While the National Championships was being staged at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna State, another set of Nigerian athletes were in action at the Region II Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) U-20 and Senior Open Athletics Championship in Niamey, Niger, and claimed a haul of 10 medals at the end of the day.

The team comprised two coaches and nine athletes: David Olowookere, Sarah Ochigbo, Marvelous Asemota, Arabel Frank Orobosa, Oluchi Offorma, Yusuf Muhammed, Onwuka Eke Kalu, Gbenga Bakre and Godspower Ossai.

Asemota stormed to victory in the sprint double and eventually emerged the Most Valuable Female Athlete in the U20 category.

Olowookere also claimed two medals at the competition, taking GOLD in the 400m Hurdles with a time of 52.04s, and Silver in the 110m Hurdles with a Personal Best (PB) of 14.57s. Sarah Ochigbo won double Silver in the 100m Hurdles and 400m Hurdles respectively.

In the senior category, Yusuf Muhammed took the Bronze medal in the 110m Hurdles while Arabel Frank Orobosa won the Women’s Shotput and placed 3rd in Discus. Onwuka Eke Kalu was the man to beat in the Discus event.

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.


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