Sade Olatoye’s African Championships debut took off on a winning note as she overcame the threat posed by Algeria’s Zouina Bouzebra to win the women’s Hammer throw on Day 4 of the 22nd African Senior Athletics Championships in Mauritius.

It was a close contest between the Nigerian and Algerian as the latter’s first two throws of 59.86m and 59.66m landed farther than the former’s throws of 57.78m and 57.98m respectively.

Sade Olatoye had to dig deep to win GOLD in the women’s Hammer throw in Mauritius.

However, Olatoye who has a Personal Best (PB) of 69.89m in the event, dug deep to produce her winning mark of 63.67m at her third attempt and Bouzebra eventually had to settle for Silver with 63.48m. Egypt’s Rawan Barakat claimed Bronze with a mark of 62.67m.

Olatoye’s GOLD medal was enough to keep Nigeria in joint 3rd place (alongside Algeria) on the medals table with a total of seven medals: four GOLD, two Silver and a Bronze medal.




Yemi Galadima is a Senior Sportswriter 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, Olympics and World Athletics Championships. She also freelances for World Athletics.


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