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Taekwondo: Ajayi, 2 others increase Nigeria medal tally

National champions, Ifeoluwa Ajayi (-63kg), Paul Kolade (-74kg) and Uzoamaka Otuadinma (-73kg) won gold medals for Nigeria on the Day two of the ongoing Nigeria International Open Taekwondo in Abuja.

Fast rising Ajayi defeated Mali’s Sissoko Oumar 39-34 in the men’s -63kg final while Kolade beat Niger’s Amadou Aziz 20-12 in the men’s -74kg.

In the women’s event, African silver medallist, Uzoamaka Otuadinma beat fellow countryman, Oluchi Ikpeamaeze 14-1 in the -73kg while National Sports festival gold medallist, Chidinma Okoko defeated Team Kano’s Maryam Abdullahi 16-9 in the -57kg.

The Nigeria national team tops the table with 5 gold and 1 bronze medal.

Team Saudi is second with one gold medal while Nigeria republic is third with 1 silver and 1 bronze medal.

FCT, Kano, Team Mali, Nigeria Army and Peak Performance of USA are joint fourth with one silver medal apiece.

Osun state is fifth with 2 bronze medals and in sixth position are Anambra state, As Onatel of Burkina Faso, Classix of Nigeria, Kebbi state, Lagos state, MOYAY of Nigeria and Team Mali with 1 bronze medal.

About Ayeni Wale

Olawale Ayeni, is a Media and Communication Arts, Masters in view fellow, a graduate of Theatre Arts from the University of Abuja respectively, has been in journalism right from his school days. He was a sports broadcaster with Osun state Broadcasting Corporation (OSBC). He was Sports Editor, Daily Stream Newspaper before joining Leadership Newspaper as Sports Correspondent. A lover of grassroots sports development and golf. A strong support of Arsenal FC.

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