The final list of athletes selected to represent Nigeria at the forthcoming African Junior Championships holding in Addis Ababa, has been released, and current African Youth and Junior Champion in the 200m, Divine Oduduru is one of the key athletes that will spearhead the country’s quest for medals in Ethiopia.

The Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), selected 33 athletes for the competition, following the final Trials held at the Gateway Stadium in Sagamu, Ogun State on Thursday.

The selected athletes, comprising of 18 women and 15 men, have been camped in Sagamu for the past two weeks, and are expected to leave the country for the Ethiopian capital on Tuesday (March 3), ahead of the competition slated to hold from March 4 to 8.

Joining Oduduru in the pursuit for glory is reigning National, African and Commonwealth Long Jump Champion, Ese Brume, who will be aiming to defend the title she won in Mauritius two years ago.

Technical Director of the AFN, Navy Commodore Omatseye Nesiama stated that the athletes were picked based on their performance in camp. He also revealed that Oduduru, a Silver Medallist at last year’s IAAF World Junior Championships, and Brume would serve as Team Captains for the competition.

FINAL LIST OF ATHLETES SELECTED FOR THE AFRICAN JUNIORS

Women
100m
Alphonsus Aniekeme
Abolaji Omotayo Oluwaseun
Brume Ese
200m
Alphonsus Aniekeme
Idamadudu Praise
Adiakerehwa Blessing
400m
Adeloye Tosin
Idamadudu Praise
Ajayi Yinka
100m Hurdles
Amusan Oluwatobiloba
Oshibajo Temidayo
400m Hurdles
Akpofa Daisy
Nathaniel Glory
High Jump
Oshinbajo Temidayo
Anigbata Grace
Long Jump
Brume Ese
Abire Mercy
Triple Jump
Brown Uche
Shot Put
Oyewole Oyesade
Aniefuna Anulika Judith
Discus Throw
Oyewole Oyesade
Nwanaga Kelechi P.
Javelin Throw
Nwanaga Kelechi P.
Heptathlon
Oshinbajo Temidayo
4 x 100m
Adiakerehwa Blessing
Abolaji Oluwaseun
Alphonsus Aniekeme
Amusan Oluwatobiloba
Brume Ese
4 x 400m
Adeloye Tosin
Idamadudu Praise
Asamu Tobi Ajayi
Yinka Adiakerehwa
Blessing Akpofa Daisy

MEN
100m
Oduduru Divine
Peka Victor
Olisakwe Chukwudi
200m
Oduduru Divine
Peka Victor
Igube Thankgod
400m
Nathaniel Samson
Fasasi Adekunle Rilwan
Akerele Omeiza
110m Hurdles
Abdullahi Bashiru
Atuma Ifeanyichukwu
400m Hurdles
Emeoghene Timothy
Atuma Ifeanyichukwu
High Jump
Okpara Theddus
Long Jump
Okpara Theddus
Decathlon
Enahoro Ituah
4 x 100 m
Oduduru Divine
Peka Victor
Igube ThankGod
Ashien Godwin
Olisakwe Chukwudi
4 x 400 m
Nathaniel Samson
Fasasi Adekunle Rilwan
Adeyemi Sikiru Adewale
Akerele Omeiza
Audu Abdulgafar

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Yemi Olus is a Senior Sports Writer and Editor at Making of Champions. She has a bias for Athletics and was previously a Sports Reporter at the National Mirror, where she hosted a weekly column ‘On the Track with Yemi Olus’ for over two years. A self-acclaimed ‘athletics junkie’, she has covered national and international events live, such as the African Athletics Championships, African Games and IAAF World Championships. She has also freelanced for the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) and currently hosts a weekly Track and Field column in the Vanguard Newspaper.

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