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AFN Golden League: Nicholas, Wisdom Dominate At Rojenny

Posted: Jun 12, 2015 at 12:54 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Uzor Odigbo  –  Onitsha 


The duo of Imhoaperamhe Nicholas and Igbenosun Isoken Wisdom on Thursday dominated the men and women 100m events at the 1st leg of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria 2015 Golden League held at the Rojenny Games Mini Stadium in Oba, Anambra State.

Imhoaperamhe led a strong field of eight athletes to place first in 10.23secs, which was his Seasons Best, beating Africa Junior Champion, Divine Oduduru, who placed second in 10.37secs, while Odele Tega Peter placed third in 10.50secs.

Reacting to his time after the race, Nicholas said he was impressed with his performance, which he described as his season’s best.

“I am excited because 10.23 is my seasons best though it did not qualify me for the IAAF World Championships, but with the two legs remaining, I hope to nick 10.1secs required for my qualification.”

In the women sprint event, Isoken outpaced Ezealah Nkem to win the women event in 11.68secs, while Ezeakah returned in 11.72secs to place second, even as Lagos state athlete, Cecelia Francis, placed third in 11.77secs.

The quarter mile event (400m) brought spectators to their feet as Orukpe Erayokan outran veterans Noah Akwu and Isah Salihu to place first with 46.28secs, which is a Seasons Best (SB), while Akwu and Isah finished second and third respectively in 47.64secs and 48.14secs.

“The track affected my race but I believe the next two races in Kaduna and Ilorin I will run a 45secs low,” said Orukpe.

Meanwhile, Anambra State Governor, Willy Obiano, has assured of his continuous support for sports with the commissioning of the first eight lane tartan tracks at Rojenny Stadium in Oba on Thursday.

While commissions the project, the governor said that henceforth sportsmen and women from the state would use of the facilities for the good of the state, the nation and the world at large.

He, however, assured that government has made provision to assist the athletes in three categories namely; elites, national and state.

He also said that schools in the state would be assisted in the area of equipping their games masters for the development of their students.

The governor however thanked the AFN’s president and his board for bringing the Golden League to the state for the first time.

The tartan track, which was built by a Nigeria company, Solid Works cost the state government over N80 million.