DELTA 2022: PLATEAU STATE INCREASES MEDALS, BUT DUST OFF GOLD MEDAL DRAUGHT TODAY

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The hunt for medals by Plateau athletes continues on day 7 of the ongoing National Sports Festival, holding in Delta state.

The state won 6 medals on the day, yet the gold medal remained elusive.

Two silver and four bronze were added to the kitty on day 7 of the sports festival.

Cynthia Mathias, Powerlifting and Vera Yohanna, Athletics, both won Silver in 79KG class and 5000m athletics race, respectively. Vera came second behind our own Rose Akusho who switched her allegiance to Delta state in this year’s Festival.

Jibril Malau grabbed 2 bronze medals in the Powerlifting 97kg class while Micheal Stephen whisked the bronze in the Weightlifting 61kg snatch event.

Ayuba Kadiya claimed a late bronze in Para athletics Javeline, F 53 class, to add to his eralier gold medal in Short put.

The coast is getting clearer for the female Handball as they humbled Edo in the quater finals with a narrow victory of 16 -15 to keep a date with Oyo in the semi finals on Tuesday.

In Tennis, both Lawal Walid and Ahmed Lawal zoomed into the 3rd round in the doubles event. Lawal Walid equally booked a ticket in the 3rd round singles Tennis event.

With 6 more rounds to go, the Scrabble female team are placed 3rd after 9 rounds.

The giant killer, Naomi Monday, is still on course as she has maintained good scores in Chess to boost her chances for a medal.

In Kokowa, Sanusi Adama, secured a place in the next round after winning his bout against Kogi opponent.

The duo of Titah Jama and Daniel James made it through to the quater finals of the Squash men’s double event.

Plateau female Hockey team was eliminated after a goaless draw with Edo. The team needed an outright win to guarantee them 4 points to stand a chance of playing in the semi finals.

All was not well in Teakwondo as the last medal hopeful, Sadiq Abubakar, withdrew from the contest due to serious injury he sustained during the Second round fight. Recalled that he suffered the same fate in the finals of last festival, as a result of which he was forced to settled for silver.

As the festival continues, Plateau is still hopeful in Athletics, Weightlifting, Chess, Scrabble, Kungfu, Squash, Handball and Karate, as more medals are been expected.

Plateau state now has 2gold, 5silver and 8bronze medals.

Credit: Alfred Gonyok

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