GOLD COAST, Australia- Women Flyweight (51kg) boxing sensation, Christine ‘Mamushka’ Ongare, is assured of a medal at Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games after sailing to the semifinals on Wednesday in emphatic fashion.
At an event that has been an unfolding nightmare for Team Kenya thus far, Ongare is in line to become the first exponent outside track and field to bag her country a medal at the Club Games after knocking out her opponent cold.
Ongare punched her ticket in style when she sent Sri Lankan pugilist, Jayasinghe Dulani, sprawling to the canvas twice in the second of the scheduled three round contest forcing the referee Valeri Pastuhov of Republic of Moldova to stop the fight to award the Kenyan victory.
“I thank God I have made it. I badly wanted a medal in this tournament. I will keep the same focus in my semi on Friday. My plan is to take one fight at a time and the strategy has been working,” the Commonwealth Games debutante gushed.
The five judges; Atsuo Fujisaku (Japan), Sid Mokretari (Algeria), Mark Williams (Wales), Jonathan Wolper (United States) and Frank Fiacco (Canada) unanimously awarded the first round to Dulani.
That put Ongare on the ropes and she responded by sending her opponent down twice in the second to end the contest with the question now being the hue of the medal she will collect in Gold Coast.
“We are happy for this victory, at least we will go back home with something. I’m confident Ongare will make it to the final. She has the capability. We are going to rectify some of her mistakes ahead of her next fight,” Kenya boxing coach, Patrick Maina, underscored.
Ongare will box Carly McNaul of Northern Ireland in the semis where the winner will be assured of a silver medal and the loser settling for bronze.
McNaul stopped Ayisat Oriyomi of Nigeria who threw in the towel in the opening round in a fight that lasted only a minute and 51 seconds.
Ongare is the only Kenyan pugilist still in competition in Gold Coast with 10 of her teammates; including Olympians, Elizabeth Andiego and Benson Gicharu and Africa champion, Nick Okoth, eliminated.
Flyweight Quarterfinal results
1. Christine Ongare (Kenya) won on RSC against Jayasinghe Dulani (Sri Lanka)
2.Carly McNaul (Northern Ireland) won against Ayisat Oriyomi (Nigeria)
3.Lisa Whiteside (England) won 3-2 against Pinki Rani (India)
Semi-final fixtures on Friday
1.Christine Ongare (Kenya) vs Carly McNaul (Northern Ireland)
2.Lisa Whiteside (England) vs Taylah Robertson (Australia)