Nigerian teenage taekwondo sensation, Elizabeth Anyanacho made the country proud during the weekend when she secured a silver medal at the 2021 African Taekwondo Championship in Dakar, Senegal.
The 16-year-old taekwondoist is the first Nigerian female to qualify for the Taekwondo event of the Olympics in 16 years and the second female after Princess Dudu’s qualification for the Athens 2004 Olympics.
The three-time national champion, Anyanacho lost narrowly 8-10 to world champion and Olympic medalist, Ruth Gbagbi of Cote D’Ivoire in the women’s -67kg. While this result is not what she hoped for, her performance would give her confidence ahead of the 2020 Olympics.
Her results in Dakar would count towards the seeding of exponents at the Tokyo Olympic Games. Anyanacho said ahead of her trip to Dakar that she hoped to win the gold medal and use the championship to test run her techniques and know how her training has been.
Anyanacho’s feat came just a week after another Team Nigeria’s Olympic medal hopeful, Ese Brume broke Chioma Ajunwa’s 25 years African women’s long jump record at the Chula Vista Field festival in California.