YOG: WHY I WAS DENIED GOLD MEDAL – ORITSEMEYIWA
By Wale Ayeni, Abuja
Team Nigeria captain ORITSEMEYIWA INEH who won a silver medal for the country at the just concluded Youth Olympic Games in BUENOS, AIRES ARGENTINA said he was aiming for the Gold medal, but he was denied due to the injuries he sustained before the final of the triple Jump events
ORITSEMEYIWA leapt 16.34m in the final stage for a silver medal position in the men’s event behind CUBA’S JORDAN DIAZ FORTUN who leaping 17.14m, clinched the gold medal in style while PRAVEEN CHITHRAVEL from INDIA placed third to win the bronze medal.
In a chat with LEADERSHIP SPORTS ORITSEMEYIWA said he was going for the gold medal but was hindered by the injuries he suffered before his final outing.
“I am an Olympic silver medallist with a record of 16;34m which is an African youth record .
“I was hoping to win the Gold medal but I had injuries which kept me away, but in all Glory be to God I made it through the youth games” he said
According to him “I made my country proud three times in my first year of representing Nigeria, it is a dream come through for me” he noted
Prior to the YOUTH OLYMPICS GAMES, ORITSEMEYIWA had a personal best of 16.22m in the AFRICAN YOUTH GAMES in ALGERIA and ECOWAS U-20 champion event to emerge as the Africa youth record holder.