Team Nigeria rack up six medals on Athletics Day 3 at 12th African Games
It was another well rewarding day for Team Nigeria in track and field events at the 12th African Games ongoing in Rabat, on Wednesday – Day 3 of Athletics.
A major highlight of the day was the women’s 100m Hurdles where Tobi Amusan clocked 12.68s to retain her title, smashing the 20-year-old Meeting Record set by her compatriot Glory Alozie (12.74s) in 1999. Grace Ayemoba finished 4th with 13.46s but Ruth Francis however opted out the race because it coincided with one of her Heptathlon events.
National Record holder, Kelechi Nwanaga defended her Javelin title from 2015 after throwing a distance of 55.88m on her last attempt to emerge champion for the second consecutive time.
Despite the absence of Blessing Okagbare, quartet of Joy Udo-Gabriel, Rosemary Chukwuma Mercy Ntia-Obong and Adekunle Jasper went ahead to claim Gold in the women’s 4x100m Relay with a time of 44.16s.
In the men’s category, Nigeria had to settle for Silver after Team Ghana delivered an amazing performance to emerge champions. The quartet of Divine Oduduru, Usheoritse Itsekiri, Raymond Ekevwo & Emmanuel Arowolo clocked 38.59s.
Earlier on, Favour Ofili handed Nigeria the first Athletics medal of the day after clocking 51.68s to finish 2nd behind Botswana’s Galefele Moroko in the women’s 400m final. Nigeria’s Patience Okon-George finished 5th with 52.18s in the same contest.
In the men’s 400m final, Chidi Okezie stormed to a new Personal Best of 45.61s to clinch Bronze. Meanwhile, his compatriot Emmanuel Ojeli placed 6th in the same race with a time of 46.05s.
Rilwan Alowonle and Timothy Emoghene failed to advance to the semi-finals of the 400m Hurdles after finishing 4th and 8th in their respective heats.