NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 24 – Hit squad skipper Nick Okoth’s hopes for an Olympic medal fell off after a tight loss to Mongolian Erdenebat Tsendbaatar in their round of 32 featherwight duel in Tokyo on Saturday afternoon.

Okoth lost on a split decision on points, scoring 3-2 in a duel that was too close to call.

In a cagy opening round of the three-round bout, the Mongolian managed to pick the most spots and score more points, earning a maximum score from three judges while two gave Okoth the maximum score of 10.