ATHLETES HOLD IMPORTANT MEETING, AS ISAH SALIHU SHINES AT GOLDEN LEAGUE IN SAGAMU
Isah Salihu was the Star athlete at the third leg of the Golden League series in Sagamu, Ogun State. The
Golden League is a series of athletic meetings that take place in four cities in Nigeria to pick athletes that would represent the country internationally.
Star Athlete Isah Salihu
Isah Salihu is definitely an athlete to watch out for this season. He kicked-off the season with a 47.85s, then 47.52s and 47.27s, on Tuesday he clocked a Season Best of 46.85s to win the men’s 400m final. Henry Okorie (47.62s) and Tobi Ogunmola (47.75s) were second and third respectively.
Ogho-Oghene Egwero who has been consistent in the athletic meetings this season won the 100m final with a time of 10.35s. Arowolo Emmanuel was second and Abiola Soyemi third in 10.65s and 10.73s .
In the Women’s event, Agnes Osazuwa was the one to beat as she breasted the tape in 11.81s with Justina Sule (11.94s) and Mariam Bassey (12.01s) in second and third.
The men’s 5000m was dominated by Saka Sanusi of Lagos State who won in 15:23.95s. Tyoapine Akukwa was second in 15:34.76s and Godfrey Musa in third (16:02.47s).
20km walk race was won by Fadekemi Olude in 53.18s Kate Henshar following in 55.34s and Joy Davis (56.44s).
In the men’s event, Kazeem Adeyemi of Nigerian Police took the victory in 49.05s ahead of Elegbede Bamidele (49.15s) and Fatoyingbo(49.24s).
The Women shot put title was won by Nkechi Chime with a distance of 14.46m. Eucharia Ogbukwo was second with 14.22m.
In the Hammer Women, Feyisayo Daramola took the victory with a throw of 55.67m with Sophia Omizi and Rashidat Quadri finishing second and third.
Long Jump sensation, Ese Brume continued her winning spree as she leaped (6.60m) to win the event ahead of Abire Mercy of Esteem Athletics (5.87m) with Oghenekome Okolosi (5.71m) in third place.
Exceptional Ese Brume
National Junior Champion, Ejumeta David leaped (7.11m) to win the men’s event with Tobechukwu Nwaokocha (7.05m) and Omofezi Pius (6.75m).
Triple Jump was won by Biola Bishop (15.00m) with Emmanuel Effiom (14.94m) and Ejumeta David (14.93m) in second and third place.
All-African Games gold medalist in the Javelin, Kelechi Nwanaga Once again threw a distance of 50.78m to win the event while Priscilla Zever was second with 40.28m. The men’s event had Adam Samuel as the winner (66.12m). Nosakhare Friday (63.89m) and Johnnike Eze (58.28m) as runner-ups.
800m Women’s top three were Agber Shimenenge (2:06.83s), Alabi Aminat (2:10.38s) and Ihekandu Philomena (2:10.38s). While Hamajam Soudi won with 1:50.45. Anayo Eze gave a hot chase to finish second in 1:51.49s and Agboola Daniel in third place (1:53.05s).
2010 World Junior Champion, Etim Margaret had over best time in the 200m (24.47s). Cecila Francis followed closely in 24.50s and Lawal Rashidat (24.79s)
The beginning of something new happened mid-way through the event, as all athletes gathered together to have a meeting which resulted in the formation of an athlete body for the overall good and propagation of the welfare of the athletes in general. It’s believed that this action was taken due to the poor treatment of athletes within the country and the fact that athletes travelled from different parts athletes of the country with their money only to have their event cancelled (all hurdle events and high jump was cancelled).
The post include: Athletes Representative and Assistant, Event Representative and Assistant, Provost, Secretary
Event Representative are those that would head each event e.g Sprinters(100, 200, 400 m). Jumpers (Long, Triple and High), Long distance (800, 1500, 5000m), Hurdles (100, 110, 400m), Throwers included(Javelin, Shot Put, Hammer).
Athletes Representative will be the person to head all events
The Provost is the person to make sure that there is discipline within the body.
Its to be filled up by interested athletes , it was also stated that all posts will be held for 4 years till the next Olympics and that bias and unfair post holders can be voted out by the athletes.
How to contest for the posts : All you need is for someone to nominate you on the day of the election for a particular post and another person would second it, the election is expected to take place at Akure Golden League but it might be shifted to a later date
It’s strictly an athlete matter, no coaches involved!!
In response to this movement the president of AFN has this to say “I am in support of it, so far it’s well organized, They should inform the secretariat and board of Directors about athletes’ intentions and make sure they request that the federation is represented and witness it”
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