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Varsity student seals Tokyo Olympics Tae kwon-do slot

Monday February 24 2020

Faith Ogalo (middle) with Tae Kwon-do Federation of Kenya officials Suleiman Sumba (left) and George Wesonga after winning silver at the 2019 African Games in Rabat, Morocoo. Ogallo won her bout on February 23, 2020 to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. PHIOTO | AYUMBA AYODI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Faith Ogalo (middle) with Tae Kwon-do Federation of Kenya officials Suleiman Sumba (left) and George Wesonga after winning silver at the 2019 African Games in Rabat, Morocoo. Ogallo won her bout on February 23, 2020 to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. PHIOTO | AYUMBA AYODI | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

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Kenya's Faith Ogalo has qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games in Tae kwon-do.

Ogalo, a third year student at Kibabii University, outclassed Florence Eldgima from Chad 27- 21 in the final of the heavyweight category during the Africa qualifiers on Sunday night in Rabat, Morocco.

Ogalo won silver at the African Games last year in Rabat.

Three other Kenyans Newton Maliro (heavyweight) and Edwin Lemiso (featherweight) in men's category and the other female exponent Evelyn Aluoch (Welteweight) failed to qualify after their quest ended at the semi-final of their respectively events.

Para-Tae kwon-do player Peter Kaban will be trying his luck on Monday in the men's lightweight contest.

Kenya managed to qualify one exponent out of 16 places available from Africa for the Tokyo Games. It's the first time Kenya has made it to the Olympics since the 2008 Beijing Summer Games where Milka Akinyi and Dickson Wamwiri represented the country.

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A total of 38 countries participated with Kenya, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Cote D'Ivoire, Tunisia and Gabon getting a slot each. Niger got two slots with Egypt and Morocco claiming the lion's share of four slots each.

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