Review of Team Nigeria’s activities at African Championships on Day 3
It was another productive day for Nigeria at Day 3 of the ongoing African Senior Athletics Championships in Asaba as home athletes raked in more medals from several events.
Three Gold, two Silver and two Bronze medals were won by the West Africans to take the medal tally to 11 altogether.
The highlight of the day was the title-winning race by the quartet of Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor, Joy Udo-Gabriel, Tobi Amusan and Rosemary Chukwuma in the 4x100m. The team clocked 43.77s to claim Gold medal in the event.
The quartet of Seye Ogunlewe, Divine Oduduru, Ogho-Oghene Egwero and Emmanuel Arowolo clocked 38.74s to finish 2nd behind the South African team, anchored by 100m Champion Akani Simbine in the 4x100m final. Nigeria won Silver in the event.
Women’s Long Jump
There was none stopping Ese Brume from picking up Gold in the Long Jump event as her best leap of 6.83m (0.5m/s), which she made in her 4th attempt, was enough to set her aside from her contenders.
Meanwhile, DAG Ambassador Precious Okoronkwo had a result of 6.09m to finish in 5th place.
The Nigerian duo of Chioma Onyekwere and Chinwe Okoro had clear domination in the Discus Throw final as they they finished in the top two positions at the event. Onyekwere bagged Gold with a best throw of 58.09m while Okoro came in 2nd place having managed a result of 57.37m.
Yinka Ajayi made the podium with a 3rd place finish in the 400m final with a time record of 51.34s. Meanwhile, Patience Okon-George finished 5th having clocked 52.34s.
Chidi Okezie finished 3rd and bagged Bronze having clocked 45.65s in the 400m final. Orupke Erayokan came in 5th place after crossing the finish line in 46.38s.
Men’s High Jump
Mike Edwards missed the podium by whiskers as his 2.15m result was just not enough to outwit South Africa’s Mpho Links in 3rd place. Edwards settled for 4th place.
Edosa Ibadin finished 8th in the 800m final having clocked 1:48.31s.