The Chadian recurve mixed team of Martine Abaifouta Hallas Maria and Israel Madaye were crowned African champions on Sunday 12 November after beating Cote d’Ivoire in the gold medal final at the 2023 African Archery Championships at the Nabeul Rugby Stadium in Nebeul, Tunisia, from 7 to 12 November, 2023.
Chad took the first two sets against the Ivorian pair of Esmei Diombo and Franck Eyeni, only to fall away in the next two to force the shoot off. Chad found a ten and an eight, it was enough to secure a win and a ticket to Paris 2024.
With the Olympic spots unexpectedly decided in the previous day’s competition, after a career-best performance for Egypt’s recurves, the finals were a more relaxed affair focusing on crowning the continental champions.
In windy conditions, the women’s individual was an all-Egyptian affair between teammates Jana Ali and Rana Kamel, which Ali ran away with 7-1.
Jacqueline Coetzee took home compound gold for Namibia.
The friendly continental competition has been an insightful step on the road to Paris 2024. Hopefully archery will continue to develop in Africa and will make a return to the African Games soon.
Champions at the 2023 African Archery Championships
Recurve women: Jana Ali, Egypt
Compound women: Jacqueline Coetzee, Namibia
Recurve women team: Egypt
Recurve mixed team: Chad
Compound mixed team: Zimbabwe
Photo Caption: he Chadian recurve mixed team of Martine Abaifouta Hallas Maria and Israel Madaye were crowned African champions on Sunday 12 November after beating Cote d’Ivoire in the gold medal final at the 2023 African Archery Championships in Nebeul, Tunisia. Photo: World Archery on Facebook