Stephen Mozia has won yet another medal, and after Day 2 he now accounts for the two medals won so far by Team Nigeria at the ongoing 2016 African Championships in Durban, South Africa.

Having won Bronze in the Shot Put on Day 1, Mozia won his second bronze medal of the competition after finishing 3rd in the men’s Discus having thrown a distance of 59.16m. South Africa won the GOLD and Silver in the men’s Discus through Victor Hogan who threw a distance of 61.68m to take the win and Rusell Tucker 2nd with 61.44m.

Mozia will be delighted leaving the competition with two medals and would hope for a better outing at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

In the women’s 100m final, Team Nigeria’s Gloria Asumnu finished 4th in 11.45s with Ivory Coast’s Murielle Ahoure winning the race in a Championship Record of 10.99s with SA’s Carina Horn finishing 2nd in 11.07s and Marie Ta Lou 3rd in 11.15s.

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Regina George just before her 400m semis on Thursday

Six athletes competed for Nigeria in both the men and women’s 400m, with Patience Okon George and Regina George having a 1-2 finish in Heat 1, running 52.42s and 52.89s respectively to progress to the final on Friday. Yinka Ajayi finished 6th in Heat 2 with a time of 53.54s.

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Tubotein Taylor after his 400m semifinal race at the 2016 African Championships

While in the men’s 400m semifinal, Chidi Okezie qualified for the final after finishing 2nd in Heat 2 clocking 45.80s behind Baboloki Thebe who narrowly beat him to 1st place in 45.75s. Tubotein Taylor finished 5th in Heat 1 with a time of 47.00s, and Orukpe Erayokan finishing 4th in Heat 3 in 46.84s.

Meanwhile in the men’s 400m Hurdles, Miles Ukaoma went through to the final after finishing 4th in Heat 2 as one of the fastest losers in 50.79s.

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Miles Ukaoma just before qualifying for the final of the men’s 400m Hurdles.


With the competition entering Day 3 on Friday, Nigeria would hope for a better outing in the remaining events if they are to finish the competition on a high note.


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