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