Senegal's Adama Diatta claimed his eight African Championships title ©UWW

Senegal’s Adama Diatta claimed his eighth gold medal at the African Wrestling Championships at the Alfred Diete-Spif Civic Centre in Port Harcourt.

The two-time Olympian was hoping to continue his domination at the continental event in Nigeria and eased through the early rounds of the men’s 71 kilogram freestyle competition.

Diatta was given the task of overcoming Tunisia’s Chedli Methlouthi in the gold medal match and lived up to expectations by winning 5-2 to secure the gold medal.

Home favourite Firstman Victory won the bronze medal match 7-5 against South Africa’s Gert Coetzee.

The host nation had a mixed day in finals, as their team concluded with a handful of gold and silver medals to their credit.

Ogbonna Emmanuel John delighted the locals by winning the 70kg title, having scored the final point of his tie against Egypt’s Amr Red Hussen after their contest ended 2-2.

Jean Diatta earned the first bronze medal, the Senegalese wrestler joined on the podium by Algeria’s Chems Bouchaib

Ekerekeme Agiomor followed his team-mate with the Nigerian beating South Africa’s Fredylan Marais 11-0 in a dominant display in the 79kg event.

Bronze medals were earned in the division by Angola’s Francisco Kadima and Morocco’s Oussema Rigani.

Further Nigerian gold was delivered by Amas Daniel, who secured a 7-2 triumph over Tunisia’s Haithem Dakhlaoui in the 65kg division.

Algeria’s Fares Lakel won the bronze medal match against Morocco’s Sofiane El Khamer.

Hosts Nigeria claimed four golds and several silver medals ©UWW
Hosts Nigeria claimed four golds and several silver medals ©UWW

A fourth Nigerian gold was claimed by Melvin Bibo in the 86kg final, as he triumphed 10-0 against South Africa’s Hein van Rensburg.

Tunisia’s Imed Kaddidi and Sudan’s Basher Guma claimed bronze medals.

There was disappointment for Nigeria in the 57kg division, as South Africa’s Jan Louwrens earned a victory by fall over home wrestler Ebikewenimo Welson in the gold medal match.

Morocco’s Gamal Mohamed and Algeria’s Abdelhak Kherbache clinched the bronze medals in the division.

Robert Daufa was unable to claim gold in front of a home crowd in the 92kg event, the Nigerian being beaten 3-0 by Egypt’s Hosam Merghany.

The podium was rounded off by Kenya’s John Omondi, a 15-4 winner over Liberia’s Eric Borkuah.

South Africa success continued in the 97kg competition, Martin Erasmus edging Nigeria’s Soso Tamarau in the final after their match ended 1-1.

Cameroon’s Yvan Tchouga beat Algeria’s Mohammed Fardj 6-1 in the bronze medal match.

The men’s 74kg division saw Tunisia’s Ayoub Barraj produce a strong performance to beat Egypt’s Sami Hamdi Amine 2-0 in the gold medal match.

Sudan’s Ali Mustafa overcame Chakir Mohamed of Morocco 14-2 in the bronze medal match.

The Championships are due to conclude tomorrow with the Greco-Roman and women’s freestyle finals.