Nigeria beats Botswana as Warri Relays/CAA Grand Prix ends in Ozoro

Blessing Okagbare

Sprinter Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor and Ogho-Oghene Egwero inspired Team Nigeria to victories in the women and men 4x100m relay events at the 2017 Warri Relays/CAA Grand Prix, which ended yesterday at the Delta State Polytechnic Stadium, Ozoro.

While Okagbare led the female team to a comfortable win in a time of 43.92 seconds, the men were stretched by the Botswana quartet, who came to Ozoro with the aim of getting a qualifying time for the World Athletics Championships in London.

The Nigeria men’s relay team returned in a time of 40.17secs, while Botswana finished at 40.21secs.

In the women’s javelin, Kelechi Nwanaga broke a 15-year national record with a throw of 58.15m, beating the previous record 55.30m set by Sorochukwu Ihuefo in 2002.

Nwanaga’s feat is yet to be ratified by the Athletics Federation of Nigeria.

There was more to celebrate for the nation in the women’s 100 hurdles, as U.S.-based Tobiloba Amusan continued her impressive run this season, as she won in a time of 12.97secs. Grace Ayemoba finished a distant second in a time of 13.53 seconds as Efe Favour came third in 13.63 seconds.

The men’s 100m men was won by Egwero, who clocked 10.33 seconds to beat Keene Motukisi to the second position in 10.41 seconds, while Harry Chukwudike finished third in 10.47 seconds.

Isoken Igbinosun finished ahead of national champion, Aniekeme Alphonsus, in the women’s 100m when she posted a time of 11.49 seconds. Alphonsus finished in 11.51 seconds and Ntia Obong Mercy in 11.66 seconds.

In the women’s 800m, Agber Shimenge claimed top position in a time of 2.11.29 seconds, as Ihekandu Philomena and Oluchi Offoma settled for second and third positions in a time of 2.12.17 and 2.12.20 respectively.

The 110 hurdles for men was won by Martins Ogieriakhi, who a few days ago clinched the national title and followed it up with another winning performance in a time of 13.82 seconds Abejoye Oyeniyi came second as Bashiru Abuduliahi picked the third spot.

Yinka Ajayi won the 400m women’s event in a new personal best time of 51.30 seconds, while Abike Ebegniyi was second in 52.03, as Folashade Olotu finished third place in a time of 56.83 seconds.

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