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NOGIG 2024: Swimming Pools Crowd As Men’s Tennis Enters Semis

As is common with most multi-sports events where swimming events conjure special attention, it was not different yesterday as swimmers took to the pool at Package B of the Moshood Abiola National Stadium complex, Abuja.

Although other events were going on, the swimming pool was the centre of attraction as spectators drawn mainly from participating contingents swarmed the stands to cheer their representatives to victory.

In one of the heats in 50 metres breaststroke(men), 54-year-old Hendrik Smith, representing NLNG finished second and was full of praise for himself. “I had an operation recently and had little time to train before the games. For me to place second in the heat against this strong field gives me hope that I can still compete.”

He said that NLNG will push all the way to win the games, a feat they have never achieved before. In another heat, Shola Ayemo of Chevron beat all comers to clinch the first position. He said his performance was a warning to other contenders that he was still the champion. “I won gold at the last NOGIG. I want to retain my gold medal and nobody can take it away from me.”

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