Oyeniyi, Bashiru, Martins sail through to final as Jakpa Jeremiah sets to make international debut
Day 4 of the African Senior Athletics Championships will see Nigerian athletes compete across various track and field events. The 110m hurdle final will have three Nigerians; Abejoye Oyeniyi, Bashiru Abdullahi and Martins Ogierahki jostle for honors while youngster, Jeremiah Jakpa will make his debut on the national team as he dons the country’s colours in the men’s 200m.
Oyeniyi seems to be the favourite in the 110m hurdles, after qualifying for the final in the fastest time of 13.97s ahead of Senegal’s Louis Mendy who finished closely in 13.99s and South Africa’s Ruan De Vries (14.23s).
He has had an undefeated record on Nigerian home front this season, winning every Golden League and Grand Prix meets. He made his international debut at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast where he ran 14.0s. With the experience he got from the Games, he went on to win the MoC Grand Prix in a massive Season’s Best of 13.94s- the fastest by an home based in the last 2 years. He lowered the time again at the All Nigeria Championships in Abuja where he posted a Personal Best of 13.86s in the heat. The Unilag graduate would have gone faster if only the competition was not cancelled. With this fine form, we are confident he will pick up the top spot.
Bashiru and Martins who finished 2nd and 4th in their heat yesterday, will be hoping on bettering their time and doing the nation proud.
After missing a spot on the Nigerian team to the Commonwealth Games in April, Jeremiah Jakpa is now set to represent Nigeria at the ongoing African Champs. He has had a great season this year storming to Personal Best’s of 10.25s and 21.13s. Jeremiah will be representing the ation in the men’s 200m alongside Divine Oduduru and Arowolo Emmanuel.
In the women’s 200m, Rosemary Chukwuma and Praise Idamamadu will jostle for a spot in the semis. Abike Egbeniyi and Yinka Bantefa will hope to do the nation proud in the women;s 800m final.
As Kelechi will be throwing the Javelin, Meyiwa Ine will hop, step and jump into the sand in a quest to win laurels for Nigeria.