Boxing and athletics are a hit!

The 6th day of the Mediterranean Games JM-2022 in Oran (June 25 – July 6), held on Friday, allowed Algeria to enrich its medal collection with six new gold pendants won thanks to boxing and athletics, while the Women’s national handball and 3×3 basketball teams were eliminated at the end of the second day of the first round.

The boxing final, eagerly awaited by lovers of fine arts and held at the Palais des Expositions in Hai M’dina J’dida, drew large crowds. No fewer than ten finals involving Algerians, men and women, were on the agenda on this last day of the discipline.

Of the four dedicated boxers, Imane Khelif (63kg), Hadjila Khelif (60kg) and Boualem Roumaïssa (-48kg) managed to climb to the top step of the podium. On the other hand, Ichrak Chaib (66 kg) opted for the silver medal.

“It’s a victory for all Algerians and my father who supported me in difficult times. I am very moved. I am very proud to belong to this country that deserves all the sacrifices without forgetting the public of Oran,” Imane Khelif told APS after their fight.

In the men, Yahia Abdelli (63 kg) and Jugurtha Ait-Bekka (69 kg) saved the Algerian participation in men’s boxing and won the gold medal.

On the other hand, the disappointment was great for Mohamed Said Hamani (91 kg), Mohamed Houmri (81 kg), Younes Nemouchi (75 kg) and Oussama Mordjane (57 kg), who could not conquer gold and were content with silver medals.

At the athletics competitions, held at the Miloud-Hadefi Olympic Complex, Algerian jumper Bilal Afer caused the sensation of the day by winning the Vermeil medal in the high-altitude competition, crossing a bar at 2.24m the Syrian Majdeddine Ghazal (2.22 m) and his compatriot Hichem Bouhanoune (2.22 m).

For his part, hurdler Abdelmalik Lahoulou took the bronze medal in the 400m hurdles, finishing with a time of 48.87 behind Turkey’s gold medalist Yasmani Escobar with a time (48.27) and France’s Ludvy Vaillant (48.83).

In judo, Bouamar Mustapha and Yasser Belrakaa Mohamed Sofiane (-100 kg and +100 kg) were content with the silver medal. Bouamar was beaten by Spaniard Sharazadishvili in the final, while Belrakaa lost out to Slovenia’s Dracic.

In the swimming center of the Miloud-Hadefi Olympic Complex, the Algerian swimmers did not shine on the first day of the swimming competitions. Jaouad Syoud (50m butterfly) and Abdallah Ardjoune (100m backstroke) finished their respective finals in last place.

In the men’s 4x200m freestyle relay final, Algeria also finished last out of four participating nations.

Amel Melih failed to qualify for the 50m freestyle final and finished 9th overall in qualifying, as did her teammate Nesrine Medjahed, who finished 14th in 26 seconds 15. The other Algerians who competed on that opening day were eliminated, such as Ramzi Chouchar and Moncef Balamane in the 200m breaststroke. The same fate met swimmers Djihane Benchadli and Lilia Midouni in the 200m butterfly, Imène Zitouni and Rania Nefsi (400m individual medley).

All Algerians involved in the sport shooting competitions held at the Hassi Ben Ojba Shooting Center were eliminated in the qualification. In the men’s category (10m pistol shooting), Amine Adjabi placed 13th (563.0 pts), while Tayeb Mehali placed 17th (547.0 pts). In the women (10 m compressed air) Houda Chaâbi took 12th place (622.9 points), followed by Inssaf Hamdani in 18th place (611.6 points).

In team sports, the women’s national handball team dropped out of first place after the defeat against Croatia (31:21) on the 2nd day (Gr.A). This is the second setback suffered by the National Seven after being beaten by Spain (26-20) on Thursday. Coach Rabah Graïchi’s players will console themselves with the placement game.

The same fate befell the women’s 3×3 national basketball team, who were eliminated after losing to Portugal (13-15). This is the second loss of the Algerian basketball players after the defeat against Serbia (7:11) on the first matchday on Thursday, when the boys qualified for the quarterfinals, and they face Spain late on Saturday evening.

Finally, the national show jumping selection took fourth place in the team competitions, which were held at the “Etrier Oranais” riding facility. The Algerian drivers missed bronze by one bar after facing Turkey in the play-offs.

DZfoot with APS

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