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20th NSF: Delta, Others Break Swimming Records

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The swimming event of the ongoing National Sports Festival (NSF) tagged “Edo 2020” on Monday produced new records.
Tidesports source reports that new national records were set by swimmers from Delta, Bayelsa and Edo on Day 1 of competition in the event.
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.
Meanwhile, Bayelsa and Delta have started the rush for gold at the ongoing NSF by winning five gold medals apiece on Day 1 of the festival.
Tidesports source gathered that seven of the 10 gold medals won by both states came from the swimming competition.
While Team Bayelsa claimed three gold medals from the pool, Delta won four to close the opening day with five gold medals each.
Team Delta started the day with a gold medal in cycling when Ese Ukpeseraye beat 12 other cyclists to the finish line in the 80km road race for women.
Tidesports also reports that in swimming, the 100m breaststroke men event was won by Foresight Osamezu of Delta with Edo and Cross River winning the silver and bronze medals, respectively.
Bayelsa’s Ifiezegbe Gagbe won the women’s 100m freestyle, with Edo winning the silver and Delta’s Timipamere Akiayefa winning the bronze medal.
Again, Akiayefa of Delta won her first gold medal of the day after the bronze medal she won earlier.
She raced to the finishing line ahead of Kano State and Bayelsa athletes in the women’s 200m Butterfly.
It was another gold medal for Delta in the 50m backstroke women event as Akiayefa won her third medal of the day, the second gold.
Edo and Bayelsa athletes finished second and third respectively.
Team Bayelsa also won two gold medals and a bronze medal in judo to cap a memorable opening day of action at the 20th NSF.

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NFF’s Involvement In Super Six Is Encouraging – Danjuma

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Coach of Nigeria’s U-20 national women’s team, Christopher Danjuma, has stated that the massive involvement of the Nigeria Football Federation’s top shots and executives at the ongoing Super Six tournament in Ijebu Ode is a clear indication that women’s football in Nigeria is now being reckoned with.
Danjuma, speaking in a chat with Tidesports source stressed that having the Federation’s big wigs attending in person is a big plus to the game and also indicative of the growth of the women’s game in the country.
“It means that women’s football is being reckoned with, the people are reckoning with it. If Pinick can be there, Seyi Akinwumi can be there, the Coach of the Super Falcons, it’s really encouraging; it is encouraging seriously it is encouraging,” he added.

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‘D’Tigers Can’t Be Scared Of Any Team’

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Assistant Coach of Nigeria’s Basketball national team, D’Tigers, Odaudu Ogoh, has stated that Nigeria has come of age in basketball and blessed with an abundance of talented players as not to be scared of facing any team at the games.
Ogoh, speaking in a chat with Tidesports source stressed that getting the selection right and having a good time to prepare the team will be what is needed to be strong enough to face any opposition in the Basketball event at the fast-approaching Olympic games in Tokyo.
“As regards basketball, there is no team that Nigeria is going to be scared of right now. We have come of age, it’s just for us to get our acts together, pick the best that we can, have quality time to prepare and we can give any team a run for their money and hopefully make further progress.”

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Olympics: Duru Rues Nigeria’s Missed Opportunities

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Lobi Stars and home-based Super Eagles defender. Ebube Duru is ruing missed opportunities for Nigerian players after coming to the realities of Nigeria’s imminent absence at the football events of the Olympic games for men and women following the draws on Wednesday.
Duru, who played in the ill-fated U23 national team side under current Abia Warriors’ Coach, Imama Amapakabo told Tiesports source that he saw the draws and couldn’t help but regret what a massive opportunity was missed by Nigerian players especially those who ply their trade in the domestic league and would have been able to showcase themselves to the rest of the world via the games.
“I saw it and the first thing that came to my mind was, we were supposed to be playing, it’s so painful though we didn’t go for the Nation’s Cup to play the qualifiers, it’s very painful seeing that the biggest platform where you can showcase yourself and market yourself to the world, you’re not there. So it’s very painful.”

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