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Nigeria's Hannah Reuben qualifies for second Olympic Games

Posted : 31 March 2024

Commonwealth Games silver medalist, Hannah Reuben, has qualified for her second Olympic Games. Reuben, who is a World Military Champion, defeated Amy Youin (Côte d'Ivoire) in the 76kg women’s final of the 2024 African/Oceania Olympic qualifiers held in Alexandria, Egypt, to qualify for the Paris 2024 Olympics.

The Army officer, in her reaction to reaching the second Olympics berth, said that winning a gold medal at the 13th African Games meant a lot to her.

She said, “First of all, I thank Jehovah God. I feel very happy and really glad for this second opportunity to qualify for the Olympics games.

“Winning a gold medal at the 13th African Games, to me, is a beautiful feeling, and I remember my first All African Games in 2015 where I won a silver medal, losing to my Egyptian opponent.

"This victory at the just concluded African Games means so much to me, and I am fulfilled at that very level."

She attributed the success recorded to critical stakeholders who have contributed to the growth of her wrestling career.

She said, “What is responsible is every hard work that has been put together, physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual hard work. And all this wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Christopher Musa; Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri; Comptroller General of Customs, Adewale Adeniyi; NWF president, Hon Daniel Igali, my family, coaches, teammates/training mates, fans, and many others."

She hailed the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja for the opportunities presented since he got to office.

Reuben said, “Many thanks to the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja. I really appreciate him for the great opportunities given to me, and God bless everyone who has contributed to my every victory in my sporting career, be it in the past, present, and future”.


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