Congo Brazzaville 2015

A total of nine athletes are expected to don the green and white colours of Nigeria at the IAAF World Indoor Championships billed to hold from March 1st to 4th in Birmingham, according to the provisional entry list released by the IAAF on Sunday.

The nine athletes comprise of seven female and two male athletes. US-based Chukwuebuka Enekwechi will compete in the men’s Shot put event, and comes with a Season’s Best (SB) of 20.89m, which puts him on 12th position on the world rankings.

Another US-based athlete Chidi Okezie, who is an African Championships Bronze medallist in the men’s 400m, will compete in his specialist event where he has clocked an SB of 46.58s. Okezie who competed in Portland two years ago, will be thrilled at his return to the national team.

Topping the list of female athletes is Oluwatobiloba Amusan who will be in action in the 60m Hurdles, having set a Personal Best (PB) and SB of 7.89s set earlier this season. She is ranked 8th in the world at the moment, and will be joined in the event by 2015 African Games 100m Hurdles Bronze medallist – Lindsay Lindley, who raced to a PB/SB of 8.04s last week.

Three-time Nigerian Champion in the women’s 400m, Patience Okon-George will be the country’s sole representative in her event. The African Championships Bronze medallist set an SB of 51.40s to win the Commonwealth Games Trials, and is ranked No.1 in the world (outdoor) in 2018.

She will also play a vital role in the women’s 4x400m, and compatriots Regina George, Glory Nathaniel, Yinka Ajayi and Emerald Egwim will be counting on her wealth of experience when the relays get underway. The trio of Ajayi, Nathaniel and Egwim made their World (outdoor) Championships debut in London last year, and will be hoping to make an impact at their first outing at the World Indoors.

 

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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.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Whoever is in charge of this selection should give Stephanie Kalu & Abike Egbeniyi a chance to be part of the team to Birmingham. Also, there is another guy who is doing well in the short put. Kunle Fasasi should also be considered.

  2. Those who haven’t run in indoor competitions should be put through before the relays. I don’t think some of the ladies in the 4x400m event have done the 400m indoor event. Officials should ensure they get the right footwear too. The weather is different too. Good luck to the team!

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