Nigeria emerged the overall champions of the 5th African Wrestling Championship which ended on Sunday night at the Alfred Diete Spiff Sports Complex in Port Harcourt. Sunday also marks the end of the five-day competition in the Garden City. The five-day competition witnessed wrestlers from African countries contest for trophies in the Greco-Roman and Free Style models.
Nigeria came first in four major categories of the championship which had 90 gold medals at stake. Team Nigeria wrestlers emerged top in the cadet women wrestling, junior freestyle, senior women wrestling and senior freestyle wrestling.
At the end of competition on Sunday night, South Africa won the Cadet Free Style followed by Nigeria in the second place with Algeria finishing in the third position. In the Men Wrestling Cadet, Egypt came first with Nigeria and Algeria picking the second and third places.
Nigeria won the Women version with Tunisia and second and third respectively. The host country again shot to the top spot in the Junior Category Free Style with Algeria and Egypt picking the silver and bronze medals.
In the Junior Greco Roman, Egyptian wrestlers won the gold and bronze medals leaving Nigeria with the silver. Tunisia won the Women Wrestling, Junior Category with Nigeria and Algeria settling for the silver and bronze respectively.
In the senior category, Nigeria won her dominant area of strength, the men and women Free-Style leaving South Africa and Egypt picking the second and third places. Egypt maintained her strength in the Greco-Roman with Algeria and Morocco settling for the silver and bronze.
During the closing ceremony of the championship, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, said that the hosting of the championships, tagged “Port Harcourt 2018”, was geared towards foisting regional unity as well as provide platform for highly talented national wrestlers to prove themselves.
Governor Wike described Rivers State as safe haven for investors, pointing out that the state has the capacity to host more events.
“Rivers has the capacity to host more sporting activities with the facilities on the ground in the state,” he said.
Meanwhile, Nigerian youth female wrestler, Sunmisola Balogun is relishing the gold medal she won at the African Wrestling Championship which qualified her for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games scheduled to hold in Buenos Aires, Argentina between October 6 and 18.