Tonye Sawari of Nigeria defeated Moyosore Babalola by a score of 15-11 to take the title in the 2022 Knights Men’s Épée Satellite Fencing competition.
Both fencers went neck and neck right before the first break in a hotly fought final hosted at the Lagos Continental Hotel, with Babalola leading 6-5.
With one minute, 57 seconds left in the game, a revitalized Sawari turned up the pressure on his fellow countryman to take the lead for the first time, 8-7.
With roughly 80 seconds left, Sawari extended his lead to 11 to seven after scoring three more points in a row. Sawari has distanced himself from his rival with 15 seconds remaining, winning 14 to 9. A final score of 15 to 10 was achieved by both shortly before the buzzer sounded.
As of two months before to the championship, every opponent Sawari faced was easily defeating him in practice, thus his triumph was a “dream come true,” according to Sawari, who characterized it.
In addition, he thanked his family and the federation for their support, saying, “I am really thrilled to be the winner here today.”
A gold medal and $500 in cash were the prizes he received before leaving.
Iyinoluwa Babarinsa of Nigeria and Djibril Affo-Mefi of Togo shared the bronze medal and received $150 apiece, while Babalola, who won the silver medal, received $200.
Adeyinka Samuel, the president of the Nigeria Fencing Federation (NFF), spoke about the competition and expressed happiness over its positive conclusion. The event, which was held on September 10 to honor World Fencing Day and included children as a side attraction, was a success.
This is another important milestone in the history of fencing in Nigeria since it is the first time a competition of this magnitude has been held in sub-Saharan Africa.
As there has been a constant rise in interest in the sport over the last several years, he said, “Let me state clearly that Fencing has come to stay in Nigeria.”