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AFN Golden League: Itsekiri, Igbinosun light up Kaduna

*Emmanuel Bamidele makes it double in 200m, 400m

*Kure improves PB, Nwanaga wins in javelin

Usheoritse Itsekiri brought some life to the sleeping Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna during the final of the 100m posting a Season’s Best of 10.46s to win the final of the short sprint. Itsekiri has now stayed unbeaten this season.

Usheoritse Itsekiri winning the 100m in Kaduna in a keen contest
Usheoritse Itsekiri winning the 100m in Kaduna in a keen contest

On the second day of the Golden League, the crowd surged in and had a nice time watching a keenly contested final of the event. They had so many events to screaming about while standing on their feet to celebrate the brilliance of the athletes who made the event a photo finish.

Other placements were Jakpa Jerry (10.49s), Obinna Metu (10.49s), Adegoke Enoch (10.67s), Abejoye Oyeniyi (10.73s) and Ojeikere Precious (10.82s). Abiola Soyemi (10.87) and the weakest link is Edwin Peter who returned 11.38s.

The crowd had another moment to celebrate during the women’s race. Isoken Igbinosun won the women’s 100m final, crossing the finish in 11.42s with a wind aided race reading at 2.5m/s.

Maria Thompson-Omokwe led for the first 80m. Igbinosun who was absent at the All-Comers meet which took place a week ago in Abuja, stopped the clock in a time 11.42s (+2.5). Thompson-Omokwe (11.52) and Marvelous Asemota (11.70s) came in 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Abejoye Oyeniyi and Grace Ayemoba were the athletes to beat in the men’s 110m Hurdles and women’s 100m Hurdles as they emerged victorious to clock times of 14.21s and 13.60s respectively.

In the men’s 400m final, Bamidele Emmanuel made it double victories within the space of a week as he sped away from the rest of the field to cross the finish line in a time of 46.48s. Orukpe Erayokan (47.07s) was left chasing Bamidele towards the home straight, settled for 2nd while Emmanuel Ojeli set a new PB of 47.74s to finish third.

In the women quarter mile race, Ifunanya Muoghalu who set a new PB to win the final in a time of 54.50s.

In the men’s Shot Put, Victor Ugonna recorded the farthest throw, while Ujunwa Anoliefo beat the rest of the field to win the women’s category, throwing a distance of 14.13m.

Grace Anigbata (1.75m) won the women’s High Jump, while the duo of Tobechukwu Nwokocha (7.15m) and Pius Nzube (15.85m) won the men’s Long Jump and Triple Jump respectively.

In the women’s category, Team Civil Defence (44.87s) made up of the quartet of Ayemoba, Thompson- Omokwe, Igbinosun and Asemota finished three seconds ahead of Team MoC to win the women’s 4x100m race.

In Javelin, Customs man, Kure Samuel Adams won with 70.35m leaving behind Prison’s Ezeofor Kenechukwu and Civil Defender Pius Nzuba to take second and third positions with 64.72m and 32.92m respectively.

The female had no surprises. Civil Defender Nwanaga Kelechi won with 52.62m. the second place went to her compatriot Francis Ruth Oluwakemi who had 35.93m. Edeh Nebechi of Immigration had 32.73m and Eze Chinonso of Prisons had 29.83m.

The next leg of the AFN Golden League is scheduled to hold on the 26th and 27th of January, 2018 in Lagos.

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