9 December 2012

Nigeria: Eko 2012 - Lagos Discovers 13-Year-Old Swimmer

Lagos — The Lagos State Swimming Association (LSSA) said on Sunday that it discovered a 13-year-old female swimmer who won three silver medals for Team Lagos at the just-concluded 18th National Sports Festival (NSF).

Samuel Ebito-Jesimiel, Chairman, LSSA disclosed this in Lagos.

He gave the name of the youngster as Ayomide Bello, who won silver medals for the state in the women's 50 metres freestyle, 50 metres butterfly and 200m breaststroke events in swimming in 27.18 secs, 33.18 secs and 3 mins, 21.86 secs, respectively.

Ebito-Jesimiel said that he was impressed with the speed of the teenage swimmer, adding that if properly guided, she could be a world-beater when she turns 18.

He said that Lagos State mostly fielded first-timers in swimming at the festival.

"We are particularly delighted that we discovered a 13-year-old, who was able to compete with seasoned swimmers and win three silver medals for us at the Games," Ebito-Jesimiel added.

NAN reports that Team Delta topped the standings in swimming with 47 medals, including 20 gold, 17 silver and nine bronze, while Team Ondo was second with 15 medals, made up of six gold, four silver and five bronze.

Team Edo placed third with six medals: four gold and two silver, while Team Lagos settled for the fourth position with 14 medals, including one gold, six silver and seven bronze medals. (NAN)

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