Malawi’s top archer Areneo David will compete at next month’s 2020 Tokyo Olympics after earning a slot via his third ranking in Africa.
According to the World Archery Federation’s website, David is third with a rating of 17.8 whereas Egyptian Youssof Tolba leads the chart with 33.325. His compatriot Sherif Mohamed is second with 30.5.
Mohamed Hammed of Tunisia is fourth with 15.3 while Mujahid Adam of Sudan is fifth with 13.3.
David said he was excited that he would make it to Olympics courtesy of his rank.
“It shows that what I have been doing has paid off. Of course, I could have loved if my qualification was automatic but my preparations were affected by the pandemic [coronavirus]. You might recall that I returned home after our camping was suspended due to restrictions,” he said.
David is one of the local athletes who benefitted from the Olympic Solidarity Scholarship towards Olympic Games qualifiers.
He won some medals in international events but he enhanced his growing reputation when he won a gold medal during the Fita Open competition in Switzerland last year.
The 24-year-old athlete also won a silver medal in an 18m indoor championship in the same country last year.
Currently, David and Harriet Boniface of Judo are Malawian athletes who will likely make the trip.
Athlete of the moment Asimenye Simwaka is also likely to be included in Malawi’s delegation for Olympics, having improved her record. She also won two gold medals during the Cameroon National Championship a fortnight ago.
Malawi’s delegation for Olympics will be known before this weekend.