- 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
|2017||Jul 13th||11.80s||5th||Final||National Championships||Abuja|
|Jul 13th||11.8s||2nd||Heats||National Championships||Abuja|
|Jun 17th||11.75s||2nd||Final||AFN/MoC National U20 & U18 Championships||Abuja|
|Jun 3rd||11.73s||2nd||Final||AFN/Dynamic Sporting Solutions Meet||Abuja|
|Jun 3rd||11.65s||1st||Heats||AFN/Dynamic Sporting Solutions Meet||Abuja|
|2016||Sept 29th||12.14s||1st||Final||Top Sprinter Athletics Championships||Lagos|
|Sept 29th||12.18s||1st||Heats||Top Sprinter Athletics Championships||Lagos|
|Sept 1st||12.17s||3rd||Final||Eko Athletics Grand Prix||Lagos|
|Jul 10th||11.88s||7th||Heats||National Senior Championships||Sapele|
|Jun 7th||11.87s||1st||B Final||AFN Golden League||Akure|
|2015||Oct 1st||12.95s||4th||Final||Top Sprinter Lagos Finals||Lagos|
|Sept 26th||12.5s||1st||Final||Top Sprinter Benin Auditions||Benin|
|Feb||12.91s||1st||Final||Lagos School Sports Festival (Ibile) Games||Lagos|
|2014||Nov||2nd||Final||National School Sports Festival||Benue|
|2017||Dec 1st||24.3s||3rd||Heats||AFN Golden League||Kaduna|
|Jun 17th||24.66s||2nd||Final||AFN/MoC National U20 & U18 Championships||Abuja|
|Jun 3rd||24.26s||2nd||Heats||AFN/Dynamic Sporting Solutions Meet||Abuja|
|2016||Sept 30th||25.19s||1st||Final||Top Sprinter Athletics Championships||Lagos|
|Sept 30th||25.21s||1st||Heats||Top Sprinter Athletics Championships||Lagos|
|May 25th||25.71s||1st||Heats||National Juniors (D.K. Olukoya Championships)||Lagos|
|2017||Dec 2nd||48.05s||2nd||Final||AFN Golden League||Kaduna|
|Nov 25th||49.66s||4th||Final||AFN All-Comers||Abuja|
|Jul 15th||46.74s||4th||Final||National Championships||Abuja|
|2016||Oct 1st||46.57s||1st||Final||Top Sprinter/ Lagos Relays Athletics Championships||Lagos|
|2014||Nov||1st||Final||National School Sports Festival||Benue|
- Commonwealth Games 4x100m Bronze Medallist
- AFN/MoC National Junior (U20) 100m & 200m Silver Medallist
- 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
- Top Sprinter Benin Auditions 100m Winner
- Lagos State Schools Sports Festival 100m Champion
- National Schools Sports Festival 100m Silver Medallist
- National Schools Sports Festival 4x100m Champion
- MoC’s Jerry Jakpa wins National 200m Bronze medal at All Nigeria T&F Champs
- Arowolo, Okon-George & Nathaniel win titles at National Championships
- Aniekeme Alphonsus claims 1st Senior 100m National title in Abuja
- Joy Udo-Gabriel shatters 100m/200m PBs to qualify for African U-20 Champs
- Nathaniel & Ajayi clock PBs to qualify for World Championships
- Seven MoC Athletes race to PBs at AFN/Dynamic Sporting Solutions Meet
- Alphonsus, Chukwuma claim double titles at National U18 & Championships
- MoC Athletes win 7 medals at National U20 & Championships
- Buka Tigers, Eagle Sight dominate Day 3 of Top Sprinter Lagos Relays 2016
- Jakpa & Udo-Gabriel storm to double titles at Top Sprinter 2016
- ARCO-sponsored Jakpa & Udo-Gabriel claim Junior titles at Top Sprinter 2016
- ARCO Group sponsors 2 athletes in MoC Student-Athlete Scholarship!
- MoC Athletes shine at Eko Athletics Grand Prix
- MoC athletes shine at AFN Golden League final in Akure
- Team MoC makes debut at D.K Olukoya Youth & Junior Championships
- 2015 Top Sprinter Auditions reach climax in Benin!