National Sports Festival: Lagos wins first gold medal in Taekwondo

Lagos State has won it first gold medal at the ongoing Edo 2020 National Sports Festival. Amina Idris, a female taekwondo athlete hauled three medals for Team Lagos in the Poomase event on Monday and will go down in the history of the state’s outing in the festival for giving the state her first gold medal of the national tournament.
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Lagos State has won it first gold medal at the ongoing Edo 2020 National Sports Festival. Amina Idris, a female taekwondo athlete hauled three medals for Team Lagos in the Poomase event on Monday and will go down in the history of the state’s outing in the festival for giving the state her first gold medal of the national tournament.

Amina Idris

Idris won a gold medal for Lagos State in the Mixed Poomsae event, while she also carted home 1 silver in the Team Female Poomase. She thereafter won a bronze medal in the Individual female in Poomsae event.

Lagos also won one bronze medal in Male Team Poomase event which took place inside the Indoor Sports Hall of the University of Benin.

In other event, Team Lagos won silver medal in the female team six-a-side cricket, while their male counterpart won a bronze medal.

The duo of Anuolowapo Opeyori and Godwin Olufia has coasted into the Semifinals of badminton team event.

Lagos State boxers are also making progress in their respective bouts decided on Monday in the ongoing festival.

Omole Dolapo fighting in the 56kg won his fight against Sakiru Olaleye of (FCT) with Technical Knock out in less than one minute, while Osoba Abdulafeez (69kg) was too much for Ucheji Evuka who he beat 5 – 0 in an unanimous decision by the referees.

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