Kennedy St-Pierre

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Kennedy St-Pierre
Personal information
NationalityMauritian
Born (1992-10-23) 23 October 1992 (age 26)
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Sport
SportBoxer

Kennedy St-Pierre (born 23 October 1992) is a Mauritian boxer who represented Mauritius at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, where he competed in the men's heavyweight competition. He is a two time African Games gold medalist (one in the middleweight division and one in the heavyweight division) and a one time Commonwealth Games silver medalist (in the light heavyweight division). St-Pierre has also competed in another Commonwealth Games and an African Boxing Olympic Qualification Tournament.

Competition[edit]

St-Pierre's debut at an international sporting competition was at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Dehli, India. He reached the quarterfinals of the men's welterweight competition before losing 13–1 to Carl Hield of the Bahamas.[2] St-Pierre then competed in the 2011 African Games which was held in Maputo, Mozambique.[2] St-Pierre competed in, and won, the men's middleweight competition.[2] He beat Algerian Saad Kaddous in the final.[2] At the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, St-Pierre competed in the men's light heavyweight competition.[3] He beat David Akankolim of Ghana, Australian Jordan Samardali and Welshman Nathan Thorley to reach the final of the competition.[2] In the final, he lost 3–0 to New Zealander David Nyika and, therefore, claimed the silver medal.[2] He was one of only two Mauritian medalists at the game, with female Judoka Annabelle Laprovidence the other.[4] St-Pierre than competed in the 2015 African Games in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo.[2] St-Pierre won a gold medal in the men's heavyweight competition, beating Nigerian Efetobor Wesley Apochi in the final.[2]

2016 Summer Olympics[edit]

St-Pierre qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil by reaching the final of his event the 2016 African Boxing Olympic Qualification Tournament.[5] He beat Algerian Chouaib Bouloudinat 2–1 in the final of the men's −91 kg competition.[5] He said after qualifying that "I wasn’t feeling so fresh after my quarter-final and didn’t box my best today, but I am happy that I won the bout and achieved an Olympic quota place. I could not fight in London 2012 but I will be there in Rio de Janeiro, and that has been my sole target over the last four years."[6] At the Rio games, St-Pierre competed in the men's heavyweight competition.[5] After receiving a bye in the round of 32, St-Pierre drew Bouloudinat for the round of 16.[7] St-Pierre won the fight 2–1 to progress to the quarterfinals.[7] In the quarterfinals, St-Pierre lost 3–0 to Vasily Levit of Kazakhstan and was therefore eliminated from the competition.[7] The event was won by Russian Evgeny Tishchenko, who beat Levit 3–0 in the final.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kennedy St-Pierre". Rio 2016. Archived from the original on 8 November 2016. Retrieved 8 November 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "KENNEDY ST. PIERRE – 81 KG". International Boxing Association (amateur). Retrieved 8 November 2016.
  3. ^ "Boxing". Glasgow 2014. Retrieved 8 November 2016.
  4. ^ "Medalists". Glasgow 2014. Retrieved 8 November 2016.
  5. ^ a b c "Tense box-offs and thrilling gold-medal matches on penultimate day to remember of African Olympic Qualifying". International Boxing Association (amateur). 19 March 2016. Retrieved 8 November 2016.
  6. ^ "Weekend's finalists confirmed as first boxers from African Olympic qualification event secure quota places for Rio". International Boxing Association (amateur). 18 March 2016. Retrieved 8 November 2016.
  7. ^ a b c d "Men's Heavy (91kg) – Standings". Rio 2016. Archived from the original on 8 October 2016. Retrieved 8 November 2016.

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