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Published On: Fri, Aug 23rd, 2019

Nigeria wins first Gold medal in Taekwondo as Onofe seals bronze

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By Albert Akota from Rabat, Morocco

Brilliant performance by Ruth Chinazum Nwosu in taekwondo helped Nigeria to registered her name on gold medal table as Sunday Onofe settled for bronze medal with a record of 11-15 win over Cote D’Ivoire’s Seydou Gbane in the semi-final after defeating Federick Adoua of Chad in the quarter-final at the ongoing 2019 African Games in Morocco.
Nwosu displayed a lot of courage to defeat Morocco’s Oumaima El Bouchti in the women’s 49-53kg category in Taekwondo.
She edged the fight with 26-22 victory to end Nigeria’s long wait for the golden moment.
To make it to the final, Nwosu had defeated Ethiopia’s Fikado Gosaye 14-12 in the semi-final after previously edging out Niger Republic’s Balkissa Halidou 28 – 9 in the quarter-final.
Taekwondo also produced two bronze medals for Nigeria in Day 1 of action.
Benjamin Okuomose lost to the world champion, Abdoulrazak Alfaga, 10-31, in the semi-final after defeating Senegal’s Seye Laye 40-37 in the quarter-final.
Meanwhile, Peter Itiku defeated Kenya’s Ochieng Vincent Dock 22-7 in the Round of 16 before losing 9-19 in the quarter-final to Burkina Faso’s Sawadogo Faysa.
Josephine Esuku also beat Wanjuru Elizabeth Njogu of Kenya before losing at the end of golden point round to Michelle Tau of Botswana.
Sekinat Adebayo lost in the Round of 16 to Cote D’Ivoire’s Fermata Bouma Coulibaly.

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