ATHLETICS: Nigeria Up To 10 Medals At U18 And U20 African Athletics Championship In Abidjan

Nigerian athletes kept the medals coming in as they consolidated on a solid outing on Day One with seven more medals on the second day of competition at the ongoing 14th Confederation of African Athletics U20 and U18 Championships holding at the Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

With three medals won on the first day of competition on Wednesday through Best Erhire in the men’s High Jump event in the under 18 category (gold), Onaara Obamuwagum (gold) in the Triple Jump in the women’s U20 category and Grace Oshiokpu (bronze) in the U18 of the same event, Nigeria had already signaled her intent and Thursday saw the athletes continue in the same vein.

Enoch Adegoke got the ball rolling in the men’s 100m on Wednesday as he ran a season’s best 10.27s to win gold in the men’s 100m with Rosemary Chukwuma also getting in on the act in the women’s category, taking gold with a season-best time of 11.62s ahead of compatriot Grace Nwokeocha who finished in third place.

In the Girls’ 100m, Praise Oforku did well to finish in third place while Favour Ofili raced to a personal best 52.27s to win gold in the girls 400m. It was a sensational performance for the 2018 African Youth Games (AYG) champion as she bettered her previous best of 53.57s which she ran on her way to gold at the AYG.

Glory Patrick finished in third place to win bronze in the women’s 400m while in the field events, Olutunde Olaoluwa and Esther Osisike secured bronze medals in the Boy’s Long Jump and Girl’s Discuss respectively.

After two days of competition, Nigeria leads the medals table with a total of 10 medals with the possibility of more medals on Day Three of the championship.