Nigeria’s Elizabeth Anyanacho who lost out to double Olympic Medalist and former world champion, Nur Tartar of Turkey on Monday, will have to wait to see if Tartar makes it to the finals to be eligible to fight for a conciliatory Bronze medal.

The duo, competing in the female -67kg, kick-started competition Day 3 for the Taekwondo event.

Tartar who edged out Anyanacho 12 – 7 used her Olympic and world experience to capitalize on the inexperience of her Nigerian counterpart.

With 7 points to her name, Anyanacho showed glimpses of future brilliance against the world champion but could not shake off the anxiety in time to overcome her top ranked opponent.

Honourable Minister of Youths and Sports, Mr Sunday Dare, who was at the venue to support Nigeria’s second ever Taekwondo Olympian, reached out to encourage the 22-year old after the match.

“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 a Bronze. We are here to support you all day.”

The Taekwondo event has thrown up many upsets including defeats of 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 only one medal through the Silver medal won by Mohammed Khalil Jendoubi

Egypt, Niger Republic, Morocco, Mali whose athletes competed on Days 1 & 2 respectively have also failed to reach the medal stages.

Yemi Galadima is a Senior Sportswriter 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 African Athletics Championships, African Games, Olympics and World Athletics Championships. She also freelances for World Athletics.


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