Tragedy was averted at the National Sports Festival 2012 tagged ‘Eko 2012’, when the medical team succesfully revived a certain Miss Emutimu Duke.
The almost tragic incident occured at the beginning of the final of 200 m
Butterfly for women, when Ibukun Adamolekun took a comfortable lead at
the first and second laps.
She appeared to be coasting to the gold even on the third lap, but
Emutimu Duke of Delta wouldn’t give up without a fight as she almost
caught up with her in the final lap. Emutimu surprised all and the loud
cheers was just the motivation she needed to take the lead.
But Ibukun would rather die than lose the gold that once appeared
within reach before the hot chase. She gave her all and still won it but
it was not as easy as she impressed in the beginning.
She was exhaused and while celebrating her hard earned gold she saw
herself gasping for breath and was falling back into the pool before she
was quickly rescued after she signaled danger and called for help.
She collapsed and the medical team battled to her. The arena roaring
spectators turned quiet as silent prayers were offered to avert what
could be a tragedy. After about five minutes, Ibukun was revived and the
fans once more cheered the gold winner as she was taken to the medical
room for further attention.