Team Bayelsa has shown their intention to dethrone Team Delta after clinching three gold medals in swimming and two gold medals in Judo at the ongoing 20th National Sports Festival in Benin.
Ifiesegba Gagbe of Bayelsa became the new record-holder in the 100m freestyle women with her time of 1:01.54 minute.
She broke the record of 1:02.66min set by Okpilobo of Ondo State at the Lagos 2012 edition of the festival.
Similarly, Uwaje Ilayefa of Edo who came second with a time of 1:01.96 also surpassed the former record-holder time.
A new record was also set in the 200m butterfly women by Delta’s Timipamere Akiayefa.
Golden Ifie made it two gold medals and Yellow Yeighya came top in the men’s 200m freestyle events.
Earlier Doutimi Gagbe settled for bronze medal in 200 meters Butterfly Stroke event.
Team Bayelsa also won two gold medals and a bronze in Judo to cap a memorable opening day of action at the National Sports Festival.
Ese Bassey and Selere Mathias got gold while Udeze Amarachi had bronze medal.
Meanwhile, the Edo State Government has deployed 10,000 security personnel to ensure safety of athletes and officials at the ongoing National Sports Festival in Benin City, the state’s Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, has stated.
Shaibu, who also doubles as the Chairman, Local Organising Committee of the festival, stated this will assuring the visiting contingents of security during the national sports event.
“I’m assuring everyone to feel at home and enjoy our rich sporting and cultural heritage. We have also provided more than 10,000 security personnel to ensure safety of participants and free flow of traffic during the Games,” Shaibu stated.
“We are ready to showcase our world-class facilities and total hospitality for all to enjoy.
In the same vein, Nigerian Judoka Enku Ewa Ekuta 63Kg showed her superiority as she won the first Gold Medal for Team Akwa Ibom.
Team Akwa Ibom Judo have now amassed 5 Bronze and 1 Gold medals so far.