An excited Ruth Chinazum Nwosu runs towards her coach after winning Nigeria's first GOLD medal at the 2019 African Games in Morocco.

Nigeria’s search for a medal at the 2019 African Games in Morocco finally materialized at the Stade Mohammed V Sports Complex in Rabat on Wednesday, August 21st, as Ruth Chinazum Nwosu demonstrated mental and physical toughness to strike GOLD in the women’s 49-53kg category in the Taekwondo event, beating Morocco’s Oumaima El Bouchti 26-22 to dominate the event.

The Nigerian maintained an unbeaten streak on Day 1 of Taekwondo, defeating Mossi Halidou Balkissa of Niger 23-9 in the quarterfinal, having received a bye in the earlier round.

Nwosu fought hard to maintain her lead and even though the Moroccan levelled up 8-8, the Nigerian went on to amass more points as she refused to relinquish her territory, dominating the fight 20-8.

At that point, El Bouchti’s morale was rekindled by the support of the home fans who cheered her on, and with her kicks aimed perfectly at her opponent, she secured much-needed points, taking the tally to 26-20. However, time worked in Nwosu’s favour as she held on to take the win, much to the relief of the Nigerian fans at the venue.

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Yemi Olus is a Senior Sports Writer and Editor at Making of Champions. She has a bias for Athletics and was previously a Sports Reporter at the National Mirror, where she hosted a weekly column ‘On the Track with Yemi Olus’ for over two years. A self-acclaimed ‘athletics junkie’, she has covered national and international events live, such as the National Sports Festival and the African Athletics Championships, and has also freelanced for the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN).

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