Days 6 and 7 of Rio 2016 saw plenty more Algerian athletes in action, so let’s take an in-depth look at how they all got on.
The track and field events are underway and it has been a fantastic start for the Algerian runners. The heats for the 800m took place and all three Algerian athletes made it through to the semi-finals. Yassine Hathat qualified with a time of 1:46.81, Taoufik Makhloufi with 1:49.17 and Amine Belferar clocking up 1:48.40.
It has been a disappointing couple of days for the Algerian judo delegation. Lyes Bouyacoub won his first match but lost his second one, whilst Mohammed Tayeb was also eliminated in his second match of the competition in the 100kg section after losing to eventual gold medallist Teddy Riner. Flag bearer Sonia Asselah has also been eliminated after being beaten by China’s Yu Song.
In the men’s light welterweight, Abdelkader Chadi lost a very close fight to Brazil’s Joedson Teixeira by two rounds to one. Abdelhafid Benchabla beat Albert Ramirez of Venezuela in the light heavyweight section and is through to the quarter-finals. Reda Benbaziz was so close to making the semi-finals but he lost to his Mongolian counterpart in the 60kg phase. Ilyas Abbadi was also knocked out in his Round of 16 clash.
The men’s 50m freestyle saw swimmer Oussama Sahnoune come 25th with a time of 22.27 seconds but unfortunately it was not quite quick enough to make the final.
Hamza Bouras (men’s) and Katia Belabas (women’s) continued on with their races in the RS:X windsurfing competition and completed their final events. Bouras came 36th and Belabas came 34th so both will not be sailing for medals. Imane Sahraoui also competed in the laser radial and has a few races left.
Our favorite rowers, Sid Boudina and Amina Rouba, have both made it to the D section of the single sculls final. Although both can no longer win a medal, they will be playing for their final rank position after finishing with times of 7:37.19 and 8:22.34 in the D section semi-finals.