Rivers contingent at the march past, they won the first gold medal
Rivers and Oyo states picked the first two gold medals of the National Sports Festival that was officially declared opened Tuesday night.
Edward Osim of Rivers won the first gold medal of the festival, when he beat Enoruwa Marvis of Ogun in the 200m male cycling event held on Eric Moore Road in Surulere Tuesday morning.
Osim showed class from the flag off, as he pedalled his way to the finish line ahead of Marvis who won the silver medal. Kaduna State’s Issa Mohammed settled for the bronze medal of the male category.
In the female version, Joke Durogbade of Oyo State survived the odds to win her state’s first gold medal, while Juliet Akaegbu of Rivers State came second in the keenly contested finals. Clara Enadogbor of Delta State finished third and got the consolatory bronze medal.
After the race, Osim noted that he came to Lagos to win four gold medals, promising that he will not disappoint the state government who has invested a lot of money to develop the athletes.
“I am here to defend the titles I won at the last sports festival in Port Harcourt, and I have started with this gold medal,” gushed Osim after the race.
“My target is to win four gold medals at the Eko 2012 Games, to tell Nigerians that Rivers State remains the best state in cycling in the country,” he said.