The African Olympic Qualification Tournament concluded today ©WTF

Ghofran Zaki became the third Egyptian taekwondo player to qualify for Rio 2016 after finishing first in the men’s 68 kilograms category at the African Olympic Qualification Tournament in Agadir City, Morocco.

Zaki defeated Senegal’s Balla Dieye 2-1 in the final with the top two ranked athletes in each weight division securing a place at this summer’s Olympic Games.

The 23-year-old, who beat Morocco’s Faical Saidi and the Central African Republic’s David Boui in the quarter-finals and semi-finals respectively, follows in the footsteps of fellow Egyptians Hedaya Malak and Seham Elsawalhy.

Malak qualified automatically as she is ranked among the top six players in the Olympic ranking, while Elsawalhy came second in yesterday’s women’s under 67kg competition, losing out to Ivory Coast’s Ruth Gbagbi.

gypt's Seham Elsawalhy secured her place at Rio 2016 yesterday
Egypt's Seham Elsawalhy secured her place at Rio 2016 yesterday ©Getty Images

Elsewhere, there was success for the host nation as Morocco's Hakima El-Meslahy won the women's under 57kg event to earn a Rio berth along with Tunisia's defeated finalist Rahma Ben Ali.

In the women's over 67kg, Ivory Coast's Mamina Kone was victorious with runner-up Wiam Dislam of Morocco also qualifying, while under 80kg men's gold went to Tunisia's Oussama Oueslati.

Mali's Ismael Coulibaly was the runner-up, and also earns a Rio berth.

Eighty-four athletes spanning 29 countries are due to compete in the two-day event.

As well as Malak, two other African fighters secured a Rio 2016 spot on the World Taekwondo Federation's Olympic ranking lists for 2015.

They were Ivorian under 80kg fighter Cheick Cissé and Gabon's 2013 over 80kg world champion Anthony Obame.

“The African Qualification Tournament was a fantastic event and really demonstrated just how strong taekwondo is in Africa," said World Taewkondo Federation President Chungwon Choue.

“With more than 40 countries having already secured qualification places at Rio 2016, this year’s Olympic Games is set to be a fantastic event for taekwondo and build on the great success of London 2012.

"There are few other sports which can boast such strong and diverse participation and I am sure in Rio this year our exceptional athletes will showcase all the drama and excitement of our global sport.”