Nigeria finishes second at Egypt 2015 ITTF WJC

Abayomi Animashaun won a gold medal at the just concluded ITTF World Junior Circuit (WJC) in Egypt.

Abayomi Animashaun won a gold medal at the just concluded ITTF World Junior Circuit (WJC) in Egypt.

With four gold and three bronze medals, Nigeria finished second behind host, Egypt, at the just concluded ITTF World Junior Circuit (WJC).

Egypt topped the table with seven gold, while Slovenia won three gold medals to settle for third spot on the medals’ table.

Over 15 countries from Africa, Europe and Asia took part in the one-week championship held at the 6th October Hall in Cairo.

Nigeria made the second spot on the final day of the championship with Esther Oribamise, Abayomi Animashaun and Amadi Omeh claiming gold in the cadet and mini cadet events.

Animashaun defeated Egypt’s Yehia Saad 3-0 in the mini cadet boys’ singles final, while Amadi Omeh increased the gold to two when he also accounted for the 3-0 defeat of Egypt’s Marwan Abdelwahab  in the cadet
boys’ singles final.

The star player for Nigeria was Oribamise, who had earlier failed to excel in the junior girls’ event but had to measure up in the cadet girls’ singles when she beat Egypt’s Rolan Hesham 3-0 to clinch the third gold for the West African giant.

In the cadet girls’ doubles, Oribamise partnered Tunisia’s Fadwa Garci to beat Egypt’s Roa Amro and Farida Badawy 3-0 to add to her medal haul in Cairo.

An elated Animashaun said: “I give God all the glory for being able to achieve this in my first international appearance. I listened to my coaches, which is one of the reasons I was able to win medal in Egypt.”

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