26 Aug 2019 12:00pm
By Hesron Kapanga
RABAT, 26 AUG (NAMPA) Namibias Commonwealth Games gold medallist Junias Jonas reached the semi-finals of the 64 kilogram (kg) lightweight boxing category at the African Games (AG) on Sunday evening.
The Namibian boxer who in the past won a silver medal at the 2015 AG held in Congo Brazzaville, beat Wahid Abdul Omar of Ghana with a 4-1 score line from the five judges.
Before his quarter-final fight with Omar the fast punching Namibian boxer beat Ramadan Abdelkawi of Egypt 5-0 in the preliminary rounds and then went on to beat Alseny Sylla of Guinea in the round of 16 also with a 5-0 score.
Jonas will now fight Abdelhaq Nadir of Morocco in the semi-finals which is slated for Tuesday evening at the Al Amal Indoor Sports Center in Rabat.
Another Namibian boxer still left in the competition is Tryagain Ndevelo who got a bypass in the preliminary rounds of the 57kg featherweight.
Ndevelo progressed to the next round of the championships after defeating Anani Hounkpatin of Togo with a 5-0 score to book himself a quarterfinal fight with a Zambian boxer Everisto Mulenga on Monday.
Other athletes also competing at the AG is the Namibian shooting team of Hendrik Roos, Frans Venter and Ian Kriel who started off their competition with an impressive performance in trap men on 75 targets and trap men on 75 targets minimum qualification score (MQS).
Out of the 14 shooters from eight countries competing in the trap men competition on 75 targets the Namibian duo of Roos and Venter finished seventh and ninth respectively.
Ross had a score of 61 shots while Venter had 59 shots out of the 75 targets.
Younes Ali Haj of Morocco finished top on the score board with a score of 74 shots from the 75 targets while Ahmed Kamar of Egypt was second with a score of 73 while Algerias Fouad Abid locked up took third spot also with a score of 73 shots.
In the MQS event Kriel finished in second position on day one with a score of 66 shots while first position went to Algerias Bilal Chabane who shot 73 targets and Abdelmounaim Bouain of Morocco finished third with a score of 65 shots.
The trap men finals will be contested for on Monday morning and afternoon at the Les Chênes Club Arjat in Sale, Morocco.