Brume, Onyekwere, Francis all win medals on Athletics Day 4 at 12th African Games
Three Nigerian athletes made the podium as Athletics contributed to helping Team Nigeria displace South Africa for second place on the overall medal standings at the 12th African Games in Rabat, Morocco on Thursday.
Long Jump specialist Ese Brume did well to claim her first African Games title, leaping 6.69m on her final attempt to conveniently win in the final of the event. Her mark was so good that it was just a centimeter short of the all-time Record at the Games of 6.70m held by Janice Joseph. Newly crowned Triple Jump champion, Grace Anigbata meanwhile soared to the 5.77m mark but it was not enough to get to the second round of the final as she placed 13th.
Chioma Onyekwere won Team Nigeria’s other Gold medal in Athletics on the day, throwing 59.91m on her 4th attempt to clinch the title. Her compatriots Ashley Anumba and Princess Kara managed 4th and 5th place finishes with marks of 53.45m & 49.85m respectively.
Kemi Francis thereafter sealed up Silver for herself in the women’s Hepthatlon after claiming the win in the final round of events – the 800m late in the evening.
On the track, the duo of Divine Oduduru (20.45s) and Ogho-Oghene Egwero (20.76s) each secured qualification to the final of the men’s 200m after delivering brilliant performances to win their semi-finals. Emmanuel Arowolo placed 4th with 21.01s in his semi-finals heat.
Rosemary Chukwuma will be Nigeria’s only competitor in the women’s 200m final as she has managed to seal a fastest losers’ spot after clocking 23.67s to place 4th in her semis. Mercy Ntia-Obong meanwhile finished 3rd in her semis with 23.83s.
Another Nigerian athlete who will be gunning for a medal on Friday is Abasiamo Akpan, who secured qualification to the final of the women’s 400m Hurdles, clocking 59.01s to win her heat. Rita Ossai finished 4th with 1:00.36 in another semi-final.
Rilwan Alowonle narrowly missed out of medal placement in the men’s 400m Hurdles final as his 49.42s time could only earn him a 4th place finish.