Nigeria - A new National 2,000m Steeplechase girls record by Olamide Oluwaseun, a storming 100m win by Divine Oduduru and a soaring High and Long jump double for Ese Brume highlights the two-day AFN/Daniel Kolawole Olukoya U-18 Athletics Championships concluded at the Sports Complex of the Yaba College of Technology in Lagos on Friday.
Oluwaseun, 15, representing Next Level Athletics Club clocked the record time of 7 minutes and 40.75 seconds to beat Rutkan James of High Altitude Athletics Club (7:42.87) and Lawechi Madubueze of Abia State (7:46.95) to second and third places respectively.
Ese Brume of Delta State, the 2012 National Sports Festival Long jump champion, jumped 6.40 metres to win the girls Long Jump and 1.70 metres to win the High Jump event.
However, Brume was beaten to the girls 100m gold medal by Cecilia Francis of Greater Tomorrow Club who won in 11.87 seconds. She settled for the silver in 11.96 seconds while Oluwatobi Amusan of Buka Tigers picked the bronze with time of 12.02 seconds.
17-year-old Divine Oduduru from Delta State won the 100m boys gold in a decent 10.51 seconds ahead Ekiti State's Ismaila Yusuf (10.61) and Charles Okezie of Delta state (10.83).
Oduduru, a student of West End Mixed Secondary School in Asaba also led the Delta state relay quartet to win the 4x100m gold medal in 42.77secs. Ekiti State won the silver in 43.12 seconds while FAPP Track Club settled for the bronze in 43.84 seconds.
Ekiti State’s Ismaila Yusuf won the boys 200m gold in 22.00 seconds ahead of teammate Adeyombo Adeniyi (Silver in 22.30) and Delta State's Charles Okezie (Bronze in 22.47).
All the athletes selected for the maiden African Youth Athletics Championship to be held from March 27-31 in Warri will move into closed camping at the University of Port Harcourt tomorrow.
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