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AFRICAN GAMES RABAT 2019 FALL OUT: AYOMIDE BELLO GETS OLYMPIC TICKET IN CANOEING

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Good performance by Nigeria’ canoeist, Ayomide Bello has earned the teenage girl a ticket to feature at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

 According to a BBC report, she becomes the first female canoeist from the African country to qualify for the Olympics.

Bello, who is 17, won the C1 200 event at Africa’s Tokyo 2020 qualifiers in Morocco.

The teenager also won gold in the C2 women’s final with partner Goodness Foloki at the event in Rabat.

Nigeria’s only previous Olympic canoeist is Warrington-born Jonathan Akinyemi, 30, who competed at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Games.

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Bello competed at the Youth Olympics in Argentina in 2018.

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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