In her first ever competition on Nigerian soil, thrower Ashley Anumba, representing Rivers State, announced her arrival by stunning a competitive field to win the women’s Discus throw with a new Sports Festival Record on Day 3 of Athletics in Asaba.

It was a day to remember for Ashley Anumba as she set a Personal Best and Festival Record in the women’s Discus throw.

The 23-year-old threw a new Personal Best of 59.06m to win the women’s Discus title, surpassing Vivian Chukwuemeka’s 16-year old Festival Record of 50.74m set in Ijebu Ode and erasing her own former lifetime best of 57.53m set in April. Anumba’s only outing for Nigeria was at the 2019 African Games in Morocco where she finished 4th.

Reigning Commonwealth Games Champion Chioma Onyekwere clinched the Silver medal while Obiageri Amaechi who won Bronze in Mauritius and Birmingham, settled for 3rd place.

In her first outing at the National Sports Festival, Sade Olatoye struck GOLD in the women’s Shot Put.

In her first National Sports Festival (NSF) and first Shot Put outing in 2022, Sade Olatoye made a winning return to the event, throwing a mark of 16.15m to win GOLD for Delta State. In almost two years, Olatoye has only competed once in women’s Shot Put.

Temitope Adeshina (Rivers State) retained her NSF title from last year, claiming the GOLD medal in women’s High Jump after scaling a height of 1.80m.

Temitope Adeshina retained her High Jump title from Edo 2021.

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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 and IAAF World Championships. She also freelances for World Athletics.

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