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20th NSF: Delta, Bayelsa, Edo break swimming records

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By Igbaugba Ehigimetor

The ongoing National Sports Festival (NSF) swim event, tagged “Edo 2020″ on Monday, produced new records.

The Nigeria News Agency (NAN) reports that new national records were set by swimmers from Delta, Bayelsa and Edo on day 1 of competition in the event.

Ifiesegba Gagbe of Bayelsa became the new record holder in the women’s 100 freestyle with a time of 1: 01.54.

She broke the record of 1: 02.66min set by Okpilobo of Ondo State during the 2012 edition of the festival in Lagos.

Likewise, Uwaje Ilayefa of Edo, who came second with a time of 1: 01.96, also beat the former record holder.

A new record was also set in the women’s 200m butterfly by Delta’s Timipamere Akiayefa.

Meanwhile, Bayelsa and Delta started the ongoing NSF Gold Rush by winning five gold medals each on Day 1 of the festival.

NAN reports that seven of the 10 gold medals the two states won were from swimming competition.

While the Bayelsa team won three gold medals in the pool, Delta took four to close the opening day with five gold each.

The Delta team started the day with a gold medal in cycling when Ese Ukpeseraye beat 12 other riders to the finish line in the women’s 80km road race.

NAN reports that in swimming, the men’s 100m breaststroke was won by Foresight Osamezu of Delta, Edo and Cross River winning silver and bronze respectively.

Bayelsa’s Ifiezegbe Gagbe won the women’s 100m freestyle, with Edo winning silver and Delta’s Timipamere Akiayefa taking bronze.

Once again, Delta’s Akiayefa won her first gold medal of the day following the bronze medal she won earlier.

She ran to the finish line ahead of athletes from Kano State and Bayelsa in the women’s 200m butterfly.

It was another gold medal for Delta in the women’s 50m backstroke event as Akiayefa won her third medal of the day, the second gold.

The athletes of Edo and Bayelsa finished second and third respectively.

The Bayelsa team also won two gold medals and a bronze medal in judo to cap off a memorable opening day at the 20th NSF. (NOPE)

(NAN)

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