Day 2 of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) World Championships National Trials witnessed action in the men’s and women’s 200m, which commenced during the morning session.
Defending Champion Alaba Akintola clocked the overall fastest time to win his semifinal race in 21.08s while Fakorede Adekalu and the newly crowned 100m champion, Usheoritse Itsekiri, won their respective heats in 21.18s and 21.27s.
In the final, Akintola proved that his fastest time set in the semis was no fluke as he stormed through to retain his title from last year with a time of 20.67s. Itsekiri finished 2nd in 20.92s while Adebisi Musbau came 3rd with 21.00s.
On the women’s side, Faith Okwose and Tiana Eyakpobeyan continued their rivalry from the African U18/U20 Championships as the former narrowly edged the latter to win the women’s 200m, which doubles as her first senior National title in 23.51s to 23.53s and an upgrade from her Silver in the 100m. Rejoice Sule was 3rd in 23.79s. Okwose’s time of 23.45s set in the semis, was the fastest of the competition.