Nigerian Boxers Punch Their Way to 8 Gold Medals in One Day at the African Games

Dolapo Omole (left) was among Nigeria’s boxing gold medalists in the African Games competition. Photo: Fightgistmedia

Nigerian boxers dominated the African Games on Friday night, winning eight gold medals.

At the Bukom Boxing Arena in Accra, boxers dominated the night. Joy Ojo started the day with a win in the 57kg women’s category over Algeria’s Selmouni Chahira.

Following that, Dele Omole won gold in the 57kg event, giving West Africa two medals. He defeated Sigauque Amando of Mozambique.

Patricia Mbata of Nigeria won the 75kg women’s division gold medal, defeating Tunisia’s Molka Ben Mabrouk 4-0.

Olaitan Olaore increased to Nigeria’s gold medal count by defeating Kevin Kuadjovi of Togo in the men’s 92kg event.

But that wasn’t all for the day! Egypt’s Rahma Mafouz Ibrahim lost to Cynthia Ogunsemilore in the 60kg final, while Blessing Oraekwe won gold in the 70kg category for ladies. She defeated Mozambique’s Alcinda Lucas Dos Santos for the prize.

Jacinta Umunnakwe won the women’s 81kg match by outpunching Marie Joel Nwika of DR Congo.

Ifeanyi Onyekwere then defeated Yann Mike Mansogo of Equatorial Guinea in the men’s 92kg+ event, capping off a memorable night for Nigeria.

In athletics, Nigeria maintained its dominance, winning the women’s 4x400m relay with Esther Elo Joseph, Patience Okon-George, Brittany Ogunmokun, and Omolara Omotosho-Ogunmakinju. The country defended its 2019 championship in Accra.

Prosper Chinecherem Nnamdi won the men’s javelin event with an 82.80-metre throw, setting a national record. That was the first time a Nigerian man won gold in the javelin at the African Games since 1991.

Prosper Chinecherem Nnamdi is known as Nigeria’s Javelin Prince.

Nigeria earned the most medals in athletics, with 22. The country had 11 gold medals, six silver, and five bronze.

The African Games will end on Saturday.

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