Youth Games: Bayelsa, Osun Win Taekwondo Titles

104 athletes on Tuesday took part in the taekwondo event as Bayelsa, Osun and Yobe States emerged champions in different categories of events at the National Youth Games held at the Velodrome of the National Stadium, Abuja.
Laipko Frederick from Bayelsa, produced intimidating kicks to defeat his opponent Ahmadu Isa from Nasarawa in the final of the male -48kg weight category.
Frederick had earlier dismissed Esakpa Kerry from Rivers, to book his final spot with Isa who defeated Oluigbo Mathew from Osun state in the male -48kg semifinals clash for athletes between the ages of 14 and 15.
Adegoke Abdullahi from Osun state also had a filled day, as he humbled Ekpo Joseph from Akwa Ibom to win the male -55kg category in a keenly contested match.
To make it to the final, Abdullahi brushed aside Abubakar Isah from Kaduna, while Joseph who lost his final match defeated Agwu Isaac before picking the final slot.
The male 55 kg was won by Bashiru Mohammed who defeated Usman Mohammed from Niger state.
Mohammed had earlier kicked out Ndem Joe-Maria in the semifinals, while Usman defeated Okechi Chima from Abia.
59 male athletes took part in the taekwondo event, while 45 contested in the female category.


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