Nigerian athletes will continue their quest of making the country proud, when they set out in their various events today, August 2nd at the ongoing African Championships in Asaba.
The first event of the day will see National Record (NR) holder in the men’s Decathlon, Peter Moreno begin his quest for his first African title, when he competes in the 100m Decathlon.
Then it’ll be time for the women’s 100m semi-final, with Joy Udo-Gabriel and Mercy Ntia-Obong donning the colours of the country. The duo will have to finish in the top two to automatically qualify, or their time has to be fast enough to earn them the two remaining fastest losers spot.
The men’s 100m semis will see the trio of Seye Ogunlewe, Ogho-Oghene Egwero and Enoch Adegokke, produce their best performances in the Championship so far, in order to earn their spots in the final.
The 400m qualifying rounds will begin today, with the trio of Patience Okon-George, Yinka Ajayi and Emerald Egwim, being listed to represent the country. Barring unforeseen circumstance, they’re expected to make it to the semis.
While the men’s category will have Chidi Okezie, Nathaniel Samson and Orukpe Erayokan, gunning for convincing wins to make it through.
Time: 9:45am & 10:15am
Finally listed for the morning session, is the women’s 100m hurdles which will see the trio of Tobi Amusan, Grace Ayemoba and Favour Efe aim for qualification.
National record holder in women’s Hammer Throw, Queen Obisesan will hope to win Nigeria’s first medal in Asaba, when she competes in the final of the event.
Then it’ll be the women’s 100m Hurdles final, which’ll depend on who made it through from the Heat stages. Commonwealth Champion, Amusan is expected to make the final and perhaps win her second title this season.
The men’s Shot Put final will follow swiftly, featuring Commonwealth Silver medallist Chukwuebuka Enekwechi, who’s expected to produce another medal winning performance for the country this season.
Edose Ibadin who’s the NR holder in the 800m, will make his first appearance for the country this year, when he competes in the qualifying round.
The men and women’s 100m final will be the major highlights of the day, hopefully having all Team Nigeria athletes have their names on the list.
Time: 2:55 & 3:10pm
The semifianls of the 400m will follow swiftly, and Nigeria will be represented depending on who makes it through from the Heats.
Time: 3:20 & 3:40pm
Men’s Long Jump final, will feature Benjamin Arinze and Shola Anota gunning for their first medals for the country, while Rilwan Alowonle will make his second appearance for Nigeria this year in the men’s 400m Hurdles heats.
Time: 4:00 & 5:10pm
Closing events for the day will be the women and men’s 4x100m Rounds
Time: 5:50 & 6:15pm
If all things go equal, Nigerian spectators should be ready to come out massively and cheer the team to victory, as there are so many medals to cart home with today.