Kenyan boxers Peter Mungai and Benson Gicharu have bowed out of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Kenya’s light flyweight boxer Mungai’s dream ended when he suffered a unanimous 3-0 (27-30, 27-30 and 26-30) decision to World champion 19-year-old Joahnys Argilagos of Cuba in the quarter-finals. Two days ago, Mungai, 35, pounded his way to the quarterfinal after he outclassed Lyv Bin of China in a split 2-1 decision in their boxing contest.
Gicharu who is the Commonwealth Games silver medalist was eliminated by Mongolian, Tsendbaatar Erdenebat in a bantamweight bout. The three judges awarded Erdenebat a unanimous points victory of 29-28, 30-26 and 29-28 in the round of 16.
Kenya’s boxing coach Morris Maina said the second round knock down affected his boxer in the fight. Gicharu was floored with a left hook that opened a deep cut above his right eyebrow after letting down his guard in the second minute of the second round.
With Gicharu and Mungai out, Kenya Prisons officer Rayton Okwiri is Kenya’s sole flagbearer in the ring afterWednesday’s bouts. The 30-year-old will fight Mohammed Rabii of Morocco on Thursday evening for a place in the quarter-finals. Okwiri stunned Russia’s London 2012 bronze medallist Andrei Zamkovoi on a split decision in their welterweight contest to qualify for the quarter finals.