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AFN Golden League: Hurdles, 400m Events Drew High Applause

Posted: Jun 18, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Nigerian spectators have discovered another sport of interest in hurdles and quarter-mile events at the newly constructed tartan tracks in Oba, Anambra State.

The crowd who were used to football actions, suddenly found athletics very passionate as they cheered ceaselessly when athletes were doing the needful at Rojenney Stadium at the weekend.

Over 200 athletes participated at the Athletic Federation of Nigeria (AFN) Golden League, which saw actions both on the track and on the field. The hurdles was an event that drew cheers from the spectators who applauded how the athletes scaled over and aimed for glory. Temidayo Oshibanjo won the women’s 100m hurdles with a time of 14:01s, while Martins Ogieriakhi emerged vitorious in the men’s 110 hurdles.

The women’s 400m was won by Oluwatosin Adeloye who clocked 52:72s to power to victory, beating the likes of African Junior champion, Praise Idamadudu who had a very disappointing race. It was the men’s 400m race that produced all the thrills.

The National Sports Festival champion had no difficulty steering past other athletes to win the 400m.

National champion and Custom officer Isah Salihu came close to being defeated in Heat 1 of the men’s 400m, but his experience saw him through in 48.09secs, coming from a losing position to secure a narrow victory. Meanwhile Noah Akwu ran the fastest time in the heats, taking heat two in 47:81, but none of them matched National Sports Festival champion, Erayokan Orukpe in the final. Erayokan whose time of 46:28s earned him victory, revealed that, “The new track made my race to be bumpy, and it affected my time.” Akwu finished 2nd in 47.64s.

Next stop will be the Kaduna Golden League, and athletes like Orukpe, Igbinosun and Imhoaperamhe will be hoping to consolidate on their lead in order to stand a chance of winning the N1.5million jackpot the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) has set for the season.