Brume hit Olympics standard as many others run personal best at Golden League Final.
The Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA) in Ondo State was a beehive of athletic activities as the final leg of the League was staged in what people now call ‘A fast track’ as Ese Brume got Olympics ticket, over 15 athletes ran personal best while some others ran season best .
Ese Brume, the 2014 Commonwealth Gold medalist in the Long Jump successfully leaped over the Olympics qualifying mark of 6.70m. From her first attempt of 6.56m there was no going back for the African Junior Record Holder as she jumped to a Personal Best of 6.83m in her last attempt. Mercy Abire was second with a Personal Best of 6.18m while National Bronze medalist Ruth Usoro was third (6.10m).
17 year old, Udo-Gabriel Joy emerged the surprise winner in the B finals of the Women 100m. Joy who made her debut in the League at The Sagamu GL proved to strong for the field as she won with a New Personal Best of 11.87s. Adiakerehna Blessing of Delta followed closely in 11.89s while Ogundiran Blessing of Lagos was third (11.96s).
The A final was won by Agnes Osazuwa who has enjoyed a Winning spree from the Onset at Lagos All Comers. She dipped in first place with 11.52s. Top rival, Peace Uko followed with a time of 11.62s as Junior Champion, Aniekeme Alphonsus was third (11.72s).
In the B final of the Men 100m. Gambia’s Assan Faye raced to victory in a time of 10.65s. Victor Ikhazoboh of Customs followed closely in 10.68s while Stanley Mbamara was in third place (10.78s)
There was a twist in the Men A final as the favorite in the event, Ogho-Oghene Egwero was beaten to second place by Divine Oduduru who won with a time of 10.29s which stands as his Personal Best. Egwero ran 10.34s while Athletics new star, Arowolo Emmanuel was the surprise third place finished with a Personal Best of 10.48s. Though Egwero is the overall winner with 32 points.
National Champion, Patience Okon was the one to beat as she easily won the 400m final with a Season Best of 51.06s. Ajayi Yinka was second (52.27s) while Onotosho Omolara came third (52.61s).
In the men’s event, Orukpe Erayokan who skipped the Sagamu Golden League to treat his injury came back stronger to win the race in a Season Best of 46.22s. 2014 National Champion, Isah Salihu followed closely with 46.45s also a Season Best while Henry Okorie who decided to concentrate on the flat race at the expense of the hurdles was third with 47.12s.
The Women’s shot put had Eucharia Ogbukwo win the event with a distance of 14.75m while last week winner Chime Nkechi was second (14.72m) while Hope Jacob was third (8.36m).
The High Jump event was won by Obiora Arinze scaled 2.10m to secure the first place. Olowole Walker was second with 1.95m. Taiwo Sunday who also Jumped 1.95m was in third place
In the Women’s event, top three were Grace Anigbata (1.78m), Junior Champion; Issa Esther (1.75m) and Ngozi Nwichi (1.65m).
Nwanaga Kelechi once again threw a distance of 51.39m to secure the top spot. Ugeh Kaise was second (40.48m) while Ngozi Nwichi was third (32.18m).
In 100m hurdles, Francis Oluwakemi scaled over the 10 barriers to emerge victorious with a Personal Best of 13.47s. Ayemoba Grace in second (14.12s) Abd Efe Favour (14.38s) in third.
In 110m Hurdles, African Bronze medalist, Martins Ogieriakhi won the race in a time of 14.16s. Okon Samuel was second (14.45s) while Osadolor Samuel of Uniben was third (14.56s).
Olatunji Olawale won the Discus Men with a throw of 48.56m. Ibrahim Bada was second (41.72m) while Okafor Stanley was third (39.04m).
The Men Long Jump was won by Anota Oluwashola with a distance of 7.46m. Oluwayemi Blessing was second (7.44m) while Tobechukwu Nwaokocha was third (7.35m)
Once again, Adams Samuel won the men’s Javelin with a Season Best of 72.25m. Osayande Nosakhsre and Tsafa Ferdinand were second and third with 65.93m Abd 60.18m respectively.
400m Hurdles Women had Rita Ossai (57.36s) as winner with Natinel Glory in second (58.11s) and Daisy Akpofa in third (58.17s). There were only four athletes in the men’s event ad Bakre Gbenga of Buka. T outran the field to win with a Stunning time of 52.90m while Prior Ochonogor wsd second with a time of 54.16s while William Airen of Lagos was third (54.36s).
200m Women race was won by Mercy Ntiaobong (23.83s). Uko Peace was second (24.18s) while Sule Justina was third (24.24s). Top three in the men’s event were; Divine Oduduru (20.53s), Arowolo Emmanuel, Personal Best (21.01s) and Alieu Joof of Gambia (21.35s).
‘ Firstly, I thank God and i thank my home fans. Since the venue was in FUTA where I train and basically I know much about the track than any other athlete here. So I used it as am advantage and it was my coach’s plan that I should use some strategy and everything worked out well for me.’ Arowolo Emmanuel said
800m Women was won by Agber Shimenenge of NSCDC (2:06.27s), Ihekadu Philomena was second (2:07.98s) while Alabi Aminat of Lagos came third with a New Personal Best of 2:09.16s.
Hamajam Soudi won the Men 800m in a time of 1:50.87s. Eze Anayo and Agboola Daniel were second and third with 1:51.11s and 1:52.14s respectively.
5000m Women. Top Three finishers were Deborah Pam(17:43.71s), Monica Ezekiel (17:51.05s) and Rose Akuso (17:58.86s).
The 4x100m relays which is usually the most anticipated event in a competition. Customs ran a time of 45.18s to win the Women’s event with NSCDC following closely (45.67s) while Delta was third (46.43s). The men’s race was won by Defender (40.08s). Customs was second in 40.90s while High Performance Center(HPC) was third (41.07s).
We wish those that would be selected for The African Senior Championship the best as they represent our great Nation.
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