The only non-track and field Kenyan athlete yet to compete at this Olympics is female boxer Elizabeth Andiego.
Andiego’s moment comes today when she takes on middleweight opponent, Khazakstan’s Volnova Marina, in the 75kg category inside the Excel Centre’s Northern Wing.
“People have almost forgotten her, but she is keeping well and studying fights here in great detail,” Patrick ‘Mont’ Waweru told FeverPitch.
Andiego’s Olympic debut survived a major test when she fell ill last week, but quickly recovered after intervention by Kenya’s medical team and the support from the Olympics Village Polyclinic staff.
“She apparently had a food poisoning, but our doctors worked hard and in consultation with the Village Polyclinic, treated her and she is very fit,” Peter Angwenyi, Team Kenya Media Liaison, told FeverPitch here.
The only other boxer, Benson Gicharu, was eliminated on Monday by Egyptian Abdulahi Asham in the 52kg category, much to the chagrin of the public who thought the popular Kenyan had an upper hand.
Swimming brothers Jason and David Dunford were eliminated. Weight lifter Mercy Obiero also joined the other Kenyans on the terraces to cheer up the athletes.
Elsewhere adds AP, A few hours after the USA men’s boxing team thought its London Olympics were over, amateur boxing’s governing body decided Errol Spence deserved to fight on.
The AIBA overturned Spence’s loss to Indian welterweight Krishan Vikas late Friday night, five hours after the defence-minded Vikas had apparently clutched and grabbed his way to a 13-11 victory.
After the American team protested the result, AIBA’s competition jury reviewed the bout and ruled Vikas had committed nine holding fouls in the third round alone. He also intentionally spat out his mouthpiece in the second round.