Kenyan flyweight boxer Benson Njangiru became the first casualty to wave goodbye to the ongoing London Olympics. Njangiru, 27 was shown the door by an eighteen- year old Egyptian boxer Abdelaal Hesham, in a heated three-round clash. The Commonwealth silver medalist will blame the second round for the exit when he allowed Hesham to “punch him up” after settling for 6:6 draw in the first round.

Hoping to set the pace for other boxers, Njangiru failed to capitalize in the third round and when Hesham was declared the winner, Njangiru became the first Kenyan to bow out of the competition.Hesham beat Njangiru 19-16 (points) to qualify for the next round.

With representatives in different categories, Kenyans have cast all their nets in athletics with the likes of David Rudisha and Ezekiel Kemboi expected to cause ripples in UK.

Today all eyes will be on The Dunford Brothers as they aim at adding more accolades to their tally of medals in the swimming arena. David Dunford is expected to fly the Kenyan flag in men’s 100M Butterfly likely to take place in the afternoon.

David ,whose brother Jason pranced inside the Olympic Stadium holding the Kenyan flag aloft in the absence of the team’s captain David Rudisha during the opening ceremony, has vowed to win a gold medal in the competition, after sharing stage with Rowan Atkinson, popularly known as Mr Bean.

He will be in Heat 5 competing against Ivan Lender (Serbia), Jayden Hadler (Australia), Takuro Fuji (Japan), Konrad Czerniak (Poland), Steffen Deibler (Germany) Chad le Clos (South Africa) and Albert Altes Subirats (Venezuela).


The writer is a Communication and Journalism student, Moi University.


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