D.K Olukoya Championships : Raymond, Anikeme, Usoro and Odugbesan excited over wins
The Man of the day Raymond Ekevwo
The 6th edition of The National Youth and Junior Championships which is sponsored by MFM was held at The Yaba College of Technology, Lagos. Over the years, the D.K Olukoya Meet has become a veritable platform for helping young athletes rise to stardom.
Raymond Ekevwo and Anikeme Alphonsus were among the winners at the
Raymond, who is the new kid on the blocks, won the 100m Boys with a stunning time of 10.37s.The fastest by any Nigerian Junior in recent years. He had a Personal Best of 10.56s coming into the competition but lowered it during the heats (10.53s) and this qualifies him for The World Junior Championships in Poland.
Speaking with ‘Athleticheat’. ‘I was a bit surprised, I never expected to go that fast but I am greatful to God. ” At the World Junior, I am hoping for the best. When we get to Poland, God will take control’.
Nigeria fastest home based athlete, Anikeme Alphonsus converted the 100m title in 11.59s a far cry from her 11.35s in the heat ‘She said, “I am very happy that I ran a PB of 11.35s. I am grateful to God. The reason I ran a slower time in the final was probably because of tension. I need to work on my start and finishing, so that I can run faster. My target is to win the GOLD medal in Poland and run a new record as well”
Anikeme Alphonsus in action
In Shot Put, Isaac Odugbesan was the one to beat as he won with a throw of 17.9m. Isaac said ‘I am excited but I believe i can do better, because a 17.9m is a far cry from what is expected at The World Juniors. So I believe i could do better than that. I am hoping
Shot put champion Isaac Odugbesan
The Long Jump event was won by 2015 National Bronze medalist, Ruth Usoro (6.11m). Mercy Abire was second with 5.98m and Peace in third. Ruth who spoke in excitement said ‘I am very delighted to win the long Jump though my aim was to go over 6.20m but I thank God all the same’
Long Jump champion Ruth Usoro
The Javelin Boys had Precious Peter take the lead with 58.26m followed closely by Onyejiaka (58.08m) and Okpala in the third 50.30m. 110m hurdles, Bashiru Abdullahi won with 13.72 while Precious Ojeikere who ran a Personal Best of 14.05 in the heat came second. Adubi Victoria won the 100m hurdles with a New PB of 14.87s.
Adubi Victoria after her 100m hurdles victory
In the 3000m, Olamide Oluwaseun of Lagos won with at time of 10:31.23s while Ogun State, Peter Mary was the runner up in 12:02.20s. 5000m winners include Abiola Salako (16:12.21s), Kareem Ramon (16:32.00s) and Barnabas Genesis (16:57.99s). 1500m girls; Yinka Batefa was the one to beat as she won with 4:51.33s, Onvegbue Ogechukwu finished 2nd with 4:53.97s. While the Boys category had Abiola Oluwepo (4:10.80s) and Edwin Atepo (4:19.91s).
For the 400m Girls and Boys, there was no finals but Praise Idamadudu had the best time in the Girls with 54.20s others include Rita Odigbo (55.3), Knowledge Omovoh (55.81s), Blessing Adiakerewa (56.24s) While in the Boys Emmanuel Bamidele ran a stunning time of 47.77s. 0.07s away from the 400m standard. Afeez Abdulrahman (48.09s), Akindele
Atanda (48.98s), Francis Nsikak (49.20s), Toluwani Adebakin (49.54s), Saheed Jimoh (50.87s), Ese Oguma(50.92s).
The 200m Girls had as many as five heats. The winners include Ntiabong Mercy (23.79s), Ruth Usoro (24.98s), Asemota Marvelous (25.67s) , Joy Udoh-Gabriel (25.71s) and Chiamaka Egbochinam (25.71s). In the Boys, Chukwudi Olisakwe, the favorite in the 100m but lost out in the first round proved to strong as he had the best time of 21.75s. Others include Raymond Ekevwo (22.5s), Afeez Abdulrahman (22.63s) amongst others.
Godwin Ashien who was one of the three athletes that were disqualified in the 100m finals. He ran the fastest time in the heat with 10.51s, had this to say ‘I really don’t know what happened, it just happened that way but I believe God knows best’ He continued, ‘I know I have made the standard but talking about making the team, I really can’t say but by Gods grace if I am called to Camp I know things would be better’..
Painful exit of Godwin Ashien
Like we predicted, The next Golden League which was slated for Ilorin has been moved to next week Tuesday with a location that is yet to be decided.
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