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Varsity student eyes good show in Tokyo Olympics

Tuesday February 25 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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The 2019 African Games Taekwondo silver medallist Faith Ogalo says her toughest task started when she qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Ogalo booked her Tokyo berth on Sunday during the Africa qualifiers in Rabat, Morocco, after she outclassed Florence Eldgima from Chad 27-21 in the final of the heavyweight category.

Speaking in Nairobi, Ogalo said that she was now focusing on how she will prepare for the Summer Games.

“This is really a great opportunity and a dream come true for me,” said Ogalo. “It was my toughest ever final but my fierce approach made the difference.” Ogalo, a third year social work student at Kibabii University, Bungoma, praised her teammates, coaches and Taekwondo Federation of Kenya for their support.

She promised to repay their kindness with a good show in Tokyo. “I hope to give my best shot ever and ensure Kenya go places.”

Three other Kenyans Newton Maliro (heavyweight) and Edwin Lemiso (featherweight) in the men's category and Evelyn Aluoch (welterweight) in the women’s category failed to qualify for Tokyo.

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The last time Kenya qualified athletics in this version of martial arts was during the 2008 Beijing Games where Milka Akinyi and Dickson Wamwiri represented the country.

Para player Peter Kaban was due to fight for a place in the men's lightweight contest.

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