Rachael Tonjor, a Nigerian Olympic swimmer, led Team Edo to a gold medal in the women’s 4x100m medley relay.
They now have four gold medals in swimming at the national sports festival, a significant improvement over their success at the Abuja 2018 games, where they did not win a single medal.
Edo had their medals taken away in Abuja due to their captain Tonjor and Faith Edorodion’s double registration.
In weightlifting, Rivers state showed class in the 49kg event as Stella Kingsley dominated the snatch, clean, and jerk class to claim all three gold medals.
In the snatch, Kingsley lifted her first attempt without struggle, failed in the second but bounced back in the 3rd to win gold. In the clean and jerk, she was outstanding, lifting the 92, 200, and 105 weight effortlessly.
She has made admirable improvement after failing to win a medal at the 2018 edition in Abuja, finishing in a disappointing 4th position in her weight class.
Ruth Nyang finished second for team Akwa Ibom while Augustina Nwokolo secured a bronze medal for team Delta.
More track & field events happened today and in the men’s 400m hurdles, Timothy Emeoghene sets a new National Sports Festival record and a Personal Best of 50.06 seconds to win gold for Team Delta
The current national champion surpassed the previous festival record of 51.07 seconds set by David Olowookere at the Abuja games in 2018.
Henry Okorie from Edo claimed silver in a season’s best of 51.73 seconds while Stephen Eloji of Niger State settled for bronze in a time of 52.12 seconds.
For the women, reigning National Champion Abasiono Akpan dominated the race crossing the finish line with a personal best of 57.63 seconds to win gold for Akwa Ibom state.
She took off 0.03 seconds from her previous lifetime best set at the 2019 African Games in Morocco where she won bronze.
Comfort Ekanem ran 58.68 seconds to secure silver for Oyo state while Sarah Ochigbo representing Ogun state set a season’s best of 58.91 seconds to claim the bronze medal.
Edo state’s shot put gold medallist, Orobosa Frank is working hard to achieve her ambition of qualifying for the Tokyo Olympic Games.
She threw a distance of 16.82m to win her first gold medal at the National sports festival.
Team Delta’s Eucharia Ogbukwo won Silver with a throw of 14.02m while Aniefuna Anulika threw 13.80m to secure bronze for Anambra state.
On day 2 of the track & field events, Edo state ruled the men’s 100m winning the gold and silver medals. Enoch Adegoke clocked 10.28 seconds to win gold while Alaba Olukunle clinched silver for Edo in a time of 10.29 seconds while Jerry Jakpa finished in 10.32 seconds to win Bronze for Lagos state.
Grace Nwokocha of Delta won Gold in the women’s event with a time of 11.42 seconds. Team Lagos’ Joy Udo-Gabriel won silver with a time of 11.44 seconds, while Bayelsa’s Tima Godbless took bronze with a time of 11.61 seconds.
Team Rivers won gold in the women’s 100m hurdles after Grace Aiyemoba ran a season-best 13.65 seconds. The gold medal is an improvement over the silver she earned in Abuja in 2018.
Miracle Thompson of Team Lagos took silver in 13.75 seconds, a new personal best for her, while Kemi Francis of Team Delta finished third in 14.01 seconds for Team Delta.