Elizabeth Anyanacho Wins Gold Ahead Of Tokyo Olympic Games
By Amaechi Agbo
Nigeria Olympic-bound taekwondoist, Elizabeth Anyanacho over the weekend defeated Denmark’s Andersen Jesmin to win gold medal in the female category -67kg at the World Taekwondo G-2 Beirut Open.
Prior to the final, Elizabeth had defeated Uzbekistan’s Alijonova Gulsanam 22 – 16 in a very tough semi-final of the Beirut Open.
Reacting after the feat, the young, promising taekwondoist said the victory is evidence of much improvement in her training.
He thanked her opponents, trainer, sports minister, the media, family and stakeholders in the taekwondo sport for their support.
“I am happy to improve everyday. I learnt a lot out myself in the ring as I kept trying new things and different attitude.
“I learnt even more from my more experienced opponents. I had to give everything, so I thank them for helping me develop even more.
“Many thanks to my mentor, who never likes being mentioned. Many thanks to physio Nnenna and my team mate Itiku for playing multiple roles.
“Many thanks to Coach Khalila, Coch Jamilu, Coach Victor, me my national team mates Chinazum, Uzo, Ifeoluwa, Helen, Juliet, Judith, d team ccsf team mate Favour, whose training support has been critical in the last few weeks. Let’s do it again this next two weeks.
“My performance at this event increases my confidence ahead of the Tokyo Olympics. It is a very difficult challenge but we will keep pushing towards the target.
“Many thanks to Mr Sunday Dare, sports minister, for making this last preparatory event possible.
“To the media, who have been following my development and encouraging me with their coverage, despite I remain n support athlete thank you so much.
“Thank you to all Nigerians always rooting for me on social media and in person. Special mention to the 167 Nigerians whose donations ensured I participated in my first competitive event in 18 months, earlier in March.
“Thanks to ACTDF and Engr. Noah Dallaji whose recent adoption and financial boost increased my good feeling and confidence.
“My dear family and friends, your love and suppoot needs no description. Thank you.”