Tosin Oke, Gloria Asumnu and Chinazom Amadi provided the highlights on the first day of the 2015 Nigerian Athletics Championships at the Warri Township stadium in Delta-State on Thursday 30 July.Tosin Oke won the men’s triple jump title yet again with a season’s best jump of 16.98m to qualify for the IAAF World championships in Beijing next month.
Olamide Olamigoke finished a distant second with a best of 16.80m while Kolawole Adedoyin was third with a best jump of 15.79m.Chinazom Amadi emerged the surprised winner of the women’s Long Jump, soaring to a season’s best 6.24m to dump the Commonwealth champion, Ese Brume into second place with 6.14m, with 17-year-old Ruth Usoro taking third with 6.07m. Gloria Asumnu took full advantage of the absent African and Commonwealth champion, Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor to claim her first national title, winning the women’s 100m event in 11.42 secs.
Stephanie Kalu came second in 11.47 secs, ahead of Deborah Odeyemi of Customs (11.66) and Cecilia Francis of Lagos State (11.67) while Ngozi Onwumere was fifth in 11.69 secs.
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In other events concluded yesterday, Tyron Akins reclaimed his 110m Hurdles title in 13.68 secs, followed by Alex Al-Ameen (14.00) and Martins Ogieriakhi (14.13).
Claire Uke took the women’s Discus Throw title with a best of 50.91m ahead of Precious Ogunleye, who came second with 48.32m and Celestina Efobi, who finished third 40.59m.
Augustine Nwoye claimed the Nigeria’s men’s Discus Throw title with a best of 51.21m, followed by Kenechukwu Ezeofor ( 48.49m) and Samuel Olatunji (46.41m)
Abike Egbeniyi won the women’s 800m title in 2:07.50 ahead of Abiye David (2:09.10) and Sirika Nwoke (2:10.35).
Obinna Metu (10.31), Ogho-Oghene Egwero (10.32), Seye Ogunleye (10.35), Tega Odele (10.36), Monzavous Edward (10.37) and Jonathan Nmaju (10.38) have all qualified for the men’s 100m semi-finals scheduled for later today.