Team Delta set new National Sports Festival records, maintain dominance on medals table

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Team Delta contingent to the 19th National Sports Festival are determined to show their superiority in national sports as some of the athletes have broken and set new records.

Deborah Okpochini, a swimmer set two new records in 1500m freestyle women swimming and 100m Freestyle Swimming.

She had on Saturday posted a time 1.03.05sec in 100m Freestyle Swimming thus breaking a 27-year old record previously set by Ikaghoemi Joshua while featuring for Rivers State in the 1991 edition of the game.

Not yet done, she again broke and set another festival record in 1500m freestyle women swimming on Sunday posting a time of 21:05.10 to confine to the dustbin the record set by Blessing Forcados of Delta.

Blessing had posted a time of 21:26.88 in 2006 at the 15th National Sports Festival in Ogun State.

Similarly, Nmor Ifeakachukwu on Sunday broke a 6-year old record in 200m individual medley men previously set by Kingsley Forcados in 2012.

Nmor posted a time of 02:18.44 to beat Kingsley’s 2:20.94 time set at the 18th National Sports Festival in Lagos.

Meanwhile as at the time of writing this report, Team Delta leads the medal table with 19 medals which comprises of 13 gold, 1 silver, 5 bronze.

Meanwhile, as at the time of updating this report on Monday night, Team Delta leads the medal table with 51 medals which comprises of 27 gold, 9 silver, 15 bronze.

Team Rivers whose athletes are battling with their state government over the non payment of their allowances are second on the table with 42 medals (15 gold, 14 silver, 13 bronze). 

Teams Kano, Edo and Oyo who have displaced Lagos complete the top 5 with a total of 17, 25,19 medals respectively. 

However, 15 states are yet to win a single medal. The states are Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Borno, Ekiti, Enugu, Gombe, Jigawa, Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, Plateau, Sokoto, Taraba, Zamfara. 

In total, 85 gold, 85 silver and 122 bronze medals have been won making it a total of 292 medals on Day 4 of the Festival. 


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