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How Nigeria Struggled At 2015 CAA/Warri Relays

Posted: Jul 26, 2015 at 12:01 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

From Uzor Odigbo, Lagos

Nigerian athletes were not in the mix when the performance roll was called at the just concluded 2015 Warri Relays/CAA Grand Prix at the Warri Township on Friday evening.

Warri RelaysInstead, it was the Ghanaian athletes that stole the show.

Ghana’s Emmanuel Dasor started the route after defying the bad weather to clock 46.14 secs victory in the men’s 400m ahead of his compatriot Daniel Gyasi, who finished second in 46.45, while Nigeria’s Erayokan Orukpe was third in 46.52.

Another Ghanaian, John Ampomah, triumphed in the men’s Javelin with a throw of 73.73m ahead of Nigerians Kenechukwu Ezeofor (67.32m) and Friday Osayande (64.74m), who settled for second and third positions respectively.

Dasor then proved his 400m victory was no fluke by anchoring the Ghana‘s 4x400m quartet, comprising of George Effah, Daniel Gyasi and Kwadwo Acheampong, to victory in a time of 3:04.72.

Nigeria led by Erayokan finished second after being caught by the Dasor in 3:04.77 while Botswana was third in 3:06.49.

Nigerian women, however, saved the day winning the 4x400m in 3:30.88 ahead of Botswana (3:36.97) and Nigeria’s team B (3:46.43).

Nigerian Amaka Ogoegbunam won the women’s 400m hurdles in 56.26, with Daisy Akpofa of Ghana second in 58.51 and Glory Nathaniel third in 58.53.

Mozambique’s Kurt Couto won the men’s 400m Hurdles in 50.46 ahead of Nigeria’s Henry Okorie, who clocked 50.86 for second ahead of 2012 African champion Amaechi Morton, who finished third in 51.01.

Precious Ogunleye of Nigeria won the women’s Hammer with a best throw of 56.25m with Nigerians Cecilia Ekpenyong, second with 44.95m, and Rita Modili, third with 39.73m, respectively.

Former national champion Ogho-Oghene Egwero won the men’s 100m A race in 10.23 followed by Jonathan Nmaju (10.34) and former national sprint champion Obinna Metu was third in 10.37.

Gloria Asumnu won the women’s 100m A race in 11.60 edging out Ghana’s Fling Owusu-Agyapong (11.61) on the line with Nigeria’s Nkem Ezealah a distant third in 11.71.

African junior champion Divine Oduduru won the men’s 100m B race in 10.38 ahead of Peter Tega Odele, second in 10.43, and third placed Chukwuma Onyeaku (10.56) while Stephanie Kalu won the women’s B race in 11.63 ahead of Deborah Odeyemi (11.69) and Ngozi Onwumere (11.72).

Theddus Okpara won the men’s long jump with a best distance of 7.90m, followed by Samson Idiata, who was second with 7.85m, while British-born Nigerian Ezekiel Ewulo was third with 7.68m.

Britain’s Nathan Fox took victory in the men’s triple jump with a leap of 16.65m while Nigeria’s Olamide Olamigoke finished second with a best jump of 16.53m.