Nigeria’s Tonye Sawari has emerged champion of the 2022 Knights Males’s Épée Satellite tv for pc Fencing Match following a 15-11triumph over Moyosore Babalola.
In a keenly-contested ultimate on the Lagos Continental Resort, Victoria Island, each fencers had been operating neck to neck simply earlier than the primary break as Babalola led 6-5.
The ultimate three minutes noticed a rejuvenated Sawari, who turned the warmth on his compatriot as he led for the primary time 8-7 with the clock counting down at 1min.57seconds.
Three extra consecutive factors noticed Sawari widens his benefit to 11-7 with about 80 seconds remaining; and by the point it was 15 seconds left, he has put a daylight between himself and his opponent with scores at 14-9 and each scored a degree every simply earlier than the sound of the buzzer for a ultimate 15-10 scores.
Sawari, whereas celebrating his victory, acknowledged that, it is a dream comes true for him as a result of as at two months in the past all these he defeated on the championship had been beating him effortlessly in coaching.
“I’m so delighted to be the winner right here at the moment and I thank my household and the federation for his or her assist”. He went dwelling with a gold medal and $500 as prize cash.
Silver medalist Moyosore Babalola bought $200 whereas Nigeria’s Iyinoluwa Babarinsa and Djibril Affo-Mefi of Togo who had been bronze medalists bought $150 every.
Nigerian Fencing Federation President, Adeyinka Samuel expressed delight on the profitable internet hosting of the championship which additionally featured youngsters as a part of aspect sights to commemorate the September 10 World Fencing Day.
Samuel acknowledged, “That is one other landmark within the historical past of Fencing in Nigeria because it marks the very first time a championship of this magnitude is hosted in sub Sahara Africa.
“Let me categorically say that Fencing has come to remain in Nigeria as there was constant rising of curiosity within the sport over the previous few years.”