By Albert Akota
Team Nigeria is fighting hard to emerge overall winner of the 2nd edition of the African Youth Games (AYG) as the Nigerian team increased its gold medals’ hauls to 12 as at yesterday’s afternoon (Wednesday’s afternoon.
Nigeria is currently placed 2nd on the overall medals table with South Africa leading having won 13 gold medals in swimming alone but the Nigerian Team is poised to overtake South Africa with envisaged gold medal haul from boxing and most especially athletics which began yesterday (Wednesday) evening.
Kenya is also expected to give Nigeria a run for her money as a strong force in athletics in the continent.
From the results gathered yesterday’s afternoon Team Nigeria has won three more gold medals and more silver and bronze in the sports as follows:
The three additional gold medals were won by Deborah Ukeh in the Girls’ and Adesokan Ajoke in the Badminton mixed double while Ajoke Adesokan also emerged gold medalist in the Badminton Girls’ single and Team Nigeria also won their third gold medal of the day in the Girls’ C1 Canoe Sprint while the Nigeria also won bronze in the boys’ C1 Canoe sprint.
Other events where Team Nigeria won silver included Badminton Boys’ single won by Nelson Kingsley.
Two Bronze medals were won in Canoeing K1 Sprint and C1 Sprint, two more bronze medals were carted home by Nigeria in Badminton mixed double while Ojo Muideen Oyakojo also bagged the bronze in Boys’ Boxing’s Light Flyweight 49kg category, Ajoke Ojomu won bronze in table tennis single and Esther Godwin in Girls’ 63kg taekwondo.