The 2011 All Africa Games bronze medalist Kenya’s Rayton Okwiri Nduku advanced to the Round of 32 of the men’s welterweight 69kg division at the Rio 2016 Olympics.
Okwiri outpointed Russia’s Andrei Zamkovoi 2-1 on points to advance into the next round of the Olympic Games.
Two judges gave Okwiri the fight 29-28 after three closely contested rounds with the third scoring 28-29 to the Russian to hand the Kenyan the narrow victory.
The two judges scored the rounds 9-10, 10-9, 10-9 with the third giving 9-10, 9-10, 10-9 as the Kenyan edged his Russian opponent who was among the 11 boxers from the country cleared to compete in Rio 2016.
Kenya Prisons officer Okwiri was buoyed by cheers from the largely Brazilian crowd who shouted Kenya! Kenya!” while booing the few Russian chanting supporters.
Okwiri confirmed his place for the Summer Games in March during the Africa Olympic Qualifiers in Yaoundé, Cameroon where he defeated Azumah Mohameed of Ghana 3-0 to clinch gold in.
Benson Gicharu and Kenya Police constable Peter Mungai are the other Kenyan boxers in Rio.
Gicharu will trade punches with Erdenebat Tsendbaatar from Mongolia on Wednesday.