Nigeria Rules African Athletics!

DIVINE GOLD – Oduduru Divine of Nigeria celebrating after winning the 200m boys final in a time of 21.56sec. Photo: Henry UniniNigerian junior athletes proved that athletics is still very much alive in the country, when they topped the medals table of the Africa Youth Athletics Championships here in Warri, DeltaState.

Team Nigeria had trailed Egypt on the table after three days of competition, but an outbreak of success in the final day of activity saw the juniors winning most of the gold on offer, much to the appreciation of the near capacity crowd at the Warri Township Stadium.


Divine Oduduru and Deborah Adewale completed a sprint double by winning the boys and girls 200m race. While Veronica Kasie Ugeh won in javelin, Onome Nathaniel won in 400m hurdles, and the women relay medley team raked in the gold to take Nigeria’s haul on the final day to eight.

“Last year we won the African Championships in BeninRepublic after 10 years. Our junior athletes have also demonstrated that our athletics is on its way to recovery. We just need to have this winning mentality,” said Athletics Federation of Nigeria president Solomon Ogba.

Medals Table
Nigeria 13 10 12
Egypt 8 6 2
Ethiopia 6 13 6
Kenya 5 4 2
Gambia 2 – –
Ertirea 1 1 1
Morocco 1 0 2
Uganda 0 1 0
B/Faso 0 1 1
Namibia 0 0 2
Mauritius 0 0 2
Benin 0 0 2
Zimbabwe 0 0 1 Togo 0 0 1
Mozam 0 0 1
Botswana 0 0 1

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