Joy Udo-Gabriel

  • Name: Joy Udo-Gabriel
  • Date Of Birth: 2nd June, 1999
  • State of Origin: Abia
  • Secondary School: Stars International College, Ikorodu
  • Current University: University of Lagos
  • Course: Education & Christian Religious Studies
  • Coached By: Deji Aliu
  • Personal Bests: 100m (11.42s), 200m (24.26s)
  • Sponsors: ARCO Group

Udo-Gabriel has come a long way since being discovered at Making of Champions’ Top Sprinter Auditions held in Benin in 2015, to becoming a Commonwealth Games Bronze medallist in the women’s 4x100m in 2018.

The 17-year old picked an interest in Athletics from her childhood and has won several medals at both State and National levels as a secondary school athlete, winning Silver in the 100m, and GOLD in the 4x100m at the 2014 National Schools Sports Festival (NSSF) in Benue State.

In 2015, she was crowned the fastest school girl in Lagos State after stopping the clock at 12.91s to take the win ahead of tournament favourite, Ruth Usoro at the Lagos State Secondary School Sports Festival. At the Benin Auditions in September that year, she won her race in 12.5s, before going on to finish 4th at the Lagos Finals in October, achieving all of these with minimal training.

Udo-Gabriel came under the tutelage of Nigerian Olympic medallist Deji Aliu in November 2015, and has made rapid improvement since then. Her first competition as an MoC athlete was at the 2016 National Junior Championships where she won her heat. She made her debut outing at the AFN Golden League in Sagamu where she ran a then Personal Best (PB) of 12.06s.

She lowered her PB to 11.87s to win the women’s ‘B Final’ at the Akure Golden League, finishing ahead of her more established rivals. This earned her a spot at the Nigerian Trials where she placed 7th in Heat 3 in 11.88s.

Her impressive form saw her become a beneficiary of MoC’s Student-Athlete scholarship where she is currently being sponsored by Oil and Gas company, ARCO Group ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

At the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) / Dynamic Sporting Solutions Track and Field Meet held in Abuja in June 2017, Udo-Gabriel stormed to victory in her heat in a PB of 11.65s, before setting a PB of 24.26s in the 200m to qualify for the African Junior Championships in both events. Unfortunately, Nigeria did not send a team to the competition.

The teenager went on to win Silver in the 100m/200m at the AFN/MoC National U-20 Championships later that month.

2018 proved to be a turning point in Udo-Gabriel’s career as she finished 3rd in the women’s 100m at the Commonwealth Games Trials held in February in Abuja, to make the Nigerian team for the Commonwealth Games in Australia. She made her international debut for Nigeria in Gold Coast where she smashed her PB to 11.42s while competing in the 100m, before setting a time of 11.53s in the semis where she placed 4th, narrowly missing a place in the final.

However, she bounced back in the women’s 4x100m relay where she ran the first leg and partnered with African Record holder in 200m Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor, Tobi Amusan and Rosemary Chukwuma, to win Bronze behind England and Jamaica with a time of 42.75s.

Following her impressive feat at the Commonwealth Games, Udo-Gabriel’s sponsor ARCO Group, announced an extension of her Scholarship until 2022.

Note: 2 decimal places signify Electronic timing, 1 decimal place signifies Hand-timing

100 metres
YearDatePerformancePositionStageCompetitionLocation
2017Jul 13th11.80s5thFinalNational ChampionshipsAbuja
Jul 13th11.8s2ndHeatsNational ChampionshipsAbuja
Jun 17th11.75s2ndFinalAFN/MoC National U20 & U18 ChampionshipsAbuja
Jun 3rd11.73s2ndFinalAFN/Dynamic Sporting Solutions MeetAbuja
Jun 3rd11.65s1stHeatsAFN/Dynamic Sporting Solutions MeetAbuja
2016Sept 29th12.14s1stFinalTop Sprinter Athletics ChampionshipsLagos
Sept 29th12.18s1stHeatsTop Sprinter Athletics ChampionshipsLagos
Sept 1st12.17s3rdFinalEko Athletics Grand PrixLagos
Jul 10th11.88s7thHeatsNational Senior ChampionshipsSapele
Jun 7th11.87s1stB FinalAFN Golden LeagueAkure
2015Oct 1st12.95s4thFinalTop Sprinter Lagos FinalsLagos
Sept 26th12.5s1stFinalTop Sprinter Benin AuditionsBenin
Feb12.91s1stFinalLagos School Sports Festival (Ibile) GamesLagos
2014Nov2ndFinalNational School Sports FestivalBenue

200 metres
YearDatePerformancePositionStageCompetitionLocation
2017Dec 1st24.3s3rdHeatsAFN Golden LeagueKaduna
Jun 17th24.66s2ndFinalAFN/MoC National U20 & U18 ChampionshipsAbuja
Jun 3rd24.26s2ndHeatsAFN/Dynamic Sporting Solutions MeetAbuja
2016Sept 30th25.19s1stFinalTop Sprinter Athletics ChampionshipsLagos
Sept 30th25.21s1stHeatsTop Sprinter Athletics ChampionshipsLagos
May 25th25.71s1stHeatsNational Juniors (D.K. Olukoya Championships)Lagos

4X100 metres
YearDatePerformancePositionStageCompetitionLocation
2017Dec 2nd48.05s2ndFinalAFN Golden LeagueKaduna
Nov 25th49.66s4thFinalAFN All-ComersAbuja
Jul 15th46.74s4thFinalNational ChampionshipsAbuja
2016Oct 1st46.57s1stFinalTop Sprinter/ Lagos Relays Athletics ChampionshipsLagos
2014Nov1stFinalNational School Sports FestivalBenue

    2018

  • Commonwealth Games 4x100m Bronze Medallist
  • 2017

  • AFN/MoC National Junior (U20) 100m & 200m Silver Medallist
  • 2016

  • Top Sprinter/ Lagos Relays Women’s 4x100m Champion
  • Top Sprinter Junior 100 and 200m Champion
  • Eko Athletics Grand Prix 100m Bronze Medallist
  • AFN Golden League B Final 100m Winner
  • 2015

  • Top Sprinter Benin Auditions 100m Winner
  • Lagos State Schools Sports Festival 100m Champion
  • 2014

  • National Schools Sports Festival 100m Silver Medallist
  • National Schools Sports Festival 4x100m Champion

2017 AFN GOLDEN LEAGUE KADUNA

MoC’s Joy Udo Gabriel after placing 3rd in the Women’s 200 heat 2 at the AFN Golden League Kaduna

Team MoC 4x100m Women Speaks after the race at the AFN Golden League Kaduna

Isoken Igbinosun wins Women’s 200m heat 2 at the AFN Golden League Kaduna

2017 AFN All Comers Abuja

4x100m Women’s relay at All Comers Abuja

2017 National Championships

Team Customs wins Women’s 4x100m at 2017 National Trials

Precious Okoronkwo wins Heat 2 of the Women’s 100m at 2017 National Trials Nigeria

Aniekeme Alphonsus wins 100m Women’s Final at 2017 National Trials

2017 AFN/MoC National U20 & U18 Championships

Joy Udo-Gabriel narrowly misses 100m Junior title at the AFN/MoC National U18 & U20 Trials

Joy Udo-Gabriel wins Silver in the 200m Junior category at the AFN/MoC National U18 & U20 Trials

Aniekeme wins 200m Junior Girls Final at AFN/MoC National U20 & U18 Championships

Aniekeme Alphonsus wins the 100m Junior Girls Final at AFN/MoC National U20 Trials

2017 AFN/Dynamic Sporting Solutions Meet

Joy Udo-Gabriel’s interview after winning her 100m heat with a PB at the 2017 AFN Meet in Abuja

Igbinosun Isoken wins Women’s 200m Heat 3 at AFN/Dynamic Sporting Solutions Meet

MoC’s Udo-Gabriel places 2nd in 100m Final behind Isoken Igbinosun at the 2017 AFN Meet in Abuja!

MoC Athlete Joy Udo-Gabriel storms to a 100m PB of 11.65s at AFN/Dynamic Solutions Meet

2016 National Senior Championships

Udo Gabriel places 7th in Women’s 100m Heat 3 at Nigeria Olympic Trials

Udo Gabriel speaking after her debut 100m heats at Nigerian Olympic Trials

Gloria Asumnu wins Women’s 100m Heat 3 at Nigeria Olympic Trials