Federal University of Technology Owerri’s Elizabeth Anyanacho won gold at the Taekwondo Open championships in Beirut.
Elizabeth defeated Denmark’s Andersen Jesmin 6 in the finals to win the gold medal in the female -67kg of the World Taekwondo G-2 Beirut Open. The 23 year old defeated Uzbekistan’s Alijonova Gulsanam 22 – 16 in the very tough semi-final of Beirut Open after receiving a bye in the first rounds of event.
On winning her first international tournament following and impressive outing that fetched her a Silver medal at African Champs two weeks ago, Elizabeth expressed her gratitude to all those who have contributed to her continued success in the sport,”I am happy to improve everyday. I learnt a lot out myself in the ring as I kept trying new things and different attitude. I learnt even more from my more experienced opponents. I had to give everything, so I thank them for helping me develop even more. My performance at this event increases my confidence ahead of the Tokyo Olympics. It is a very difficult challenge but we will keep pushing towards the target”
Elizabeth will represent Nigeria at the upcoming Olympic games in Tokyo, becoming the first female Taekwondo athlete from the country since 2002.