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13th Africa Games: Nigeria grabs gold medal in boxing

Posted : 23 March 2024

While Nigeria's Ojo Joy Nene won Nigeria's first boxing gold medal at the ongoing 13th Africa Games in Ghana, others followed suit as Nigeria eventually secured 8 gold medals in Accra.

Ojo achieved this feat at the Bukom Boxing Arena, Accra, through a walkover when her Algerian opponent, Selmoun Chahira, refused to show up for their women's 57kg bout.

Nine other Nigerians listed for the finals demonstrated why they remain dominant in Africa on the ring.

At the end of Friday's event, Nigeria had won a total of 8 gold and 2 silver medals, participating in the championship with eleven boxers as approved by the International Boxing Association (IBA) and the African Boxing Confederation (AfBC).

Ten out of the eleven boxers advanced to the finals. Two lost their final bouts and settled for silver medals, while the remaining eight won their bouts to claim the gold.

In fact, all eleven could have reached the final, were it not for the injustice that prevented Yakubu Ibrahim (71kg) from progressing to the quarterfinals.


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