Team Nigeria started raking in medals at the African Senior Championships, with Tobiloba Amusan and Chukwebuka Enekwechi winning two Gold medals for the host country on Day 2 of the Continental showpiece in Asaba.
Amusan, who is the reigning 100m Hurdles Commonwealth Champion set the pace for the rain of medals, by living up to expectations of being pre-tournament favourite.
She outclassed the rest of the field clocking 12.86secs, thereby making it her second major title in the 2018 season. In 2nd place was South Africa’s Rikenette Steenkamp with 13.18s, while Ivory Coast’s Rosvitha Okou, was 3rd in 13.39secs.
There was more to cheer for Nigeria in the Men’s Shot Put, where Enekwechi Chukwuebuka threw a Championship Record (CR) of 21.08m, to win his first major title for the country in what is his first African Championships appearance.
Mohamed Khalifa from Egypt got the Silver medal with his best throw of 19.33m, while South Africa’s Kyle Blignaut got Bronze with a mark of 19.05m. Nigeria’s second representative, Kalu Eke narrowly finished fourth with 18.79m.
Another outstanding performance by a Nigerian, was from Temilola Ogunride who threw a National Record (NR) of 67.39m to win the Silver medal in the women’s Hammer Throw.
The event was won by Egypt’s Zakour Soukaina, with her best throw of 68.28m while Congo’s Jennifer Bawsikita produced 66.43m for Bronze.
While many were taken aback with the pulling out of Blessing Okagbare from the 100m event, Nigeria nonetheless made it to the podium with Joy Udo-Gabriel proving she is on top of her game, winning the Bronze medal in 11.58secs.
This has been a major breakout year for the youngster, who’s currently the National and West African Junior Champion, and now has a senior Continental individual medal in her name.
More activities are set to continue on Day 3, with Team Nigeria poised to make more podium appearances.