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SADAT Tebazalwa crowned his Olympic qualification by winning a gold medal at the Africa Boxing Championship on Monday.
Tebazalwa outwitted Michael Medor of Mauritius in the final on Monday to take the welterweight title on a night that also had another Ugandan, Sam Rukundo, settling for silver.
The two earned places on what is now a five-man Ugandan team to Athens, by making the final.
It could not have been a better final for Scorpion boxing club fighter Tebazalwa, who had earlier failed to secure an Athens slot at qualifiers in Nigeria and Morocco.
Lightweight Rukundo was defeated by Zambiaâ€™s Ellis Chibuye.
Only one Ugandan boxer light heavyweight Tony Sekabira finished without a medal. Flyweight Martin Mubiru secured a bronze.
Africaâ€™s quota of 60 boxers for Athens was in Botswana filled by the final 18 qualifiers.
Michael Ezra, sponsor of Ugandaâ€™s boxing Olympic campaign, was among the Ugandans thrilled by his countryâ€™s performance in Gaboroneâ€™s Ditshupo hall.
â€œI just canâ€™t believe whatâ€™s happening. I wish Ugandaâ€™s national anthem is also played in Athens,â€ said the tycoon.
Ezra also showed appreciation for a job well done by coach Dick Katende with an increase in the tacticianâ€™s monthly stipend from sh 0.7m to sh1m yesterday.
â€œCoaches are usually forgotten yet they are very crucial if a team is to succeed,â€ said the sponsor.
Itâ€™s Gold For Teba