I never believed in my life I will ever have an Award – Prosper Ogbonna
The Athletic Heat Track ‘N’ Field Awards might be over but it still lingers in the hearts of many, especially the athletes who were nominated and the eventual winners.
Breakout Athlete of the Year, Prosper Ogbonna who was full of thanks while giving his speech at the Awards which was held at Ultima Studios on the 21st of Dec. 2017 said “I’m so happy because I can remember those days in school when they will say Prosper does not know anything in school, so dull, this and that. I never believed in my life that I will ever have an Award, so I am very happy. “
We are excited we were able to make Prosper Ogbonna’s dream come true by hosting this event which is focused on recognizing athletes on the home front who did exceptionally well during the 2017 athletic season.
Despite winning the Award by the amount of votes he amassed during the voting period, Prosper had an impressive 2017 season which brought him into limelight. He was also nominated in the Junior Athlete of the Year (Male) category where he finished as 2nd runner-up.
Prosper Ogbonna is a new kid on the block despite being in the final of the 2016 National Junior Championships where he finished 4th in the 100m. Not much was known about him till he switched to the 400m last season. It was a right decision indeed as he suddenly became the talk of the town beating more experienced athletes to the point they became frightened.
He kicked off the 2017 season at the AFN All Comers in Port Harcourt posting a time of 21.77s and 48.51s in the 200m and 400m, finishing 2nd in both races. At the AFN/Dynamics meet in Abuja, he ran a blistering 21.08s and 46.89s while at the National Junior Championships he won both the 200m and 400m in 21.21s and 46.56s.
He clinched the Silver medal in the 400m at the All Nigeria Championships and he ended his 2017 campaign finishing 3rd at the CAA Grand Prix in Ozoro, Delta behind Samson Nathaniel and Bamidele Emmanuel. He trains in Port Harcourt and he is majoring in Business Management at the River State Polythenic.
The Ikwere native started off the new season at the first leg of the Golden League series in Kaduna where he posted a Personal Best of 20.81s to win his 200m heat ahead of Jeremiah Jakpa (21.21s) and Babajide Ayeni (21.78s).
Usheoritse Itsekiri and Glory Nathaniel finished as 1st and 2nd runner-ups respectively in the Breakout Athlete of the Year Award as both athletes equally shone in their respective disciplines in 2017.