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Team South Africa triumphs at 9th African Canoe Olympic Qualifier with Nigeria securing second place

Posted : 28 November 2023

The Confederation of African Canoeing (CAC) organized the Canoe Sprint/Para-canoe African Championships, also serving as an Olympic qualifier for Paris 2024, with 16 African countries participating, including Ghana, Senegal, Sao Tome and Principe, Togo, and host Nigeria.


The Olympic events included C1 200M Women, C2 500M Women, C1 1000M Men, C2 500M Men, K1 1000M Men, K2 500M Men, K1 500M Women, and K2 500M Women. Winners in each category directly qualified for the games, while 2nd and 3rd placers aimed for other qualification avenues for Paris 2024.


Team South Africa secured eight medals, comprising eight gold and one bronze, dominating the championships and clinching the overall win. Meanwhile, Team Nigeria earned nine medals—four gold, four silver, and one bronze—placing as runners-up.


Tunisia claimed the third position with 15 medals, including three gold, five silver, and seven bronze. Senegal, Algeria, Angola, Mozambique, Egypt, Morocco, Sao Tome and Principe, and Ghana also secured varying positions with their medal counts, while Seychelles and Cote d’Ivoire concluded without medals.


Nigeria’s Ayomide Bello emerged as the best female athlete, securing three gold medals in the C1 Women 200m, C1 Women 500m, and C2 Women 500m events. Additionally, the duo of Endurance Godhelp and Celestine Etoi bagged gold for Nigeria in the K2 Men 200m race.


The championships, commencing on Wednesday, concluded on Sunday at the Jabi Boat Club, Abuja.



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