Team Delta added another gold to her medal haul in the female lawn tennis doubles final as the Festival approaches its climax. The host were leading against Ekiti 6-1 after the first set, before they were awarded the victory after a team member from Ekiti retired as a result of an injury she sustained before the start of the second set.
Speaking after the game, Delta’s Oyinlomo Quadre said that as an outdoor sport, the weather condition made it difficult for them to compete, but was happy they were able to win.
‘’it has been a really tough tournament. Asaba weather condition is very tough, and as you can see it is an outdoor sport, and it has been really difficult to combine all the events we are playing in because of the weather. But we are delighted to win gold.
‘’The matches were not easy but we worked as a team and we are just happy that we pulled through for Delta. We had to think smart and do things correctly. It was unfortunate that one of their players retired because of injury because they were really good doubles’ players’’ she said.
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Quadre will face her teammate, Marylove Edwards in the female singles final on Friday after both won their respective semi-final matches.
Delta also won Gold in the Men’s doubles after they defeated Bayelsa.
Nasarawwa won the mixed doubles quarter-finals, defeating Oyo in straight sets 6-2, 6-3. In the other matches of the day, Kaduna won Ogun in the first male semis, 6-2, 6-2, while Bayelsa won Kaduna in the second semis, 6-2, 7-5.
In other events on Thursday, Samuel Kure of Delta, won the men’s Javelin throw, while Stella Ayanleke of Delta won the 100M hurdles with a personal best of 13.58 secs, likewise Okonye Precious of Delta, who won the Men’s 110m hurdles.
Delta also defeated Rivers in a south-south battle in the women’s volleyball semifinals, 3-1. Rivers had drawn level after the second set, before Delta pulled away to win the next two sets. They would play Edo in the finals, after the southern side, defeated Oyo 3-0 in the other semifinals.