Team Nigeria wrestlers at the African Youth Games 2018 in Algiers capped their outing with brilliant performances and results.
The team had earlier won 12 medals (3 gold, 5 silver and 4 bronze) and added an additional seven on the final day of the Games.
Sariki Kelvin (45kg), Ozutu Lina (48kg) and Nnaemeka Kenechukwu (65kg) all won silver medals for Nigeria on Friday while Ogidi Perediegha (51kg)and Ladoja Idowu (110kg), who both earlier won bronze in the Greco Roman event, also clinched silver.
Okafor Ikechukwu (55kg) and Stephen Tope (60kg) both settled compensated elimination in the semi-final with a bronze medal.
Daniel Igali, President of the Nigeria Wrestling Federation, stated that the future is bright for the sport in the country, adding that the results are in line with the federation’s objectives.
“We are now sitting comfortable knowing that we have a crop of athletes who in the next 4, 5 years will be able to replace some of our ageing athletes who may likely retire in the next few years,” the Olympic champion disclosed.
“So I think the goal of the federation to have junior and cadet athletes ready to replace ageing athletes is on course. And we remain very grateful to God for ensuring that these athletes have gone to Algiers, competed without injuries and have done well for themselves, for their families and for the country.
“And we congratulate all of them.”
1. Kolawole Esther (65kg)
2. Sunmisola Balogun (69kg)
3. Christianah Ogunsanya (46kg)
4. Esther Asaolu (43kg)
5. Yetunde Oluwatuyi (40kg)
6. Jumoke Adekoye (57kg)
7. Aina Ohida (61kg)
8. Mercy Adekuoroye (53kg)
9. Sariki Kelvin (45kg)
10. Ozutu Lina (48kg)
11. Nnaemeka Kenechukwu (65kg)
12. Ogidi Perediegha (51kg)
13. Ladoja Idowu (110kg),
14. Adijat Idris (49kg)
15. Natasha Davids (73kg)
16. Okafor Ikechukwu (55kg)
17. Stephen Tope (60kg)
18. Perediegha Ogidi (51kg)
19.Idowu Ladoja (110kg)