Barely two weeks after her Bronze-winning feat at the African Senior Championships in Mauritius which was her first ever outing for Nigeria, Obiageri Amaechi scored another first, this time around at the Nigerian World Championships/Commonwealth Games Trials where she won her first national title in style.

Amaechi came to the National Championships with a Personal Best (PB) of 57.95m set in 2019 but improved on that mark to set a new lifetime best of 58.10m, finishing ahead of teammate and National Record (NR) holder Chioma Onyekwere who settled for 2nd with a best throw of 57.33m. Princess Kara took the Bronze with 53.57m.

Meanwhile Sade Olatoye won her first Hammer National title, putting up a dominant show against her competitors to win with a mark of 64.06m. Last year, Olatoye won the Shot Put National title in Lagos, and has now added the Hammer to her haul. Rashidat Quadri took Silver with 39.23m while Ezinne Ozioko claimed Bronze.

Ibrahim Baba won the men’s Hammer throw with 45.07m, finishing ahead of Uzordinma Egbeogu and Ayotoritse Lebi Psalm.

National Sports Festival (NSF) Champion Anabel Orobosa Frank dominated the women’s Shot put with a throw of 16.90m to claim her first GOLD at the National Championships, with Judith Anulika Aniefuna and Stella Ode Ochi taking Silver and Bronze respectively.

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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