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Egypt’s Hossam Bakr wins gold at 2015 African Boxing Championship
Egypt had four finalists at the AIBA African Boxing Championship in Casablanca, but veteran Hossam Bakr was the only Egyptian who managed to take home gold following his triumph in the middleweight division (75 kg).
Middleweight boxer Bakr was triumphant in the semi-final after defeating Tunisia’s London 2012 Olympian Yahya Elmekachari. In the final held on Sunday, the Egyptian defeated Botswana champion Zibani Chikanda 3-0 to claim the title.
In the light heavyweight division (81 kg), Abdulrahman Salah Araby won the silver medal after losing to Algerian champion Abdelhafid Benchabla 3-0. Araby had qualified after defeating Botswana’s African Zonal Champion Thabang Motsewabeng 3-0.
Another Egyptian was runner-up in his division, Walid Sedik Mohamed. Walid walked over to the welterweight (69 kg) final after his Tunisian opponent Mohamed Amine Meskini forfeited the match after picking up an injury. Sedik claimed the silver medal after being defeated 3-0 in the final by Moroccan champion Mohammad Rabii.
The fourth and final Egyptian to come out with a medal was Mahmoud Abdelaal. Abdelaal qualified to the lightweight division (60 kg) after eliminating Tunisia’s heavyweight champion 3-0, but was defeated in the final by the same scoreline by Algerian champion Reda Benbaziz.
All four boxers have qualified to the World Boxing Championship that will take place in Qatar in October. It’s worth mentioning that the first three in each division will qualify to the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.