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Aboh Mbaise rules Imo sports festival

13th Imo State Sports Festival has ended in Owerri with Aboh Mbaise emerging overall winners with 49 gold, 15 silver and 20 bronze amassing a total of 84 medals.

Oguta finished second with 39 gold, 20 silver, 28 bronze (80 medals) while Ikeduru ended third with 29 gold, 19 silver and 17 bronze (65 medals).

In fourth place was Nkwere with 10 gold, 4 silver and 6 bronze (20 medals).

Highpoints of the Festival, which was last held in 2008, was 12 year-old Patience Joseph from Ikeduru, who won gold in 5,000m and silver in 800m.

Joseph beat much older and experienced athletes to emerge victorious.

Twenty six out of 27 Local Government Areas featured at the Festival.

Similarly, 15 year-old Adaku Echefu from Ikeduru won three gold medals in swimming.

Chukwukadibia Obasi of Ikeduru was the overall best athlete with four gold in 800m, 1,500m, 5,000m and 4×100m relay.

601 athletes participated in 29 sports.

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