AFN announces next Golden League venue as more athletes hope on Junior Qualification.

In Nigeria, we are experiencing an era of CHANGE and its having agreat influence on Nigerian Athletics.

The third leg of the League was slated for Ilorin yesterday has now been moved to Shagamu, Ogun State on Tuesday. The reason for this is that, The Warri Peace Marathon was also slated for the same day (Saturday) in Delta State and one had to step down for the other
400m National Junior fastest, Bamidele Emmaunel who ran a stunning 47.75 seconds at D. K Olukoya Championships which is 0.05s shy the World Junior standards said ‘I am hoping for the best. I am looking forward to run a 46high or possibly a 46 low by Gods grace.’

Bamidele putting in the work for a 46

Knowledge Omovoh who ran a Season Best of 55.53 at the D. K Olukoya is hoping to run better in Sagamu. She said ‘The time I ran at U20 is Okay but I see myself running faster at the next Golden League. I feel I could run a better time’.
And our very own writer, Ruth Usoro who won the Long Jump event at U20 trails here in Lagos is also looking forward to go over 6.30m at Sagamu. ‘I believe i can do it. In Abuja I fouled a 6.3m and in Lagos my Front leg gave me 6.7m but my back leg was 6.11m. I am working on landing with both legs this time and I know I would do better. My hope is solely on God’ Ruth said..

Ruth Usoro

It is worthy to note that about FIVE Junior athletes have ran the 100m qualifying time. They are; Raymond Ekevwo (10.35s), Godwin Ashien(10.49s), Adegoke Enoch (10.50s), Chukwudi Olisakwe (10.54s) and Kenneth Iloakagbune (10.55s)

Promising 100m Junior Athletes 
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D.K Olukoya Championships : Raymond, Anikeme, Usoro and Odugbesan excited over wins

IMG_2628.JPG    The Man of the day Raymond Ekevwo

The 6th edition of The National Youth and Junior Championships which is sponsored by MFM was held at The Yaba College of Technology, Lagos. Over the years, the D.K Olukoya Meet has become a veritable platform for helping young athletes rise to stardom.

Raymond Ekevwo and Anikeme Alphonsus were among the winners at the
Junior Championships.

Raymond, who is the new kid on the blocks,  won the 100m Boys with a stunning time of 10.37s.The  fastest by any Nigerian Junior in recent years.  He had a Personal Best of 10.56s coming into the competition but lowered it during the heats (10.53s) and this qualifies him for The World Junior Championships in Poland.

Speaking with ‘Athleticheat’. ‘I was a bit surprised, I never expected to go that fast but I am greatful to God. ” At the World Junior,  I am hoping for the best. When we get to Poland, God will take control’.

Nigeria fastest home based athlete,  Anikeme Alphonsus  converted the 100m title in 11.59s a far cry from her  11.35s in the heat  ‘She said, “I am very happy that I ran a PB of 11.35s. I am grateful to God. The reason I ran a slower time in the final was probably because of tension. I need to work on my start and finishing, so that I can run faster. My target is to win the GOLD medal in Poland and run a new record as well”

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Anikeme Alphonsus in action

In Shot Put, Isaac Odugbesan was the one to beat as he won with a throw of 17.9m. Isaac said ‘I am excited but I believe i can do better, because a 17.9m is a far cry from what is expected at The World Juniors. So I believe i could do better than that. I am hoping
on God’.

img_2410-1 Shot put champion Isaac Odugbesan

The Long Jump event was won by 2015 National Bronze medalist, Ruth Usoro (6.11m).  Mercy Abire was second with 5.98m and Peace in third. Ruth who spoke in excitement said ‘I am very delighted to win the long Jump though my aim was to go over 6.20m but I thank God all the same’

FullSizeRender (3)                                             Long Jump champion Ruth Usoro
The Javelin Boys had Precious Peter take the lead with 58.26m followed closely by Onyejiaka (58.08m) and Okpala in the third 50.30m. 110m hurdles, Bashiru Abdullahi won with 13.72 while Precious Ojeikere who ran a Personal Best of 14.05 in the heat came second. Adubi Victoria won the 100m hurdles with a New PB of 14.87s.

IMG_2681.JPG Adubi Victoria after her 100m hurdles victory

In the 3000m, Olamide Oluwaseun of Lagos won with at time of 10:31.23s while Ogun State, Peter Mary was the runner up in 12:02.20s. 5000m winners include Abiola Salako (16:12.21s),  Kareem Ramon (16:32.00s) and Barnabas Genesis (16:57.99s). 1500m girls; Yinka Batefa was the one to beat as she won with 4:51.33s, Onvegbue Ogechukwu finished 2nd with 4:53.97s. While the Boys category had Abiola Oluwepo (4:10.80s) and Edwin Atepo (4:19.91s).

For the 400m Girls and Boys, there was no finals but Praise Idamadudu had the best time in the Girls with 54.20s others include Rita Odigbo (55.3), Knowledge Omovoh (55.81s), Blessing Adiakerewa (56.24s) While in the Boys Emmanuel Bamidele ran a stunning time of 47.77s. 0.07s away from the 400m standard. Afeez Abdulrahman (48.09s), Akindele
Atanda (48.98s), Francis Nsikak (49.20s), Toluwani Adebakin (49.54s), Saheed Jimoh (50.87s), Ese Oguma(50.92s).

The 200m Girls had as many as five heats. The winners include Ntiabong Mercy (23.79s), Ruth Usoro (24.98s), Asemota Marvelous (25.67s) , Joy Udoh-Gabriel (25.71s) and Chiamaka Egbochinam (25.71s). In the Boys, Chukwudi Olisakwe, the favorite in the 100m but lost out in the first round proved to strong as he had the best time of 21.75s. Others include Raymond Ekevwo (22.5s),  Afeez Abdulrahman (22.63s) amongst others.

Godwin Ashien who was one of the three athletes that were disqualified in the 100m finals. He ran the fastest time in the heat with 10.51s, had this to say ‘I really don’t know what happened, it just happened that way but I believe God knows best’ He continued, ‘I know I have made the standard but talking about making the team, I really can’t say but by Gods grace if I am called to Camp  I know things would be better’..

IMG_2544.JPGPainful exit of Godwin Ashien

Like we predicted, The next Golden League which was slated for Ilorin has been moved to next week Tuesday with a location that is yet to be decided.

 

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AFN RELEASES PROGRAM FOR D.K OLUKOYA CHAMPIONSHIPS AS OLISAKWE HOPES ON WINNING

Over 400 athletes would converge at The Sports Center of The Yaba College of Technology, Lagos tomorrow for D. K Olukoya Youth and Junior Championships which would serve as selection for the U20 World Juniors Championships taken place in Poland from May 19th to 24th of July, 2016. 

And athletes from all over Nigeria are expected to justle for slots in the Nigerian team. 
Fastest Male Junior athlete in Nigeria, Chukwudi Olisakwe who ran a mind blowing 10.54s at Sapele Golden League had this to say ‘I hope to run better at the competition tomorrow. I am looking forward to running a 10.2s or 10.3s by Gods grace.” When asked about Raymond Ekevwo who ran 10.56s, he say ‘ I do not see anyone as a threat. When we get to the finals, let the best man win and I believe God will Grant me Victory.’ 
Praise Idamadudu, is another Junior to watch out for tomorrow, she has a Personal Best of 52.97s and 23.30s. The Sprint sensation spoke to ‘Athleticheat’. ‘I think we should wait till tomorrow and see what happens. I know God will take control’ The Commonwealth Youth medalist said.

Program for 6th Dr Olukoya 

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Ogho-Oghene Egwero Erupts as rain disturbs at Sapele with Golden League date(Ilorin) likely to change

The newly constructed Blessing Okagbare Stadium was brought to live as the second leg of The Golden League series was staged there. Though Rain fell ‘cat and dog’ but that didn’t stop the meet from taking place.
The competition kicked off with the Men and Women’s 400m hurdles as Daisy Akpofa was the one to beat as she breasted the tape in 57.77s. National Champion  Henry Okorie won the men’s event with 51.47s  his fastest this season. The 100m women had Three heats and the winners include: Youngster  Marvelous Asemota (11.97s), Isoken Igbinosun (11.50s). We must admit that the third heat had four Top notch athletes; Osazuwa Agnes, Peace Uko, Cecila Francis and Anikeme Alphonsus. They race was won by Agnes (11.54s) with Aniekeme coming in closely, we wonder why Peace and Agnes are always in the same heat. Is there a secret rivalry? We think there should be!
In the men’s heats Ogho-Oghene Egwero made everyone’s mouth  go agape as he won heat 2 with a stunning 10.15(+2.3). Other winners include Divine Oduduru (10.36s), Chubi (10.51), Comfort Yomi (10.65s). World Junior hopeful, Raymond Ekevwo (10.57s) and Stanley Mbabar (10.68s) . An “eye-witness” report comments on the reason why orukpe couldnt defend his 400m league event, he said “orukpe got injured while running the 200m heat”.. And Nicholas got injured in his 100m heat, Unfortunately since there was no medical care or first aid personnel on ground, Nicolas was carried off the track on someones back..yes back!! – Coach Soetan Olalekan
We wish both athletes a quick recovery!!!
2016-05-21-PHOTO-00003159.jpgOgho-Oghene Egwero after running a stunning 100m
 In the 100m hurdles, Grace Ayemoba won with 14.01s faster than last weeks 14.6s.
The favorite in the Men’s Javelin event, Adams Samuel did not disappoint again as he won with a distance of 67.85m.
The 200m Women had Isoken as winner (23.68s) as Mercy and Agnes Osazuwa followed closely.  Divine Oduduru who earlier ran 20.77s in the heat. Crossed with 20.47(+3.4) narrowly missing his Personal Best, Ogho-Oghene was 2nd and Tega Odele came third. Orukpe Erayokan who competed in the 200m event could not participate in the 400m. He spoke to ‘Athleticheat’ on his decision. “An old injury recurred while running the 200m, I powered to hard and I felt the pain. I haven’t gone 100% in a long time like I did today. So going for the 400m would have made it worse” he said.
2016-05-21-PHOTO-00003172Men’s 200m
Finals of the 400m had Isah Salihu of Nigeria Customs win the race easily with 47.27secs. You would recall that Isah has been making a smooth progression this season from 47.85s then 47.52s and now 47.27s. He spoke to ‘Athleticheat’ after his victory “I am grateful to God for the race. There was really no challenge, after the first 100m I Led to the end. If Orukpe was in the race, I would have run a 46secs because it would have been tougher When I start dropping times, there is no looking back. My aim is to run the  Olympic standard.” Gerald Ojeka and Okorie Henry were second and third respectively
2016-05-21-PHOTO-00003215 Isah Salihu winning the men’s 400m
Patience Okon won the Women’s event with 52.00s which is her season best, Yinka Ajayi came in second with 53.40secs and Praise Idamadudu third with 53.76secs.
High Jump sensation,  Theddus Okpara (1.95m) was beaten to second place by Obiora Arinze (2.00m). In the shot put men top three were Kalu Eke(16.20m), Okafor Stanley (13.80m) and Adams Samuel (12.32m).
The long jumpers were disappointed as their pitch was flooded by the Rain. Ese Brume who had the intention of jumping the Olympic standard would have to wait till next week before she would have the opportunity to do that. Alabi Aminat won the female 1500m with a time of 4:50 seconds and Anayo won he 800m with a time of 1.54 seconds.
It is assumed that the 3rd leg of the Golden League scheduled to hold at Ilorin will be shifted to a later date as it clashes with The Warri Peace Marathon, more news on that as events unfold.
Next up, Dr Olukoya Championships holding at The Yaba College of Technology on the 24th and 25th will show case the very best of the next generation of Nigerian star athletes, the event will be used as selection for World Juniors in Poland. We wish you all the best.

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ORUKPE “PAPARAZZI” ERAYOKAN OPENS UP EXCLUSIVELY TO ATHLETIC HEAT

Orukpe Erayokan is the National Sports Festival Champion over the 400m. He is currently the FIFTH fastest man in Nigeria’s history in the one lap event with a time of 44.95 seconds at The All African Games last year, making him a two-time finalist at the games. He opens up to ATHLETIC HEAT on some issues in the World of Athletics. He also explains why he ran 48 seconds at the beginning of the season, Nigeria’s chances at the olympics amongst other things…….

orukpe 7Orukpe “Paparazzi” Erayokan

Firstly congrats on your race at Abuja Golden League. You ran a 46.83s in the heat and 46.41s in the final. Can you talk us through your race?
I thank God for the strength. I just went there to do my best. I didn’t think I could run that fast because I didn’t want to run at the competition. I just started hard training some few days ago, so I just used my normal strategy to run the race.

Many Nigerians don’t really know who Orukpe is. Can you tell us about yourself and how you started athletics?

Orukpe Erayokan is a normal guy who started athletics at the age of 18 but didn’t take it seriously. On one very good day I just came down to Ogbe stadium and I saw people running. So I told a coach that I was an athlete back in secondary school. That’s how I began training and I went for U18 Championships in 2008 and I was among the team that went to Dakar, Senegal that year. I was running the 400m and 800m. We stayed in camp for three months and they didn’t pay well, so I decided to quit. In 2011 a friend called me and said they were having trails in Benin for National Festival, I went reluctantly and I won the trials with 47seconds and that’s how I began to get encouragement from people. When we got Port Harcourt Festival, my thought was that I would do the 400m flat but I only ran the 4x400m relay. After the competition I said athletics wouldn’t favor me, so I went back to my Disk Jockey (DJ) work. In 2012, a coach from Ogun state called me and I said I wasn’t running again. He persuaded me to just run and that’s how I went for Ogun state trials and I dipped second with 48.4secs, the guy that won ran 48.2s. It was at Eko 2012 (National Festival) I ran my first 46seconds. In 2013, I had front thigh injury though people asked of me but they didn’t know what happened to me. The injury lasted for a long time, then Isah Sahilu introduced me to his coach, he gave me some money to buy drugs. Towards end of 2013, I was invited for ‘’Commonwealth Games Camp’’ and my injury was well treated but I did less training. There was trial before the camp ended and I won the 600m race. In 2014, I began my season with All Comers were I won the 600m with 1:18s. Thereafter we were taking to The US for training tour and we spent three months there. When we got back, I didn’t run the Grand Prix because the Technical Director said since I couldn’t run in US, I can’t run here. Then in Mobil Championships, I had to beg before I was given a bib in the call room. I didn’t jog nor stretch and if you check I ran a 46s in the heat, semifinal and final and that’s how I was selected for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. In Glasgow, we home based were always neglected. The four foreign based on the team were given grants while Isah Salihu and I were not given. I started the 2015 season on a good note and I got into National Camp. Whenever I run in Nigeria, people would say ‘’you are better than 46secs’’ but I wasn’t bothered. Since I began running for Nigeria, I have never ran 400m flat, its only 400m relay. My first 400m flat was at All Africa Games, when I ran a 45 in the heat I wasn’t surprised but when I did a 44.9 in the semis then I said to myself I could do better than this. I was told everything would be fine when I run a good time but till now I haven’t gotten any support. Recently, I was taken to America to run in a very cold weather and that’s how people began saying ‘’Orukpe has gone back, he can’t repeat it again’’. I just laughed because I know what I can do.

orukpe.jpg6Orukpe Erayokan

That takes me to the next question. You started the season on a somewhat slow start, because you ended last season with a 44seconds and now 48secomds. Can you clear the air on what went wrong?

In the competition in The US, many things went wrong. You can testify that before we left Port Harcourt, we were doing a lot of endurance training and we were in build up. I didn’t even expect to run abroad because we travelled all the way from Texas to Houston we spent well over seven hours. On our arrival, the cold was unbearable. I haven’t experienced such, I could barely move my leg, and to jog was a problem.
It’s only in Nigeria that starting on a slow note is bad. The fastest time at that competition was 46.9s, the guy that won it is a 44.0s runner from Trinidad and Tobago. When you don’t perform well, we are criticized. They didn’t know the stress we went through in The US. Nobody knew what went wrong, all they know is that ‘’Orukpe ran a 48seconds’’. After doing 300m workout when I got back, my coach said I shouldn’t mind anyone because I still have the speed in me, As a champion, you must experience criticism from many people.

So what can you say is your best moments so far in your career?

My best moment so far was at The All African Games when I ran a 44seconds.

orukpe4Orukpe at The All African Games

You were running 46s for about three years before breaking into a 45s then the next day a 44secs. What can you say was the secret to the 44secs?

The secret is straight forward. Most of the athletes in Nigeria have the power to do it. It’s just a little motivation we need. When I got to Congo, I was told that I could run faster, even my own coach (Coach Tony) , Coach Campbell and Coach Okon just put me through some things I would do. What motivated me was the allowance. If someone says money can’t motivate an athlete, that’s a lie. So what really spurred me to run 44seconds was the allowance because before the race we were paid. I was so happy and I was eager to run the race. What went wrong in the finals was that I had groin. I couldn’t execute my race properly neither could I run relaxed. My thought after doing a 44secs was that the country or AFN would support me but till now nothing has been done. My trip to Abuja was sponsored by Nigeria Customs, they have been helping me. We have so many talents in this country, I don’t really know. Just a little motivation and we would run FASTER! They prefer the foreign based to home based athletes. Those who are running 47s would be given grants while we running faster wouldn’t receive a kobo.

There was news that Nigerian athletes were locked out of their hotel
rooms in America. How true is this?

It’s not news but a true story, I was there. We were invited for a birthday party by a Nigerian coach who is based in the US (Coach Victor). When we got back, we couldn’t open our door. So we had to go to the reception where we were told that we haven’t paid for about a week. We had to stay in the reception as Coach Campbell was trying to talk to them that money would soon be available but unfortunately we couldn’t pay. So he (Coach Campbell) had to contact Coach Victor to help us get another hotel. So that’s how we stayed without training for three days in another hotel. He told them money would be sent from Nigeria but money didn’t come and Coach Victor had to take us to another hotel, that’s how we were moving around America before they paid until when we were returning to Nigeria. Till now i haven’t even been paid. It wasn’t a rumor.

At the World Indoors in Portland, USA. You were listed to take part in the 400m but to the dismay of many Nigerians, you didn’t start the race. What happened?

I wasn’t prepared for the race, that’s just the fact. And I had some pains, so you don’t expect me to go and fool myself in Portland when I wasn’t ready. I told a coach that he didn’t tell me I was going to run the Indoors, he just said ‘’Go and run, the major competition is the Olympics’’ which is not done that way. I was stressed out, the day I was meant to travel out; I missed my flight because I was told the flight was filled up. So Isah Salihu and I spent an extra day in Lagos. The journey was so long that we stopped in Germany for four hours before we flew to California then to Portland and I was meant to compete the next day. It wasn’t possible, the stress was so much and I can’t just go the track and fool myself but people don’t ask questions. Journalists don’t like asking questions, they wouldn’t know what happened they would just be writing as they like. What I was reading in The US made me angry, we athletes were using our credit cards to feed ourselves. So many things went wrong.

Hmmm… it is well.
This is the year of the Olympics and African Senior Championships. Last year, you were fifth at the All Africa Games, what should we expect from Orukpe Erayokan this season?

I am going there to do my best, to do what I know how to do best. If you check, you would observe that we are struggling preparing ourselves. We are using our resources for this country. I am just going there to do perform to the best of my ability and leave the rest for God.

It is believed that foreign based athletes were paid when the team was in US for the Indoors and some other meets while home based athletes weren’t paid. Can you share your view?

Yes. Though some home based athletes were paid just a week to the Penn relays because when I was called for the relays, I told them if they don’t pay me what they owe I wasn’t going. So they paid some of us but not all. One thing about them is that, they always choose foreign based over us. Now that God has blessed me with a 44secs, Nigeria would prefer to pick someone running 46s outside the country. If you don’t know me personally, you would think I am a millionaire but it’s not like that. We are not treated well. Since we arrived from the Penn Relays, we haven’t been paid. The Perm. Sec said on our arrival in Nigeria we would be paid but till now we haven’t been paid. Sometimes I feel ashamed of myself. It’s not as if the money is not there, yet they want us to run fast.

Someone like Peter Emelize who recently switched allegiance to Germany. If you had an opportunity would you actually switch as well?

It is not as if I don’t have the opportunity. I have had several opportunities since 2012 to leave this country but I still had hope that Nigeria would change but it’s getting worse every day. Those countries are ready to give me money.
It’s less than 90 days to the start of the Olympics and the Athletics. Do you think Team
Nigeria would make an impact at Rio de Janeiro?

I believe so because we Nigerian athletes always put up our best. We put things together and don’t have to wait for the federation or the country so that things would go well. Some other countries have been preparing their athletes for about two years now and its less than three month and we haven’t been called for camp yet. By God’s grace we would go there and do our best.

Can you list some of the basic things that athletes need that we lack in Nigeria?

We lack so many things. They say we athletes don’t need money but they forget that we don’t have jobs because athletics takes a lot of our time. There is no support from government or corporate bodies. They
don’t take care of Nigerian athletes. If 50% of athletes are been fully supported, then I think we would be running faster. If Abass Abubakar can run a 45s then I believe I can do better. This country is not helping matters. Have you seen an athlete who goes abroad and not run faster? No! They all perform well. We need change in Nigeria.

Thanks so much for your time. We wish you all the best in your career.

Thanks.

 

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Ogho-Oghene, Ibrahim Blessing and Orukpe Eroyakan shine at Abuja Golden League, As second Golden League venue changes

The first leg of the League started at The National Stadium, Abuja at about 9am, the events were divided into Promotional and Golden League events. Promotional events allow athletes to make international standards for the possibility of representing Nigeria while the Golden League events are the real events for the competition that the athletes’ scores points like the diamond League.

We would start with the Promotional events.
 World Junior hopeful, Isaac Odugbesan

Women shot put had Chime Nkechi in first place with a distance of 15.27m; Eucharia Ogbukwo and Aniefuna Anulika were second and third with 14.10 and 13.38m respectively. Eke Kalu won the men’s event with 16.78m. Ezeofor Kenechukwu (14.90m) and Isaac Odugbesan (14.40m) finished second and third.  In the 5000m men Adamu Shehu was the man to beat as he won with a time of 15:00.33secs, Solomon Yibam finished 2nd and Jigak Monday with 15:01.01 and 15:01.09secs respectively. Monica Ezeikor won the female version with 18:03.83secs as Rose Akuso (18:12.79) and Onan Sale (18:35.13) finished in second and third. The hop, step and Jump event had Ejumeta David (14.77m), Ashien Godwin (14.77m) and Ozor Valentine (14.31m) in top three spots.

Blessing of NSCDC continued her winning spree as she leaped 13.60m to win as Grace Anigbata (12.96m) and Brown Uche (12.56m) were second and third.

FullSizeRender (6).jpg Blessings’ Magnificent jump

 

The favorite in the men’s Javelin, Adams Samuel did not disappoint as he finished top with 66.96m. Ezeofor Kenechukwu (63.60m) while Tsafa Ferdinand finished third with 58.75m.

FullSizeRender (7).jpgAdams Samuels’ Throw

In the vertical jumps, Esther Issa scaled 1.73m to finish first as Nwichi Ngozi was second (1.60m). They were the only two to compete.

IMG_2212.JPGEmotional Esther Issa as she scaled 1.73m

Top Three in the men’s event were Theddus Okpara (2.08m), Obiora Arinze (2.05m) and Habibu Surajo (1.75m). After the event, Theddus expressed his disappointment as he wanted to do more than he did as he looks forward to the African Senior Championships and Olympics. African Champion, Oluwakemi Francis outran the others to win the Women’s 100m hurdles with a time of 14.25secs. Last All Comers winner, Ayemoba Grace finished 2nd with 14.30secs while Kadiri Sarah was third (15.22s). In the Hammer Women event top three were Daramola Feyisayo (52.18m), Omizi Sophia (48.50m) and Mordi Rita (42.08m). In discus men event, Olatunji Olawale finished first with a throw of 51.43m, Nwoye Augustine (50.87m) and Ezeofor Kenechukwu (49.60m). In 1500m Women, there were only two participants, Maryimu Moses (5:16.63s) and Emmanuel Mercy (5:36.56s). 800m is the last event for the Promotional events as Ihekadu Philomena finished first with 2:10.21s Agber Shimenenge ended closely with 2:10.23s and Oluchi Offorma (2:13.65s) for the women. While in the men’s event, Agboola Daniel crossed in third place with a time of 1:53.21secs, Maazu Saleh dipped in first (1:52.21s) while Anayo Eze gave a hot chase to finish behind him with 1:52.56secs.

IMG_2371.JPGMens 1500m winner

Now to the Golden League events.
In the 110m hurdles men, it was perceived that Martins Ogieriakhi beat the gun but the race wasn’t called off. Though as nature would have it, after going over four barriers he fell. As Oyeniyi Abioye won with 14.43secs, Osadolor Samuel was 2nd (14.61s) and Okon Samuel (14.74s). Oyeniyi expressed his anger as he lamented that the race should have been called off.

Women Long Jump winner, Commonwealth Gold medalist, Ese Brume jumped a 6.54m as she aims at qualifying for the Olympics. Ruth Usoro (5.99m) and Mercy Abire (5.96m) in third place.

FullSizeRender (8).jpg Ese Brume in action

 
Javelin Women, African Champion, Nwanage Kelechi won with a comfortable 51.85m. Ugeh Kaise (37.13m) and Idhe Hope in third (36.58m). The men’s 1500m event had as many as 12 athletes who competed and the top 5 include, Hamajam Soudi (3:52.57), Saka Sanusu(3:57.88s), Barnabas David (3:58.50s), David Musa(4:10.47s) and Shaba Dare (4:13.17s). 400m hurdles for men was a work-over for Henry Okorie as he won it with 52.24s. William Airen of Lagos was second with 55.80s and Jugo Ezira was third (56.12s).

400m men and Women finals was exciting. Patience Okon was so comfortable as she finished with 52.11s while Ajayi Yinka was second with 52.65s. Getting the third, fourth and fifth was tight as Ogumbase (53.43s), Etim Margaret (53.53s) and Praise Idamadudu (53.54s) respectively.

Orukpe ‘paparazzi’ Eroyakan showed to the crowd that his 46.83s in the heat wasn’t a fluke as he bettered it to a 46.41s to cross first. Just like the Women, getting the second, third, fourth Abd fifth was hard as Atinaya Daniel dipped with 47.47s, FatoyinboOjo (47.52s), IsahSalihu (47.62s) and OgunmolaTobi (47.84s). Orukpe speaking about his race said ‘I just went there and put up my best. I didn’t think I could run that fast because I did not want to run this
meet but I just decided to do something. I am grateful to God’

The Women’s 100m was a race to watch as Osazuwa Agnes the winner of last week All-comers didn’t want to let Peace Uko take the TITLE but Peace proved too strong as she won with 11.52s. Osazuwa followed closely in 11.54s. Mercy Ntiabong finished third with 11.67s. Last week Youngster, Alphonsus Anikeme didn’t run at all due to Ill Health, we wish her a quick recovery.

IMG_2306.JPG 100m womens finalists

 

Ogho-Oghene Egwero proved that he is coming back to dominance as he won in a mind blowing 10.24. Former National Champion, Obinna Metu was second (10.36s). Divine Oduduru was third with 10.48s.

IMG_2238.JPG Ogho-Oghene Egwero in action

The 200m was the last event of the day as the relay was cancelled (we would come to that). The Women race was won by Idamadudu Praise with 23.76s. Mercy Ntiabong was initially leading the race but Praise overhauled her in the last 30m. Mercy ran 23.83s and Sule Justina ran 24.53s to place third.

Then to the big story. The last event for the day was meant to be the 4x100m relays but somehow it was cancelled! And the male athletes who thought it would be an avenue for them to run the Olympics qualifying time flared up in anger as they staged a protest.

An athlete who spoke with ‘Athleticheat’ said ‘The 4x100m was cancelled because of a female sprinter and you know the men’s 4x100m has not qualified for the Olympics. Just imagine, Ogho didn’t run the 200m because he was reserving his strength for the relay then they later found out it was CANCELLED!’
He continued ‘Some officials don’t know how to talk; you can’t be talking to athletes any how just because we asked for our right. It’s not fair! NSCDC team had a good team that would have run the Olympics standard as the team included Tega Odele, Nicholas Imphoramphe, Ogho-Oghene Egwero and Divine Oduduru. It’s so painful. Some athletes might even boycott the next Golden League if care is not taken’ He Said

Another athlete was heard telling a top AFN official that he and other stakeholders are spoiling the Sports and that they should stop it!
The athletes really spoke their minds to the officials as they also talked about some other issues like non- payment of athletes and how they were stranded in the US amongst other things.

As we are in the era of CHANGE, it’s also influencing The Athletics Federation and the next Golden League which was earlier slated for Port Harcourt has been changed to Sapele, Delta State.

Those who weren’t there, I am sure after reading would have felt like being there live, right?

The 4x100m relay is a golden league event, so what will happen to the money that was meant to be given to the winners??

Share your comments on the protest that happened on saturday. What’s your take and opinion?

 

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ATHLETICS FEDERATION HOLDS FIRST GOLDEN LEAGUE IN ABUJA

IMG_2137 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!

IMG_2154 Nicholas Imphoramphe

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.

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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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