-Track Team Grab Medals In Rapid Succession
– Okon George 2nd, Nwanaga Wins Javelin Gold
-4x100m Women Win, Male Quartet Disqualified
Tuesday turned out to be a very lucrative moment for Niger at the All Africa Games in Brazzaville, Congo Republic, as the country’s track and field contingent romped from one gold medal to another in quick succession.
Junior athlete, Amusan Oluwatobiloba set the stage with a stunning upset in the female hurdles, after which Blessing Okagbare ran the third leg for the women’s quartet, en route to winning the 4x100m relay event gold in 43.11secs, but the male sprints relay quartet were disqualified for baton exchange outside the restricted line.
Despite ending second in a photo finish with Cote d’Ivoire, who took gold in 38.95secs The Nigerian male 4x100m team, inspired by Divine Oduduru, was disqualified for passing the baton after exceeding the exchange line.
However, there was joy in field events, as the women’s javelin saw Nigeria’s Kelechi Nwanaga throw a distance of 52.70m to take gold while Mery Zuta of Ghana won the silver with her distance throw of 50.93m.
Back on the tracks, in the women 400m event, national champion, Patience Okon George was beaten to the gold medal by Kabange Mupopo of Zambia who returned in 50.22secs ahead of 50.71secs by the Nigerian, while Adeloye Oluwatosin and Margaret Etim came 4th and 5th respectively in 51.82 and 52.64secs.
However, Orukpe Erayokan came 6th in the men 400m event in 45.73secs, while Isaac Makwala of Botswana won in 44.35secs while Boniface Mweresa of Kenya (45.01secs) and Onkabetse Nkobolo of Botswana (45.50secs) won the silver and bronze respectively.