The Eko Athletics Grand Prix ended on Thursday with athletes putting up good performances at the Teslim Balogun Stadium to see if they can earn spots in the Lagos team that will participate at the National Sports Festival (NSF).

Some of the athletes will be in the team going to Calabar in November for the NSF, with the top three given medals and monetary rewards.

Cecilia Francis was the woman to beat, winning the women’s 100m title crossing the line with a time of 11.88s.

Cecilia Francis comfortably won the women's 100m, making it her 2nd individual title of the Championships
Cecilia Francis comfortably won the women’s 100m, making it her 2nd individual title of the Championships

 

The national athlete made it a double, adding to her 200m title which she had won on day 1 of the competition, and she played a role in helping her relay team win both the women’s 4x100m and 4x400m relays.

Precious Okoronkwo finished 2nd in the race with a time of 12.13s and Making of Champions'(MoC) Joy Udo Gabriel finishing 3rd with a time of 12.17s.

There were too many heats in the men’s 100m which led to the event divided into two finals with three athletes with the fastest times emerged made the podium placements.

Badewo and Obute after their 100m A final at the Eko Athletics Grand Prix
Badewo and Obute after their 100m A final at the Eko Athletics Grand Prix

Bamiyo Obute ran the fastest time of the two finals, winning with a time of 10.85s, and Funmilola Badewo 2nd with a time of 10.86s. Folarin Jare who won the final B, finished 3rd overall in 10.88s.

Folarin Jare celebrated as he crossed the line to win men's 100m B final
Folarin Jare celebrated as he crossed the line to win men’s 100m B final

Meanwhile in the men’s 400m, Akindele Atanda won running a time of 50.68s, with Adebisi Sodiq 2nd in 51.08s and Segun Akhigbe 2nd with 51.09s.

In the women’s quarter-mile, Charity Adegoke won with a time of 55.45s, as Aminat Alabi was 2nd in 55.84s and Edun Feyishara 3rd with a time of 57.75s

The women’s 4x100m relay was won by Osheku Track club with Francis anchoring them to victory with a time of 47.32s. Eagles Sight finished 2nd 47.76 and Spartacus 3rd with 49.17s.

While in the men’s 4x100m, Eagle Sight won with a time of 42.00 and MoC 2nd with 42.54s, as Eagle Sight team B 3rd with a time of 43.04s

Osheku Track Club continued their dominance with victory in the women’s 4x400m, winning with a time of 3:54.62 and Spartacus 2nd with 3:58.62, Tonero finished 3rd with 4:02.89.

Men’s 4x400m was also won by Osheku track club, crossing the line in 3:20.76 and Akhigbe 2nd in 3:22.84 and Next Level 3rd in 3:24.43.

Athletes waiting for the baton in men's 4x400m relay.
Athletes waiting for the baton in men’s 4x400m relay.

Ayeni Babafemi won the men’s Long Jump with a mark of 6.94m, with Tony Nwawuihe finishing 2nd with a mark of 6.75m and Alimi Adedamola finishing 3rd going a distance of 6.32m.

Okoronkwo taking a leap in the sands in women's Long Jump
Okoronkwo taking a leap in the sands in women’s Long Jump

In the women’s category, Precious Okoronkwo won with a mark of 5.60m, as Nneoma Okoronkwo finished 2nd with 5.38m and Omosola Omotayo 3rd with a mark of 5.37m.

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Very proficient in writing and talking about football, but has now found a new love in Athletics. Just a matter of time before I become a master on things pertaining to the tracks. Formerly the Content Manager-Sports at NigerianBulletin and Allsports, Christopher is now a Senior Sports writer at Making of Champions.

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