Nigeria’s consultant in taekwondo, Elizabeth Anyanacho has been overwhelmed by a double Olympic Medalist and former world champion, Nur Tartar of Turkey within the feminine -67kg bout on the Tokyo Olympics.
Tartar who edged out Anyanacho 12 – 7 used her Olympic and world expertise to capitalise on the inexperience of her Nigerian counterpart who is barely making a debut on the Olympics.
With the seven factors she achieved, Anyanacho confirmed glimpses of future brilliance towards the world champion, however couldn’t shake off the nervousness in time to beat her top-ranked opponent. She has additionally made a document as Nigeria’s second ever Taekwondo Olympian.
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Anyanacho must wait to see if Tartar makes it to the finals, to be eligible to combat for a conciliatory bronze medal.
The 22-year outdated Nigeria confirmed it has been fairly a journey with useful classes.
“I misplaced to Turkey 7 – 12. Turkey then misplaced in golden level to USA after a 1 – 1 draw. This means I’m completely out of combating for a podium place on the Tokyo Olympics.
I’ve cried and I nonetheless really feel harm as a result of I wished to spring a very good shock, regardless of being 4 years early to my authentic Paris 2024 Olympics,” Anyanacho mentioned in a put up on her official Instagram deal with.
The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare, who was on the venue combat venue had comforting phrases for the athlete.
“You have done well against a world champion. Keep your focus and let’s pray the Turkish champion gets to the finals so you can fight for bronze. We are here to support you all day,” the Sports Minister mentioned.
The taekwondo occasion has witnessed some upsets together with defeats of the double Olympic champion, Jade Jones of Great Britain, defending Olympic champion Hang Jun of South Korea, and his compatriot, triple world champion Lee Dae Hyun of South Korea.
So far, Africa has recorded just one medal in taekwondo, a silver medal gained by Tunisia’s Mohammed Khalil Jendoubi. Athletes from Egypt, Niger Republic, Morocco, Mali additionally competed on day one and two have crashed out.