Romania increased their lead in the overall medals table with table tennis success ©Kinshasa 2023

Romania secured the first table tennis gold of this year’s Francophone Games as they continue to rake in medals in Kinshasa.

Andrei-Eduard Ionescu and Elena-Adriana Zaharia guided Romania to the mixed team title with victory over Tunisians Youssef Ben Attia and Fadwa Garci at the National Police Center in the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Romania got off to a good start when Ionescu overcame Ben Attia 11-7, 11-5, 9-11, 11-8.

The gold medal was then sealed when Zaharia defeated Garci 11-5, 11-7, 11-7.

Romania have had a terrific Games so far as they lead the overall medal standings with seven golds, two silvers and four bronzes largely thanks to their success in freestyle wrestling at the Tata Raphael Stadium.

Cătălina Axente - a two-time European bronze medallist - became one of the latest Romanian wrestlers to strike gold when she defeated Ivory Coast’s Amy Youin 7-0 in the women’s 76 kilograms final.

Elena-Adriana Zaharia helped Romania win the mixed team table tennis title ©Kinshasa 2023
Elena-Adriana Zaharia helped Romania win the mixed team table tennis title ©Kinshasa 2023

Maria Larisa Nitu also clinched gold for Romania courtesy of her 10-0 win over Canada’s Nyla Raeleen Burgess in the women’s 72kg final.

There was delight for hosts DR Congo as Aron Mbo beat France’s Askerkhan Mokhamad Khounkaev 6-2 to seal the men’s 96kg crown.

DR Congo could have had another gold only for Reagan Mbo Mabuba to lose 10-0 to Senegal’s Modou Faye in the men’s 125kg final.

Katie Nichole Mulkay of Canada got the better of Cameroon’s Berthe Emillene Etane Ngolle, winning 4-0 to capture women’s 68kg gold.

Cameroon tasted success when Cedric Abossolo claimed a 10-0 win over Romania’s Mihai Nicolae Palaghia to secure the men’s 92kg title.

It was also the first day of athletics action where Cameroon’s Norrah Lemongo Nkoulou was among the gold medallists.

Lemongo Nkoulou was crowned women's shot put champion with a throw of 14.99 metres.

She overcame compatriot Monie Nora Atim who registered 14.74m for silver, while Mali’s Nassira Kona reached 12.26m for bronze.

Djibouti enjoyed a one-two in the men's 10,000m final ©Kinshasa 2023
Djibouti enjoyed a one-two in the men's 10,000m final ©Kinshasa 2023

The men’s hammer throw title was won by Jean Ian Carre of Mauritius with an impressive throw of 52.50m.

Romeo Manzila-Mahambou of Republic of Congo came second with 30.76m, while DR Congo’s Gedeon Kalonda Nyandwe bagged bronze with 28.18.

Moumin Bouh Guelleh topped a Djibouti one-two to win the men’s 10,000m title in a time of 28min 47.15sec.

Compatriot Dirieh Djamal Abdi finished in 28:50.31 for silver, while Morocco’s Mohcin Outalha sealed bronze in 28:55.48.

Morocco enjoyed a clean sweep in the women’s shot put F40-41 final.

Youssra Karim led the way with 8.90m to beat Hayat El Garaa and Ibtissam El Garaa who registered 8.07 and 7.08 respectively for the other two podium spots.

Competition is due to continue tomorrow with medals set to be awarded in athletics and Para athletics.