The swimming category of the ongoing National Sports Festival tagged “Edo 2020” on Monday, April 5, 2021 produced amazing new records.
According to The Punch report, the new national records were set by swimmers from Delta, Bayelsa and Edo on day 1 of the competition.
Bayelsa State-born swimmer, Ifiesegba Gagbe became the new record-holder in the 100m freestyle women with her time of 1:01.54 minutes.
She erased the former record of 1:02.66 mins set by Okpilobo of Ondo State at the Lagos 2012 edition of the festival.
However, Uwaje Ilayefa of Edo, who came second with a time of 1:01.96 was also able to break the former recor-holder’s time.
Furthermore, a new record was also set in the 200m butterfly women by Delta’s Timipamere Akiayefa.
Meanwhile, Bayelsa and Delta have started their quest for gold at the ongoing NSF by racking up five gold medals each on the Day 1 of the festival.
A report from News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) shows that seven of the 10 gold medals won by both states came from the swimming competition.
While Team Bayelsa cliched three gold medals from the pool, Delta won four to wrap up the opening day with five gold medals each.
Team Delta had their first gold medal from cycling when Ese Ukpeseraye over-ran 12 other cyclists to the finish line in the 80km road race for women.
In the swimming event, the 100m breaststroke men event was picked up by Foresight Osamezu of Delta with Edo and Cross River clinching the silver and bronze medals respectively.
Bayelsa’s Ifiezegbe Gagbe won the women’s 100m freestyle, with Edo getting the silver and Delta’s Timipamere Akiayefa going home with the bronze medal.
Interestingly , Akiayefa of Delta grabbed her first gold medal of the day after the bronze medal she won earlier.
She won by finishing ahead of Kano and Bayelsa athletes in the women’s 200m butterfly event.
It was another gold medal for Delta in the 50m backstroke women event as Akiayefa again, won her third medal of the day, which was the second gold.
Edo and Bayelsa athletes finished second and third respectively in that event.
Team Bayelsa went ahead to win two gold medals and a bronze medal in judo to cap an eventful opening day of action at the 20th NSF.