Teenage sensation Udo-Gabriel bags bronze at African Championships

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Teenage sensation Joy Udo-Gabriel was the standout athlete for Nigeria in the women’s 100m final as she finished 3rd to claim bronze medal for the hosts.

Pitched against World Leader Marie Josee Ta Lou from Ivory Coast, and Ghanaian swift duo Janet Amponsah and Hor Halutie, Udo-Gabriel undauntedly crossed the finish line in 11.58s to win her first individual medal at the senior level.

In the opening day of the Championships, the 19-year-old set things rolling on a high for Team Nigeria as she conveniently won her heat in a time of 11.64s.

The Commonwealth Games bronze medalist made it a second win in as many races as she stopped the at 11.68s to finish 1st in the semi-finals.

She went on to shrug off competition from some top profile athletes across the continent to finish 3rd behind Ta Lou (11.15s), who bagged gold, and Amponsah (11.54s), who finished 2nd.

Meanwhile, Nigeria’s other representative in the final, Mercy Ntia-Obong came 5th in 11.69s.

Udo-Gabriel will now hope she would her makes good her impeccable form when she teams up with Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor, Tobi Amusan, Mercy Ntia-Obong, Rosemary Chukwuma & Blessing Ogundiran in the women’s 4x100m team.

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