Paris 2024 Qualifiers: Team Nigeria returns from Senegal with three boxing tickets
Posted : 17 September 2023
The Nigerian contingent for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games qualifiers in Senegal returned to the country on Saturday night with three gold medals that secured tickets to the boxing event in Paris 2024.
The team, which also won three bronze medals comprise nine boxers and two coaches, touched down at Muritala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, at 11.45 p.m. Nigerian time aboard an Air Cote d’Ivoire aircraft.
The three gold medals and Olympic slots came via Cynthia Ogunsemilore Temitayo, Omole Dolapo Joshua, and Olaore Olaitan Adams.
Fighting in the final of the women’s 60kg weight category, Cynthia Ogunsemilore defeated Algerian Kelif Hadjila via a 5-0 unanimous decision; Omole Dolapo earned victory over Leta Fikremariyam from Ethiopia in their 57kg weight class with a 5-0 unanimous decision; and the reigning African heavyweight champion, Olaore Olaitan Adams, outpunched Algeria’s Houmri Mohammed with a 4-1 split decision in the final of the men’s 92kg weight division.
Meanwhile, three female boxers, Oyesiji Adeola Omowunmi (flyweight), Ojo Nene Joy (featherweight), and Patricia Mbata (middleweight), won three bronze medals for Nigeria.
The team was tinkered by Tony Konyegwachie and USA-based Adura Olalehin.
Algeria topped the madal table with four gold medals to pick up four Paris 2024 Olympic Games tickets, while Nigeria came in second with three gold and as many bronze medals.
A total of 41 African countries took part in the week-long championship that ran from September 9–15, 2023.
Nigeria has won three silver and as many bronze medal in all its years of participating in the boxing event of Olympic Games.
The Senegal outing finally gave stakeholders in Nigerian boxing something to cheer, being an improvement the last Olympic Games in Tokyo, where the country was not represented in the boxing event.