Okagbare, Seye leads foreign based athletes to Sapele.
Athletes of Nigerian descent in diaspora who wish to be on the team to Rio de Janiero, Brazil for the Olympics have arrived Sapele, Delta state for the national trials.
Topping the list is Commonwealth double Gold medalist, Blessing Okagbare who missed out of last year’s trails due to reports that she was injured is back to reclaim the 100m title from Gloria Asunmu. Okagbare who ran a Season’s Best of 11.09s in Madrid last month, will also compete in the 200m where she tops the African list this year with a Season’s Best of 22.58s in an invitational race in Sweden just last week. She might probably jog the rest of the field as the closest time to hers is 23.17s by Mercy Ntia obong.
Meanwhile 2015 fastest man in Nigeria, Seye Ogunlewe would have to restrategize his tactics if he wants to retain the 100m title this year. The 23 year old UK based athlete who has a Personal Record and Season’s Best of 10.18s is ranked second behind Egwero Ogho-Oghene who has the fastest time by a Nigerian this year(10.15s). With Divine Oduduru ranked in 3rd with a time of 10.29s. The finals is going to be a race to forward to.
Other foreign based athletes in Sapele are: Tameka Jameson, Chidi Okezie, Regina George, Gloria Asunmu, Oluwatobiloba Amusan, Toyin Augustus, Nwanneka Okwelogu, Oliva Ekpone, Margaret Bamgbose, Akins Tryone, Mozia Stephen, Miles Ukaoma, Blessing Mayungbe amongst others.
Who will win the 100m title?
Will National and ECOWAS 100m Junior Champ, Raymond Ekevwo upset his seniors and run another stunning time like he did at D. K. Olukoya Championships with 10.35s.
Would Okagbare be able to defeat Commonwealth champion, Ese Brume who is in perfect shape for the Long Jump?
Will home based dominate the trials as they did last year? Will the foreign based athletes show they are back and better? Or will it be a tie between the two sides? Only time will tell! Keep tabs with this space as we give you updates from Sapele, Delta State
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