Egypt, Namibia and South Africa win Youth Olympic places at African qualifier

Archers from Egypt, South Africa and Namibia won quota places to the upcoming Youth Olympic Games in Argentina by making the final of the archery events at the 2018 African Youth Games in Algiers, Algeria.

Egyptian athletes Israa Yassen and Bahaaeldin Aly made the finals in the girl’s and boy’s competitions.

Their opponents Wian Roux, of South Africa, and Namibia’s top seed Quinn Reddig also qualified places for their nations with gold medal match berths.

Places won by an archer are assigned to their national governing body, who chooses whether that quota spot is accepted and, subsequently, which athlete will attend the Youth Olympic Games.

As well as qualifying two spots, Egypt also set a world record in Algiers.

The World Archery executive board introduced mixed team qualification records ahead of the Hyundai Archery World Cup stage in Berlin, Germany.

Nada Azzam and Youssof Tolba’s combined qualification score of 1252 out of a possible 1440 points is the first recurve cadet mixed team ranking round record.

Competition concludes at the African Youth Games with the medal matches on 21 July.

The third edition of the Youth Olympic Games takes place in Buenos Aires, Argentina in October 2018.