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Ayomide Bello Is the First Nigerian to Win Gold At an International Water Sports Event

She's headed to the Olympics next.

Another day, another Nigerian making serious waves in the sports world.

Last Sunday, canoeist Ayomide Bello did just that when she made history by becoming the first Nigerian to win the top prize at an international water sports competition.

The athlete took home gold at the Open International Canoe Sprint Competition in India, coming in first place in the final of the 200 meters event, as Konbini notes.


This is the first time a Nigerian has won gold in a competition since the establishment of the Nigeria Rowing, Canoe and Sailing Federation (NRCSF).

According to Nigerian Sports publication Brila, The athlete also won bronze in the "individual event (C1 500m), and two more in the C2 500m and C2 200m team events, with her partner Blessing Amusar." Their success means that Team Nigeria left the competition with a total of four medals.

Both athletes competed in the 2018 Youth Olympics in Argentina, as highlighted in this BBC Pidgin report.

"The federation is proud of the achievement of the athletes in India and we hope they will do more in other international engagement," Secretary of the NRCSF, Bunmi Oluode told the News Agency of Nigeria according to The Sun.

Next, the athlete will head to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, where we hope to see her shine once again.

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Ivory Coast President Alssane Ouattara's announcement to run for a third term has seen several citizens killed in clashes between protesters and security forces.

Four civilians have reportedly died in demonstrations that have seen President Alassane Ouattara's supporters clashing with security forces. An 18 year-old reportedly died in a violent demonstration in the southeastern town of Bonoua, 50km from the economic hub, Abidjan.

Demonstrations by youth oppose Ouattara's re-election campaign stating that his presidential bid is unconstitutional. Ivory Coast's Constitution prohibits Outtara's run for president, but he contests that this law was only approved in 2016 in the middle of his second presidential term and therefore is not applicable.

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