Team Nigeria Rakes 9 Gold, 2 Bronze Medals
Team Nigeria continued from where it stopped on Sunday winning four more gold medals and another bronze medal to make it (9) gold and two (2) bronze medals.
Nigeria benefitted from international rules which tripled the two gold medals won in the weightlifting event on Sunday and made it six and added with the other three won in Judo, Badminton and Table Tennis to increase the gold medal haul to nine (9) instead of five (5).
Three other gold medals were won in Judo where Esther Etim made Nigeria proud. Others include the one won by Team Badminton and Table Tennis gold won by Oginni Olasunkanmi”, the Director General of the National Sports Commission, Hon Gbenga Elegbeleye disclosed.
Team Nigeria also won another gold medal in Cycling Team Time Trial Girls.
Nigeria had won three gold medals on Sunday which included the two from weightlifting which have been increased to six and table tennis girls’ event.
The young athletes have been fired up by the presence of the Honourable Minister of Sports, Dr Tammy Danagogo and the Director General of the National Sports Commission, Hon Gbenga Elegbeleye and President of the Nigeria Olympic Committee, Engr Sani M. Ndanusa who have been encouraging the athletes to put up their best in their respective sports in the ongoing Gaborone 2014 African Youth Games.
Nwuche hails Amalaha over new African record
President of Nigeria Weightlifting Federation (NWF) Hon. Chibudom Nwuche has given a pat on the back to Nigerian teenage lifter Joy Chika Amalaha who on Sunday set a new African record in the weightlifting event of the on going African Youth Games in Gaborone, Botswana.
Amalaha who won gold for Nigeria in the 58kg body weight category did put up an amazing performance as she lifted 87kg in snatch to set a new African record. The 14 year old Ebonyi state born lifter went ahead to lift 102kg in clean and jerk an effort that was equally a new African record.