South Africa’s Geronay Whitebooi delighted the home crowd by claiming the women’s under-48 kilograms gold medal on the opening day of the African Senior Judo Championships in Cape Town.
Whitebooi beat Algeria’s Hadjer Mecerem in the final at Cape Town University's Indoor Sports Hall.
The bronze medals went to Tunisia’s Oumaima Bedioui and Mauritius’ Priscilla Morand.
Today’s two other female winners were Guinea-Bissau’s Taciana Cesar at under-52kg and Tunisia’s Ghofran Khelifi at under-57kg.
Cesar defeated Morocco’s Soumiya Iraoui in her final, while Khelifi overcame Egypt’s Lamiaa Alzenan.
Ivory Coast’s Salimata Fofana and Algeria’s Meriem Moussa were the under-52kg bronze medallists.
Rounding off the under-57kg podium were Algeria’s Yamina Halata and Angola’s Diassonema Mucungui.
There was also success for Tunisia in the men’s under-60kg category, which saw Fraj Dhouibi beat Cameroon’s Bernadin Tsala Tsala in the final.
The bronze medals went to Algeria’s Salim Rabahi and Morocco’s Younes Saddiki.
Today’s one other gold medallist was Egypt’s Mohamed Abdelmawgoud in the men’s under-66kg division.
He defeated Morocco’s Imad Bassou in the final.
Egypt’s Ahmed Abelrahman and Guinea-Bissau’s Diogo César were the bronze medallists.
Action is due to continue tomorrow.
Medals will be awarded in the men’s under-73kg and under-81kg categories, and women’s under-63kg and under-70kg.