Throw a Nigerian in the mud, he’ll dust himself and still come out clean like nothing happened.
This is the story of Team Nigeria athletes at the ongoing African U18 and U20 Championships in Abidjan, in which despite their travelling stress odds which saw them arrive a day before the commencement of the Championship, are putting their best performances so far.
Best Omamuyovwi Erhire, led the Gold medal rush for the country on Day 1, by winning the U18 High Jump final in a Personal Best (PB) of 2.08m. In 2nd place was Egypt’s Zyad Fabraka with 2.06m, while Joshua Onezime of Sychelles settled for 3rd with 2.04m.
Erhire’s progress since his international debut for the country at the 2018 African Youth Games, has been nothing but impressive and consistent.
In Algeria, he failed to medal after finishing 4th, but came back with a promising performance at the National Sports Festival (NSF), where he won the Bronze medal in a PB of 2.05m behind Mike Edwards and Cyprian Oyedele.
This year has seen him win the National youth title, before his Gold medal victory in Abidjan, one which was a main target of his prior the championship. during his interview with us at the All Comers meet in Ijebu-Ode.
“I didn’t win a medal in Algeria, so I want to change that by setting a PB and coming back with a medal in Abidjan”. This he said during our interview with him at the All Comers meet in Ijebu-Ode two weeks ago.
The second Gold medal on the day was won by Onaara Obamuwagun, in the women’s U20 Triple Jump. Obamuwagun, making her international debut, did so impressively by recording a PB of 12.78m, which was more than 30m over her Season’s best of 12.40m she went to Abidjan with.
Spurred by her senior’s performance, Grace Oshiokpu ensured Nigeria also got a medal in the U18 category, settling for Bronze with a distance of 11.84m.
Meanwhile in the track events, the country’s representatives also made their presence known improving on their Season’s and Personal best times.
Favor Ofili, who is Nigeria’s only representative in the girl’s 400m, led the way with a dominant victory of 53.75s to win her Heat, Victor Akhalu got the job done in the boy’s category by winning his Heat in a PB of 46.96s, while Adedoyin Fatola finished 4th in his Heat.
The men’s 400m witnessed Shedrack Akpeki, win his Heat in a Season’s best of 47.49s while teammate Nsikak Francis, finished 2nd in his Heat.
In the 100m, Enoch Adegoke and Rosemary Chukwuma got their Heats dusted in 10.46s and 11.66s respectively, which is a new Season’s best for the latter.
While Anita Taviore, clocked a new PB of 11.90s to successfully win her Heat in the U18 category and teammate Praise Ofoku, also sealing her place in the semifinals by taking victory in her Heat.
More events will continue today, where several finals will be decided and we expect more Gold medal rush for Team Nigeria.