With 42 gold, 39 silver and 35 bronze medals, a team of young swimmers from Ikoyi Club 1938 finished top of the table at the just concluded 46th International Swimming Competition in Neheim-Husten, Germany.
Ikoyi Club 1938 defeated competitors from 35 other clubs from seven countries to emerge champions.
The swimmers also returned home with several certificates and trophies for outstanding performances in different categories. Many swimmers also attained personal best times in their events.
The top five medallists were Abduljabar Adama (8 gold, 1 silver), Chukwudi Kanu (6 gold, 5 silver), Maria Perner (5 gold, 4 silver, 1 bronze), Kayo Adeniji (5 gold, 3 silver) and Iman Adama (3 gold, 4 silver, 1 bronze).
The Chairman of the Swimming Section, Ikoyi Club 1938, Mr. Abayomi Ogundipe, commended the young lads saying: “Their exceptional performance and conduct qualifies them as good ambassadors of Ikoyi Club 1938, their various schools, and Nigeria in general.”
On his part, the Vice chairman/Games Captain of the Swimming Section at Ikoyi Club, Oloyede Obatoyinbo, said that he was particularly proud of the girls and boys relay teams. While the girls came first in the 4x100m Freestyle Relay, the boys finished second in the Medley Relay team.
The swimmers who participated in the Boys Freestyle Relay were Adewole Adekoya, Akaolisa Nweze, Toluwalase Magbagbeola, and Olaseni Adekeye all of who achieved sub 1.10:00. They are 13 years of age.
The Girls Freestyle Relay team included Chiamaka Kanu, Iman Adama, Layomi Odusanya and Maria Perner. The Boys Medley Relay team included Adewole Adekoya, Akaolisa Nweze, Luka Okoli, and Olaseni Adekeye.
Obatoyinbo said that given the times the swimmers (age 9-13 years) achieved; the future of swimming in Nigeria is very promising.
The Coaches of Ikoyi Club 1938, Pius Adegboye, Barakumo Loya and Tough Atelemo were proud of the team, just as they commended Ikoyi Club 1938 for showing the way for others to follow in Nigeria.