12th African Games: Taekwondo wins Team Nigeria first gold medal

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Taekwondo event has fetched Team Nigeria five medals at the 12th African Games after Chinazum Nwosu claimed the first gold medal in the women -53kg, while Sunday Onofe (-87kg) and Benjamin Okuomose (+87kg) added two bronze medals in the men event.

Also, the quest for medals in taekwondo continued yesterday in six events when Elizabeth Anyanacho and Uzoamaka Otuadinma also settled for bronze medals in the women’s -67kg and -73kg of the tournament, while the trio of Arinola Abdullateef, Bright Kolade and Chiamaka Onumonu were unlucky in their quarterfinal ties as they lost and will miss out from mounting the podium.

In cycling, Kenya’s Tiffany Keep and Namibia’s Tristan De Lange won cross-country gold in Casablanca.

Kenyan Keep claimed the women’s title in 1hr 19min 15.377sec, finishing almost 50 seconds ahead of Aurelie Marie Halbwachs from Mauritius. Halbwachs took the silver medal on the 22.8 kilometres course, made up of six 3.8km circuits in Rabat, in a time of 1:20:03.900. Her compatriot Kimberley Le Court De Billot completed the podium in 1:22:52.541.

De Lange won Namibia’s first gold of the continental tournament in the men’s 30.4km race. He led home compatriot Alexander Miller to take the top step on the medal rostrum in 1:24:45.502. Miller clocked 1:25:31.847 for second, with Tunisian Maher Habouria taking bronze in 1:29:52.145.

Algeria won three of the four A finals as the first of the rowing medals were awarded in Morocco. Nawel

Chiali got the gold rush started in the women’s single sculls 1,000m final. She surged to victory in 3:56.62 as Dareen Hegazy of Egypt took silver in 3:58.34. Nour Elhouda Ettaieb of Tunisia finished third in 4:01.10.

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