AT the 34th African Senior Championships in Maputo, Mozambique last week, the Libyan Judo Federation added another medal to the nine won at the Arab championships when Mohamed Elkawesah won the bronze through Mohamed Elkawesah in the 60Kg category.
However, considering the strength of the field, made up of 123 athletes from 27 nations, and the reputation these championships, enjoy, as being regarded much stronger than the event for Arab countries, the LJF and the four Libyan judokas represented the country should in no way not feel disappointed.
This medal brongs the total won in the last two international events to 10.
Libya’s reputation suffered no setback. At the senior level Libya was represented by Mohamed Elkawesah (60 kg) Ahmed Elkawesah (66 kg), Mohamed Abdul Naser (73kg) and Mohamed Ellafi ( 81 kg).
If anything, Mohamed Elkawesah can take pride in making up for his loss in the Arab Championships where he failed to get among the medal winners by getting a bronze in the latest event. It is no mean feat.
His category was won by Morocco’s Yassine Moudatir.
Mohamed started with a defeat against Tunisia’s Fraj Dhoubi in the preliminary, and then in the Repechage beat Janeiro Chan Ling of Madagascar and Preston Davids of South Africa. He also beat and another South Africa, Daniel Le Grande in the fight for third place.
In the 66kg division, Libya’s Ahmed Yousef Elkawiseh finished ninth overall after winning his preliminaries against Swaziland's Bhekisisa Mahlaela and Togo’s Frederic Adebayo Olympio, but then losing in the Repechage against Algeria’s Ahmed Mohammedi and South Africa’s Siyabulela Mabulu.
In the 73kg division, Libya’s Mohamed Abdulnasr also finished ninth after first beating Ivory Coast’s Patrick Dabo Serge in the preliminary stage and then losing his bouts in the Repechage against Ragheb Karchoud (Tunisia) and Emmanuel Nartey (Ghana)
Libya’s other judoka, Mohamed Ellafi in the 81kg division failed to classify. He lost both his preliminary bouts and was knocked out of the competition.