Athletics eventually kicked off at the ongoing 14th West African University Games (WAUG) on Tuesday, as the best student athletes in West Africa converged at the University of Port-Harcourt (UNIPORT) sports centre, for sole bragging rights of being crowned fastest student in West Africa.
Nigeria as host nation had her best student athletes in action representing their various colleges, with some of these athletes having represented the country at either youth, junior or senior level.
Top on the list is DAG Ambassador and Obafemi Awolowo University’s Enoch Adegoke, who’s the fastest student in the 100m this year coming to the games, after his jaw dropping 10.19s at the Commonwealth Games back in April.
The Commonwealth finalist didn’t disappoint, easily running the overall fastest time of 10.44s in all Heats, with newly crowned Youth Olympic Silver medallist Alaba Akintola of Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA), running the second fastest time of 10.64s.
Barnabas Aggrey of University of Development Studies, Ghana, ran the third fastest time of 10.73s to win his Heat, while Bowofoluwa Egbeyemi of University of Ibadan (UI), gave a good account of himself with 10.89s.
In the women’s category, Joy Udo-Gabriel of University of Lagos (UNILAG), appeared favourite for the title running the fastest time of all Heats in 11.60s, with UNIPORT’s Ifunanya Muoghalu clocking a Personal best of 11.93s to comfortably win her Heat, and UNILAG’s Balikis Yakubu taking the final Heat in an unconfirmed time.
The 400m featured University of Benin’s (UNIBEN) Victor Akhalu, racing the fastest time of the day in 48.30s to win his Heat, while Daniel Atinaya brought it home for his school Delta State University (DELSU) in 48.63s, and University of Ghana’s Etiamkwaku Torgbenu winning Heat 3 in 48.79s.
It was 1-2 for UNIPORT regarding fastest times produced in women’s category, as Praise Idamadudu coasted to victory to win her Heat and Favor Ofili replicating the same feat clocking 55.19s.
Meanwhile, Elizabeth Azure of University of Development Studies, Ghana, won the first Gold medal of the day in the women’s 5000m clocking 17:02.55, while Anulika Aniefuna brought the first Gold medal for the home school, throwing a distance of 13.36m to win the women’s Shot Put event.
Activities will continue today, Wednesday, as the men and women’s 100m Champion will be determined.