Nigeria’s Olympic medal hopeful Elizabeth Anyanacho on Sunday 20th June 2021 won her first international championship 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 become only the 2nd female to represent Nigeria at the Olympic games since 2002.