Friday, 8 July 2016

Okagbare claims sprint double

Blessing Okagbare won the  All Nigeria Athletics Championships  women’s 200m on Friday at the Sapele Stadium, Delta State.   


Okagbare  had on Thursday won the 100m with a new season best of 11.02secs in the competition, which serves as qualifiers for the Rio 2016 Olympics.
The United States-based sprinter, who  ran 22.78secs on Friday, completed Commonwealth Games sprint double in Glasgow in 2014.
Seye Ogunlewe  qualified for the  Olympics after he successfully defended his men’s 100m title with a time of 10.12secs. He beat the IAAF Standard of 10.18secs for the event. He thus joined Egwero Ogho-Oghene, who had earlier met the standard for the event.
Ogunlewe was absent at the 2016 CAA African Athletics Championship in South Africa,  beat Egwero, who ran 10.35secs  to  place second.
In other events on Friday, Divine Oduduru  won the men’s 200m title with a time of 20.52secs. Kunle Fasasi won the men’s 400m in 46.22secs while Chidi Okezie finished second. Patience George took the women’s 400m in 51.67sec. Henry Okorie won the men’s 400m hurdles in 50.12secs while last year’s champion, Miles Ukaoma, finished third. Amaka Ogoegbunam won the women’s 400m hurdles in 57.61secs.
Antwon Hicks set a new national record at the event on Thursday in the men’s 110m hurdles event.
Hicks ran 13.27secs to erase the previous record in the 110m hurdles owned by Williams Erese, who set a time 13.42secs in the United States in 2003. The time has also qualified the former American runner for the Rio Olympics where he will be representing Nigeria in Rio.