Nigeria’s poor run at the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympics continues after Elizabeth Anyanacho failed to reach the next round following defeat to Turkish two times Olympics medalist Nur Tartar on Monday morning.
Anyanacho, 22, lost 12 – 7 to double Olympic medalist and former world champion, Nur Tartar of Turkey in the female – 67kg category of the Olympics Taekwondo event.
Anyanacho initially hoped to be eligible to fight for a conciliatory bronze medal but that has also slipped out of her reach, which makes her very sad.
She said: “I lost to Turkey 7-12. Turkey then lost in golden point to the USA after a 1- 1 draw. This means I am totally out of fighting for a podium place at the Tokyo Olympics.
“I have cried and I still feel hurt because I wanted to spring a good surprise, despite being 4 years early to my original Paris 2024 Olympics.
“It has been quite a journey. Truly, a long and challenging journey with a rollercoaster of emotions.”
“It will be a difficult few weeks and months ahead of me, because I will keep replaying today in my head, and trying to replay all I could have done. But it is OK, because the lessons will help my development”, she wrote on her social media page.