Algeria continues to struggle to shine on the big stage as another three athletes failed to progress in the Greco-Wrestling and in the Canoe Sprint on day 10 of the Tokyo Olympic Games.
In spite of being eliminated by the Japanese Kenechiro Fumita, Abdelkarim Fergat was given a second chance in a Repechage match against Chinese Walihan Sailike in the Men’s 60kg Greco-Wrestling.
Yet the Algerian did not take advantage thus missing the opportunity to go through where he would have been able to compete for the bronze medal, as he was bested by Sailike, who went on to win the medal.
The next Algerian to be eliminated in the wrestling was Adem Boudjemline in the 97kg category. It turned out to be an easy victory for the Iranian Mohammadhadi Saravi.
There is still hope in the wrestling as Algerian sent a total of seven to compete at the Olympic Games and tomorrow will be the turn of Abdelmalek Merabet in the 67kg category where he will take on the South Korean Hansu Ryu in the qualification stage.
Algeria was also represented today by Amira Kheris in the Women’s Kayak Single 200m. The Canoe Sprint took place at the Sea Forest Waterway which saw the Algerian fail to qualify for the semi-finals after she finished in 7th with a time of 48.306.
Though finishing last she still qualified for the quarterfinals where she would be able to try again, yet she was unable to progress as she finished once more last in eighth with a slower time of 49.412. While the first two qualified for the semi-finals, the British Deborah Kerr (42.742) and the Canadian Michelle Russell (42.940).
Amira Kheris is the only Algerian competing in the Canoe Sprint at the Tokyo Olympics and she will go again in the 500m on Wednesday.
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