Adegoke, Udo-Gabriel and Benjamin are the three athletes listed to represent Nigeria at the World U20 Championships

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) have released the provisional list for the World Junior Championships in Tampere, Finland, and just three athletes have been named to represent Nigeria.

Joy Udo-Gabriel, Enoch Adegoke and Arinze Benjamin are the three athletes listed to represent Nigeria in the biennal Championships, with this edition slated for July 10th-15th.

Udo-Gabriel, who was recently crowned West Africa (ECOWAS Under 20 double sprint champion), and who’s also the current National U20 100m champion, will be making her third appearance for Team Nigeria, having made her bow at the Commonwealth Games in Australia where she ran a Personal Best of 11.42s.

Adegoke on his part, raced to a lifetime’s Best of 10.19s to win his 100m heat at the Commonwealth Games, going on to make the final.

Benjamin who jumped 7.57m in the men’s Long Jump at the National Under 20 in Ozoro, is the only field event athlete named in the Nigerian team, with Adegoke and Udo-Gabriel competing in the 100m in their respective categories.

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Athletics coverage was a discovery, having to move away from regularly writing about Football. Although it was initially daunting, but now being an authority in it makes the past effort worthwhile. From travelling on the same international flight with Nigerian athletes, to knowing you could easily interview: World Record holder Tobi Amusan, then Ese Brume, I have cut my teeth in this beat earning the trust of Athletics sources. Formerly the Content Manager-Sports at Ringier media Nigeria, Chris is a Senior Sports writer, Photographer & Community manager at Making of Champions.


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