Breaking: Elizabeth Anyanacho bows to highly-rated Turkish Taekwondo opponent, remains in contest for 2020 Olympics medal




Coach Chika Chukwumerije giving pep talk to Elizabeth Anyanacho during 2020 Olympics Taekwondo -67kg fight vs Turkey's Nur Tarkar

Nigeria’s Elizabeth Anyanacho early Monday morning lost out to double Olympic Medalist and former world champion, Nur Tartar of Turkey.

The duo, competing in the female -67kg, kick-started competition day three for the taekwondo event.

Tartar who edged out Anyanacho 12 – 7 used her Olympic and world experience to capitalise on the inexperience of her Nigerian counterpart.

With seven to her name, Anyanacho showed glimpses of future brilliance against the world champion, but could not shake off the anxiety in time to overcome her top ranked opponent.

Anyanacho will have to wait to see if Tartar makes it to the final, to be eligible to fight for a conciliatory bronze medal.

Minister of Youths and Sports, Mr Sunday Dare, who was at the venue to support Nigeria’s second ever Taekwondo female Olympian, reached out to encourage the 22-year old after the match.

“You have done well against a world champion. Keep your focus and let’s pray the Turkish champion gets to the final so you can fight for a bronze. We are here to support you all day,” he said.

The taekwondo event has thrown up many upsets including defeats of double Olympic champion, Jade Jones of Great Britain, defending Olympic champion Hang Jun of South Korea and his compatriot, triple world champion Lee Dae Hyun of South Korea.

So far, Africa had recorded only one medal through the silver medal won by Mohammed Khalil Jendoubi 

Egypt, Niger Republic, Morocco, Mali whose athletes competed in day one and two have also failed to reach the medal stages.