslati (-80 kg) , Tunis grabs Bronze in male categories
Hedaya Malak (-57 kg), Egypt wins Bronze and Ruth Gbagbi( -67kg) , Cote d'Ivoire grabs Bronze in female categories
On the second day of the Olympic Games in Rio , Hedaya Malak -57kg (F) from Egypt won a bronze medal , beating Rahela Asamani from Belgium in a repechage by Golden Point.
Hedaya , the first ever Egyptian female Taekwondo athlete to win a Olympic medal , had tears of joy in her eyes after scoring the Golden Point and to the joy of the crowd, performed an acrobatic show by making a wheel in front of a cheering Public.
Gen. Ahmed Fouly, WTF Vice President and AFTU President, awarded Hedaya the medal, and congratulated her on this achievement.
On the third day , Cheick Salah Cisse -80 kg (M) from Cote d'Ivoire made a historic debut for African Taekwondo. This is the first African Olympic Gold medal ever to be won , and Salah proved a worthy holder of this precious medal.
It was clear that Cisse came to Rio with one target : to win Gold. After beating Poland 8/2 , Germany 7/1 and finally Tunis 7/6, he met the British Champion in his category , Mohamed Lutalo, who proved to be not an easy opponent. In three outstandingly exciting rounds, with the Brazilian crowds clearly favoring Cisse, Salah won 8/6.
Another victory to African Taekwondo , was Tunisian player Oussama Oueslati, -80 kg who achieved an unprecedented Bronze medal for his country. He proudly received his medal from Gen. Fouly.
The second medal for Cote d'Ivoire went to a female athlete , Ruth Gbagbi -67kg , who fought herself during repechage against Azerbaijan , winning 7/2 , and grabbing a second female medal for Cote d'Ivoire. Well done, elephants!
The fourth and last day got another medal for Africa , Issoufou Abdoulrazak (+80kg) from Niger grabbed silver, after an interesting final match with Issaev Radik from Azerbaijan . The match ended 6/2 favor Radik, and Africa had one more medal to be proud of.
A first time five Olympic medals achievement for African athletes proved to all the world : AFRICA can do it!!
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR AFRICAN CHAMPIONS , and to all those who fought behind them to make our dream come true. WE ARE PROUD OF YOU ALL !!!