Nigerian female wrestler, Miesinnei Mercy Genesis entered the history books as the country’s first ever sports personality to win a medal at the maiden ANOC World Beach Games, holding in Doha, Qatar, megasportsarena.com reports.
Genesis set the benchmark on Monday, when she emerged second in the women’s wrestling 50kg, to take silver behind Kamila Barbosa Vito Da Silva of Brazil, while the bronze medal went to Miglena Georgieva Selishka of Bulgaria.
In other events at the Games organised by Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC), Muhammad Inam delivered a gold medal for Pakistan, as the Asian country’s sole representative triumphed in the men’s 90 kilogram beach wrestling final.
The two-time Commonwealth Games champion vowed to showcase Pakistan as a “sport loving and friendly nation” at the first edition of the multi-sport event and experience on the sand of the 2016 Asian Beach Games champion shone through as progressed through to the final.
There, Inam faced the challenge of Georgia’s Dato Marsagishvili and completed his impressive competition by winning 5-2 to clinch gold, while Spain earned the bronze medal with Pedro Jacinto Garcia Perez winning 3-2 against Mihai Nicolae Palaghia of Romania.
On the other hand, Georgia got mixed fortunes in the two men’s finals, Levan Kelekhsashvili succeeding where Marsagishvili had failed, while Romania’s Stefan Coman beat Greece’s Niko Arouzmanidis 3-0 to earn the bronze medal.
Kelekhsashvili emerged winner of the men’s 70kg competition after a closely fought contest with Azerbaijan’s Panah Ilyasli, after the Georgian earned the solitary point of the final to be crowned champion.