By Solomon Nwoke
AFTER braving up to the difficult opposition on his way to winning the gold in the Cadet men freestyle wrestling in the 60kg weight class at the ongoing African wrestling championships, Stephen Akintewe is now dreaming of becoming an Olympic champion.
The 16-year-old student of Akure High School, Akure, Ondo State told Sports Vanguard here in Port Harcourt that he gave his all to training and took each bout cautiously following his coach’s instructions. He battled hard to beat Sierra Leone’s Alex Foday Kallon.
He said, “ the bout against Alex Foday of Sierra Leone was a little bit hard, but I thank the Lord that gave me victory. My opponent was strong, but I am stronger and that is why I am better than him. I put all the techniques I was taught into practice and it paved way for me.
“While preparing for this tournament, I took all corrections seriously and did all that the coach asked me to do. So my victory was as a result of hard work. “This is my first appearance at the Africa Championships and I’m very happy to win the gold medal. “
The gold medalist added that the feat would spur him to get better in the sport so as to further represent the country at future tournaments.
“I believe if I can improve more on myself there’s still a lot I can do for my dear country. I want to become an Olympic Champion. i will go back to intensive more efforts into my training,” Akinteye said.