It was a full house at the Sports Complex of the Yaba College of Technology in Lagos as over 400 athletes from all parts of the country participated in the African Youth Athletics Championships Trials and Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) 2nd All-Comers Competition, which took place on Wednesday.
Some of the athletes churned out good times in their races, but the fastest time for the day was done by former National Champion,Ogho-Oghene Egwero who lowered his time from the last All-Comers championship in Abuja. At the nation’s capital last month, Egwero did a time of 10.28s, but he improved to a Season’s Best (SB) of 10.20s, which won him the race.
In the different straight finals of the men’s 400m races, reigning National Champion, Isah Salihu emerged winner in his own event, with Orukpe Erayokan, Tobi Ogunmola and Noah Akwu also winning theirs. Salihu clinched his own race in a time of 48.15s while Eko 2012 winner, Erayokan ran the fastest time in the 400m (46.58s.), which was slower than the 46.38s he posted in Abuja.
Daniel Agboola defeated other athletes to win the men’s 800m event in a time of 1min: 53s, while Osuolale Taiwo won the 5000m event with a time of 15min: 19: 61s.
Nkem Ezeala won the double, clinching the women’s 100m event in a time of 11.53s. African Junior Champion, Praise Idamadudu won the 200m women’s youth category, beating other athletes to race to the finish line in a time of 23.71s.
Athletes who were at Top Sprinter Auditions
Some of the athletes who participated in the Top Sprinter Auditions organised by Making of Champions last month, were also part of the All- Comers event in Lagos. From the Top Sprinter Lagos auditions to that of Ibadan and Enugu, some of these athletes came out and rubbed shoulders with some of the best in the country.
Of all the athletes who competed at the Top Sprinter auditions, Olisakwe Chukwudi ran the fastest time with 10.64s in his 100m heats. He completed the double when he won the 200m race with a time of 21.99s. His friend, Igube Thankgod placed second in his race in the 100m Youth category, but made amends in the 200m event where he ran a time of 21.89s.
Abdulrahman Afeez was the other athlete who won his race in the Youth’s 400m. The Ilorin-based athlete won his heat in a time of 49.10s and afterwards told Making Of Champions: ” I am disappointed with my time,” he said after the race, adding that: “the curve was unending”, an unhappy Afeez who started in lane 8 said. Meanwhile, double champion at the Ibadan auditions, Emmanuel Arowolo, won his heat in 10.74s.
Olubukola Alagbe who was a double champion in Enugu, twice placed 2nd in her races on the day. Alagbe came second in the 100m heat, finishing with a time of 12.01s.
Trials for next week’s Africa Youth Championship
The AFN used the All-Comers championship to get some of the athletes with the fastest times and best performances to represent the country at the 2nd Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) Youth Championships taking place from April 23 to 26 in Mauritius.
There were competitions in the field events ranging from the hammer throws, Long and Triple Jumps and also the Javelin. The stand-out performance came from Nere Omatsola, who broke the National Youth Record. The SS 3 student of Whitesands School in Lagos scaled the height of 1.85m to emerge tops in the competition.