Team Nigeria has bagged three gold medals in the ongoing 2nd edition of the African Youth Games holding in Gaborone, Botswana.
The African edition of the Youth Olympics which kicked off last week would be rounded off on Saturday, May 31st, 2014.
The Nigerian Contingent started impressively with football when the Nigerian U- 15 football team defeated host team 2-0 in Friday’s match before following it up with a goalless draw against Mali the following day
But the amazing performance was recorded by Nigeria’s Chika Joy Amalaha in the girls 58kg weightlifting. Amalaha won gold medal in her event and also created an African new record in the competition. In the 58kg category she lifted 87kg in the snatch to set new African record, some minutes later she set another African record in the same category when she lifted 102kg in the clean and jack category.
Emmanuel Inemo Appah continued from where Amalaha stopped as he also won the second gold for Nigeria in the 56kg boys weightlifting event.
Nigeria’s representatives in the Team Event of Badminton first defeated Egypt 3-0 and followed it up with another 3-1 impressive victory over South Africa to win the gold medal of the event. Nigeria had also spanked host Botswana 5-0 and Mauritania 3-0 in the quarterfinals stage to move to the semi-finals of the event.
Nigeria also qualified for the final of the boys’ table tennis event which was also decided yesterday night while the girls won the bronze medal of the girls event. In Judo Nigerian girls bowed out in the semi-finals in the category 55-66kg while the boys lost out in the first round.
In Rowing also in the girls single event, Nigeria’s team were disqualified while the Nigerian boys qualified for final B. In Volleyball boys event, Nigeria defeated host Botswana 3-1 to kick start the event on a bright note.