Athletes turn up for Nkem Memorial Meet

There are so many of our Nigerian athletes who died in the past but no Memorial meet has was organized in their honor. Well it’s not the same for our Late Nkem Martha Ezeala who passed unto glory last year and an annual meet has been set aside for her remembrance by her coach and other coaches in Lagos state.

Nkem and her Esteem Coach, Coach Adu

Due to the bad weather, the competition which was meant to kick of by 1:30pm on Saturday later kicked off by 3:00pm with the Men’s 5km walking. Adeyemi Kazeem of Police won with 24:56.8s, Hussain Vinusa came second with 26:14.1s and Alade Felix came third with 26:33.1s.
Blessing Ogundiran of Eagle sight ran a winning time of 11.7s, MOC’s Udo Gabriel Joy and Iyanu Bada came second and third with 11.8s and 12.0s respectively.
Badewa Funmilola of Bishop had the fastest time in the men’s 100m heat (10.5s) but was later beaten by MOC’s Jerry Jakpa who ran 10.5s to win the 100m men’s final. Terry Maurice and Badewa Funmilola ran a 10.6s and 10.7s to come second and third respectively.
The 400m women had only two heats. MOC’s Nyeke Glory won the heat 1 of the 400m women in 55.0s which was also the fastest time overall. Adejoke Charity of Eagles had the second fastest time in 56.5s and MOC’s Blessing Obariehru 58.7s to come third fastest.
Badewa Funmilola of Bishop had the fastest overall winning time of 48.2s.Sehubo Ekundayo of Police and Tope Olaniyan of Megarock came second and third. The 400m event had no finals since it was just a supporting event to spice up the competition.
Down to the field event, Triple jump specifically. Monday Godwin of Eagle Sight leaped a distance of 14.33m in his third attempt to come first after a fowl jump. Olufarati Emmanuel of Police (14.21m) came second and Aliu Maude of police (13.64m) came third.
In the women’s long jump, Ruth Usoro of Esteem leaped a distance of 5.64m in her third attempt to come first. Omosola Omolayo of Osheku jumped 5.48m in her last attempt to come second while 2016 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon champion, Olamide Seun came to test the long jump event and she leaped a distance of 3.89m to come third.
The relays were straight finals as the girls had only 5 teams and the boys had 8teams. Team MOC won the women’s 4×100m relay in 47.50s. Eagle sight came second in 48.0s while Police came third in 48.5s.
For the men’s relay, Team Police came first with 41.2s, Team EagleSight came second with 41.3s and MOC came third with 42.0s.
At the end of the competition, the coach of Late Nkem Martha Ezeala, Coach Adu spoke to theathleticheat.com and said that “He was happy the competition ended successfully. He thanked his partners for making the competition a good one. He further went on to say that she (Late Nkem Martha Ezeala) left a vacuum in his heart that can never be filled. He also said the meet will still hold annually no matter what“.

 


Big thumbs up to the organizers of the meet and to the athletes who tried their best to show up despite the heavy down pour. See you all again in 2018. Continue to

Rest In Peace NKEM MARTHA EZEALA
Athletic heat also use this opportunity to wish all athletes good luck at the National trials scheduled for Thurs 13th- Sat15th July 2017.
All the best!

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