…Uko, Brume, Ofuku in finals, Dare hails winners
Nigeria had a terrific first day to recollect on the World Athletics U-20 Championships on Wednesday because the 4x400m blended relay crew gained the gold medal.
Johnson Nnamani, Imaobong Nse Uko, Opeyemi Oke and Bamidele Ajayi broke the championships report on the way in which to successful gold in a time of three:19.70 after additionally breaking the championships report of their heats victory in a time of three:21.66 earlier within the day.
Nigeria thus gained its first World U-20 gold since 2008 when Folashade Abugan gained the ladies’s 400m title in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
Uko ran a blistering second leg, powering to the primary place after gathering the baton from third-place Nnamani, earlier than handing over to Oke, who ran the third leg.
Ajayi, who ran the anchor, additionally overcame a late resistance from Poland’s Patryk Grzegorzewicz on the house straight, to win the gold medal for Nigeria.
In different races, Workforce Nigeria captain Godson Oghenebrume ran the second quickest time of 10.22secs within the males’s 100m semi-final to qualify for Thursday’s remaining, whereas Reward Ofoku additionally certified for the ladies’s 100m remaining in 11.57secs.
Tima Godbless was nonetheless not as fortunate as she may solely place fifth in her semi-final to overlook out on a remaining slot. Her time was the quickest non-qualifier.
Earlier within the day, Uko ran the quickest time of the three heats – 52.33secs – to qualify for the ultimate of the ladies’s 400m on Saturday.
Chinecherem Nnamdi threw a nationwide U20 report to prime the standings within the males’s javelin throw qualification, with the javelin touchdown at a mark of 78.02m in Group A.
In the meantime, Minister of Youth and Sports activities Improvement, Sunday Dare, has hailed the 4x400m blended relay crew for his or her gold-winning feat.
Dare stated the win ought to function a brand new begin for the Tonobok Okowa-led board of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria.
“I wish to specifically congratulate our U-20 crew for making historical past in Nairobi. This gold is for all Nigerians and this could function the right begin the brand new board of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria must appropriate the ills of the quick previous and return Nigeria among the many main athletics nations on this planet,” Dare stated.
“I bear in mind how dominant we have been within the early years of the championships, after we dominated the sprints and quarter mile occasions. I nonetheless vividly recall how Tina Iheagwam, Falilat Ogunkoya and Mary Onyali dominated the 100m and 200m occasions on the inaugural version of the championships in Athens, Greece in 1986. I additionally bear in mind we gained the ladies’s 400m in successive editions. Who will overlook how Francis Obikwelu turned the second sprinter to win the 100m and 200m in 1996 in Sydney, Australia?
“I’m calling on the AFN to make sure the athletes found listed below are monitored and given the required encouragement to make them observe within the footsteps of their predecessors like Falilat Ogunkoya, Mary Onyali, Ese Brume, Chioma Ajunwa and Blessing Okagbare, who grew to develop into particular person Olympic medallists for Nigeria.”
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