Quick-rising para-badminton teenage star, Eniola Bolaji, has revealed that the ideas of her late coach Bello Oyebanji impressed her to victory on the 2021 Spanish Para-Badminton Worldwide competitors in Cartagena, Spain, The PUNCH experiences.
Oyebanji died in a ghastly auto crash alongside Oyo/Ogbomosho expressway in April, on his technique to safe his visa for the Spanish tourney.
One month after Oyebanji’s dying, his athlete, Bolaji, made historical past turning into the primary African to win gold at a para-badminton worldwide championship.
She got here from a set all the way down to defeat Ukraine’s Oksana Kozyna 18-21, 21-14, 21-18 within the remaining.
With the victory, she has additionally certified for the World Para-Badminton Championship in Japan in October.
“I’m very completely happy to have gained the championship and likewise being the primary African to realize this feat,” Bolaji instructed The PUNCH.
“Nevertheless it was powerful for me previous to the event in Spain. I went by loads of difficulties when coach Oyebanji handed on in April. His dying is the inspiration behind my success story right now.
“My late coach, who sadly handed away in April, will at all times be my greatest inspiration.”
The 19-year-old additionally revealed that she capitalised on Kozyna’s weak point to win the ultimate.
“I performed her previous to the quarter-finals and misplaced 2-1, however I observed few weaknesses and capitalised on them after we met within the remaining.
“I’m hopeful of successful one other gold medal in Japan in October.”
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