Mombasa – Kenya’s Tong-Il Moo-Do national team Jasiri took their third straight title at the Mombasa Open International Championship after picking up 128 medals on Sunday night.
They led the medal scoring with 39 gold, 33 silver and 52 bronze in the three competition categories bon, sparring and special technique, as their bitter rivals the Philippines took second place with 45 medals (19 gold, 19 silver and seven bronze).
African teams took the next five spots on the medal table, including DR Congo, Zambia, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Angola and Nigeria, while Japan and Thailand rounded out the top 10.
Kenya‘s Felista Mugo was one of those to take gold after beating compatriot Salma Ali 7-0 in the middleweight final when Japanese Megumi Nabeshima took bronze home.
Mugo, who took part in the championship for the first time, was overjoyed with her victory.
“When I came to this event, I was 90 percent sure of my victory and only 10 percent unsure. You see, most of the competitors here have been doing this sport all their lives while I’ve only been training for about two months satisfied with the win, “said Mugo.
In the other results of the tournament, Jackson Kinyanjui defeated Abubakar Mwaisangu in the all-Kenyan individual sparring final and won gold in the B division welterweight.
Kelly Hanil Tshinefu from Congo Brazzaville took bronze after beating Iranian Seyed Alireza.
The win of Kinyanjui made up for the 4-3 defeat of compatriot Anthony Wafula in the welterweight A-final against the Filipino Rivier Desuyo.
Samson Mambo and Andrew Wanje got a 1-2 place for the country in the boys’ individual standings and took gold and silver, respectively, while Nigerian Ogene Ifeanyi won bronze.
The event was recognized by Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed, who praised all participants for good competition and hosting a tournament of this magnitude despite the circumstances caused by Covid-19.