Team Delta wins 12 gold medals as athletics begins tomorrow
Nasarawa Wins First Gold, Taraba Shock Edo In Volleyball
Defending champion, Team Delta, has taken the lead at the ongoing sixth National Youth Games in Ilorin by winning 12 gold medals on day two of the competition.
After gathering five gold and two bronze medals in the Artistic gymnastics event on day one (Thursday), Delta increased her medal hauls yesterday in swimming, with the state’s athletes sweeping all five gold medals in the five events concluded at the Kwara Township Stadium.
Favour Adeju opened the floodgate by claiming gold in the girls’ 50 metres breaststroke. Other gold medals came from Lucky August (50m breaststroke boys), John Agnes (100m backstroke girls), Olise Chukwunalu (100m backstroke boys) and Shedrack Simon (50m freestyle boys).
Delta won another gold medal in the girls’ cycling 10-kilometre time trial, which threw the team’s camp into jubilation.
Delta Sports Commission Chairman, Tonobok Okowa, who was at the swimming pool to cheer the athletes, told The Guardian yesterday that his team has been well motivated by the state government for the games.
Among dignitaries to cheer their athletes to victory at the swimming pool yesterday was the former Nigeria Football Association chairman, Ibrahim Galadima, who is now Kano State Sports Commission Chairman.
Meanwhile, Taraba State produced the first upset of the sixth National Youth Games yesterday, defeating favourite, Team Edo 3-1 (21-25, 25-17, 25-18, 25-19) in the boys’ volleyball event at the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) Sports Complex.
On the state’s feat against Team Edo, Head Coach of Taraba State U-15 boys, Peace Obi, said beating Edo State, which has the legendary volleyball coach, Tony Oghuma in its coaching crew, is a great achievement.
Obi said after losing the first game, she instructed the players to remain focused on getting the second set.
“I am happy winning my first game against Edo State because Coach Tony Oghuma was my coach at the national team. Beating Edo State means Coach Oghuma has trained players who can handle grassroots teams and coaches,” she said, adding that Taraba will take the games as they come and will not be distracted by their first win.
In another development, Team Nasarawa recorded their first medal at the Games, as Christabel Daniel won the first gold medal for the solid minerals state in the +47 girls’ category in karate.
She defeated her Anambra State counterpart, Onyinyechi Akuma, in the final by 1-0.
Athletics event will commence tomorrow inside the UNILORIN Sports Complex.