ATHLETICS FEDERATION HOLDS FIRST GOLDEN LEAGUE IN ABUJA
Program for the 1st Golden League
Tomorrow, Saturday May 14th. Athletics action will take center stage in Abuja as the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) has concluded arrangements to host the first Golden League at The National Stadium, though the meet was earlier scheduled for Bauchi. The Golden League will be taken to four cities in Nigeria, from Abuja to Port Harcourt then Ilorin and finally at Akure. Athletes from all over the nation are expected to take part as they jostle for tickets to represent Nigeria at The African Senior Championships, World Juniors and The Olympics.
Some of the events that are to take place in the cause of the meetings, include 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m,100/110m hurdles 400m hurdles, Long Jump, Triple Jump, High Jump, Shot Put amongst others.
Star athletes confirmed to participate include Divine Oduduru, Metu Obinna, Isah Salihu, Peace Uko, Blessing Ibrahim, Orukpe Eroyakan, and Patience Okon amongst others. They will give us an Interesting race to watch tomorrow as they battle for supremacy.
The Abuja’s stadium is historic as it has played host to so many athletics Championships such as 2003 All African Games were Olympic Bronze medalist; Deji Aliu ran a sub 10 seconds (9.95). Uchenna Emedolu was second in 9.97secs, That same Games saw Mary Onyali also taken the Women 100m title in 11.26secs.
In the half-lap race, Uchenna Emedolu won it in 20.42secs while Star athlete, Mary Onyali made it a Sprint double as she converted the TITLE in a stunning 23.09secs. The 400m at the Games was won by Kenya’s Ezra Sambu in 44.98 while the Women version was won by Fatou Bintou Fall of Senegal in 51.38. We give you these Records for you to look above your expectation. As this is a fast track athletes are expected to run faster times, If our veterans could run these times in 2003, athletes in 2016 are meant to run FASTER!
Last Year Abuja Golden League athletes who shine in the Sprints where Nicholas Imphoramphe and Nkem Ezealah of blessed memory. Other winners include , Grace Ayemoba(100mh), Orukpe Eroyakan (400m) Oluwatosin Adeloye (400m), Ephemia Edem, Samuel Adams to mention a few.
You would recall that last week, Lagos hosted The All Comers which showcased some new stars like Anikeme Alphonsus, Biola Soyemi, Toluwani Adebakin, Arowolo Emmanuel amongst others. Will they still be able to Wow the crowd again tomorrow? Hmm. Let’s see!
As we all know that The National Stadium, Abuja is referred to as a ‘fast track’. Send in your predictions of what times the athletes competing tomorrow could run and how far the jumpers will leap.
Tune in on Sunday as we give you the full Gist of all that will happen.
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