By Uche Dozie
Team Delta continued its fine run in Day five of the fifth edition of the National Youth Games holding at Ilorin, Kwara state.
Just like in Day 4, the team who emerged top in the last edition of the games, got more gold medals to move up the medal’s table ahead of team Lagos who led as at noon.
It was team Lagos with 5 gold, 10 silvers and no bronze medals to Delta’s 4 gold, 2 Silver and 5 bronze hours ago only for Delta to go ahead with 16 gold, 10 silver and 11 bronze medals at the end of today. While Lagos, the state that follow closely accrued 9 gold, 18 silver and 2 bronze medals. Edo follows closely.
One of those moments for team Delta was when it won gold in boys and girls dart 301 events.
Some events today saw Lagos state handball team beat Kaduna state 16-12 to qualify for the U15 girls semi finals at the on going National Youth Games in Ilorin
Delta state beat Ekiti state 15-4 to qualify for the U15 girls semi finals at the on going National Youth Games in Ilorin.
In the boy’s game, Borno state beat Anambra state 32-14 while Ondo state lost 12-24 to Niger state
In volleyball, Anambra state beat Kaduna state 2-1. In the girl’s U15 volleyball event at the National Youth Games in Ilorin.
Team Delta Male Hockey Team beat Oyo 2-0 to claim third straight win in the event.
In tennis, after the rain disruption yesterday, the first, second and third round got on the way with young stars like Ogunsakin, Ibrahim and Udofa progressing to the quarter finals.
Top seed, Suleiman Ibrahim of FCT, who received a bye in the first round, made it through to the quarter-finals of the boys’ singles, after beating his counterpart from Delta and Imo in the second and third round respectively.
Third seed, Ganiyu Mubarak of Oyo, defeated Nuhu Ndwakan of Adamawa and Sodiq Kushimo of Ogun to qualify for the quarter finals.
Seun Ogunshakin of Ekiti was also in imperious form on the day, with the youngster dismissing Hilton Omah of Adamawa and before going on to thrash Clement Dickson of Kaduna.
Akwa Ibom’s David Ekpeyong didn’t break a sweat in his second round drubbing of Michael Nekekpemi of Bayelsa and his perfect over Bello Yahuza of Niger.
The Games’ second seed in the boys’ field, Daniel Adeleye of Ekiti beat Ezekiel Azi of FCT in the second round and will take on Ikenna Okonkwo of Delta in the third round on Friday.
Elsewhere in the girls’ field, top seed, Esther Azi of FCT had soundly defeated Emmanuella Kwange of Niger 4-0, 4-0 in the second round, but failed to contain Mary Udofa of Akwa Ibom in the third round, as she was beaten 4-2, 4-0. Imole Afolabi of Oyo and Faith Adeusi of Ekiti got walkovers into quarter-finals after their respective opponents failed to show up on court.
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