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Oyiki, Itanyi, Abijos motivate younger folks in their events

*Nigerians praise these gestures

Three former Nigerian international athletics prodigies have decided to support younger athletes in the various disciplines in which they competed in the ongoing Nigerian national trials in a very symbolic manner.

In the 110m hurdles, former hurdler and lawyer, Orode Oyiki blazed the trail. Ogieriakhi Martins of the Police who won with 13.99s got N30,000 while Abejoye Oyeniyi who returned 14.02s got N20,000 and Bashiru Abdullahi of Big Joe who returned 14.11s to earn N10,000.

Minutes after the race Oyiki had sent in the cash he promised. Meanwhile, Deinma Afiesimama donated the sum of N10,000 to Okon Samuel Etim of NSCDC who came fourth with a 14.44s.

Other participants who shone like bright stars in the well competed final that got the scanty crowd at the stadium on their feet are Alex Al-Ameen (14.63), Precious Ojikere (14.71), Afolayan Daniel (15.52) and Osadolor Samuel (16.52). The national record is still standing at 13.27s.

Coach Pat Itanyi who is now based in America sent N30,000 for the first placed winner, N20,000 and N10,000 for the second and third placed winners of the women heptathlon event.

Whereas in the 800m men, former Nigerian 800m champion, UK-based Gbenga Abijo sent in N10,000 each for the first three winners of the event. The winners of the cash prizes are: Hamajan Sodji (1.48.97s), Anayo Eze (1.51.38s) and Mohammed Ishyaku (1.51.51).

His wife, Ajara Abijo, who was a profound quarter miler before relocating to the UK also sent N10,000 each to the first three winners of her event which is expected to be decided on the final day, Saturday.

Immediately these gesture was announced, it received various commendations from fellow retired athletes in the various WhatApp and Facebook messages. So many persons have risen to commend the former internationals for the great symbols they have exhibited.

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