NYG 2013: Bayelsa, Osun, Yobe Emerge Category Champions in Taekwondo

104 athletes yesterday took part in the Taekwondo event as Bayelsa, Osun and Yobe states have emerged champions in different categories of events which was held at the VNational-Youth-Gameselodrome of the National Stadium, Abuja.

Laipko Frederick from Bayelsa, produced intimidating kicks to defeat his opponent Ahmadu Isa from Nasarawa in the final of the male -48 weight category.

Frederick had earlier dismissed Esakpa Kerry from Rivers, to book his final spot with Isa who defeated Oluigbo Mathew from Osun state in the male -48 kg semifinals clash for athletes between the ages of 14 and 15.

Adegoke Abdullahi from Osun state also had a filled day, as he humbled Ekpo Joseph from Akwa Ibom to win the male -55 category in a keenly contested match.

To make it to the final, Abdullahi brushed aside Abubakar Isah from Kaduna, while Joseph who lost his final match defeated Agwu Isaac before picking the final slot.

The male 55 kg was won by Bashiru Mohammed who defeated Usman Mohammed from Niger state.

Mohammed had earlier kicked out Ndem Joe-Maria in the semifinals, while Usman defeated Okechi Chima from Abia.

59 male athletes took part in the taekwondo event, while 45 contested in the female category.