TOKYO2020: Day 3

Despite the boxers, Algeria has failed to impress in other events, as another two fencers fell on day three of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

As the day went on some more unfortunate news was revealed as athletics legend Taoufik Makhloufi was meant to be travelling to Tokyo for his upcoming events but it was revealed that he will be pulling out from the Olympic Games.

It is said that that the Algerian middle-distance runner has chosen to forfeit after suffering a knee injury. Makhloufi won the gold medal in the 1500m at London 2012 and became a double silver medallist at Rio 2016 in the 800m and 1500m.

Back to today’s events, first up was 17 years old Kaouther Belkebir in the Women’s Sabre Individual Table of 64. She suffered a heavy defeat to the more experienced Hengyu Yang of China, with a final score of 1-15.

Minutes later saw the turn of Salim Heroui in the Men’s Foil Individual Table of 64. Despite taking an early lead he lost to the hands of the Russian Vladislav Mylnikov 15-6 and confirmed the end for all four Algerian fencers who have had a disappointing time in Tokyo.

The RS:X Sailing resumed for its second day of races. Unfortunately both Algerians were unable to improve their positions on the overall standings as Hamza Bouras remained in 24th in the Men’s and Nadjet Berrichi dropped down to 26th in the women’s.

The best was left for last once again and it was undoubtedly in the boxing. Younes Nemouchi went up against fellow African David Kavuma Ssemujju of Uganda and managed to win convincingly with the judges scoring 5-0 in the Men’s Middle (69-75kg) Round of 32. Nemouchi becomes the third boxer to qualify to the next round.

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