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Oke retains title, Kenya sweep 10,000m and South Africa leads medal table - Africa Championships Day 4

Kenya women lead in the 10,000m race/ Photo: Yomi Omogbeja

Nigeria's Tosin Oke retained his African Triple Jump title, Kenya women swept the 10,000m medals and South Africa leads medal table at the end of day four of the18th Africa Senior Athletics Championships in Porto-Novo, Benin Republic on Saturday.

Montsho, Okagbare surge to Championship Records in Benin - African Champs Day 3

Botswana's Amantle Montsho & Isaac Makwala in Benin / Photo: Yomi Omogbeja

Reigning World and Commonwealth 400m champion, Amantle Montsho of Botswana and Olympic Long Jump Bronze medallist Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria coasted to new Championship records on day three of the Africa Senior Athletics Championships here at the Charles de Gaulle stadium in Porto-Novo, Benin.

Zang-Milama dethrones Okagbare as African queen, Kenyans dominant - African Championships Day 2

Ruddy Zang-Milama edges past Blessing Okagbare in Benin/Photo: Yomi Omogbeja

Gabon's petite sprinter Ruddy Zang-Milama defied all odds to beat the defending champion Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria to the Gold medal on day two of the Africa Senior Athletics Championships in Porto-Novo, Benin with Kenyans dominating the long distance races and smashing the Championship records.

Nigeria select 44 for 2012 Africa Senior Championships in Benin

Blessing Okagbare in Calabar 2012/ Photo: Segun Ogunfeyintimi

Nigeria selectors chose a team of 44 athletes to represent the West African nation at the 18th African Senior Athletics Championships scheduled to begin on Tuesday June 26 at the Stade d’Lamite in Port Novo, Benin Republic.

African champions Van Zyl and Viljoen in Benin to defend crowns

South African Javelin record holder Sunette Viljoen

South African's reigning African 400m hurdles and Javelin champions, LJ van Zyl and Sunette Viljoen will arrive in Benin tommorow for the 18th Africa Senior Athletics Championships looking for their fourth and third consecutive titles respectively at the Africa showpiece.

Okagbare adds Long Jump Gold, Chukwuemeka & Gbagbeke impress in Calabar - Nigeria Champs Day 3 wrap

Blessing Okagbare soaring to 6.97m in Calabar / Photo: Segun Ogunfeyintimi

Blessing Okagbare completed her double with a huge Long Jump PB, Vivian Chukwuemeka and Stanley Gbagbeke impressed with decent distances as the 66th All Nigeria (Olympic Trials) / Cross-Rivers State Athletics Championships ends in Calabar.

Metu returns with two A Standards, Oke hits new PB in Calabar - Nigeria Champs Day 2

Tosin Oke winning in Calabar 2012 / Photo: Yomi Omogbeja

Obinna Metu proved his doubters wrong with two Olympic A Standards to reclaim the Nigerian men's 100m title and Tosin Oke retained his Triple jump crown on Day two of the 66th All-Nigeria (Olympic Trials)/Cross-Rivers State Athletics Championships in Calabar on Wednesday.

Okagbare edges past Asumnu to 4th consecutive All-Nigerian title in Calabar- Nigeria Champs Day 1

Blessing Okagbare, Gloria Asumnu & Lawretta Ozoh on the podium/ Photo: Yomi Omogbeja

Defending champion, Blessing Okagbare, wins her fourth successive Nigerian women's 100m title ahead of Delta State's compatriot Gloria Asunmu at the 66th All Nigeria (Olympic Trials)/Cross-Rivers State Athletics Championships in Calabar on Tuesday.

Benin 2012: South-Africa selects 75 athletes for African Championships team

South African team march at Nairobi 2010 AAC / Photo: Yomi Omogbeja

Athletics South Africa (ASA) names a 75-member strong team to represent SA at next month's 18th African Senior Championships in Athletics in Porto Novo, Benin from June 27 to July 1, 2012.

Mavis Hutchison of Fish Hoek, South Africa’s Galloping Granny

Mavis Hutshison at home in Fish Hoek & Competing in Spain in 2005 / Photo Credits: Viv von der Heyden / Mavis Hutchison

Mavis Hutchison, fondly known as South Africa’s Galloping Granny and resident of Fish Hoek is, at 86, still competing in major athletics events. At the recent South African Masters Championships held in Pretoria, Mavis took part in the 100 and 200m sprints and the javelin and shotput field events, winning gold in each event.

Namibia select a team of 13 for CAA Southern Regionals in Harare

Namibian Junior Athletes in training / Photo: Namibia Sport

Athletics Namibia has selected a team of 13 athletes to represent the country at the Confederation of African Athletics Southern Region Youth Championships which take place in Harare, Zimbabwe on May 27.

South Africa to send team of 31 to Barcelona - IAAF World Junior Championships

Morné Moolman of South Africa / Photo:NemethJavelins

Athletics South Africa (ASA) has announced a final team of 31 athletes to represent the southern African nation at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Barcelona, Spain from July 10-15, 2012.

Quarter-milers standout at 4th AFN Golden League in Port-Harcourt

Harry Chukwudike wins at the AFN Golden League

A hotly contested women's 400m was the highlight of the 4th AFN/NDDC Golden League meet held at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt, Nigeria on Saturday May 19th

Gebrselassie wins fifth Manchester 10k title, Masai dominates women's race

Haile Gebrselassie wins in Manchester again

Ethiopian distance running legend, Haile Gebrselassie posted a dominant victory over a quality field to win his fifth Bupa Great Manchester 10K Run in a time of 27 minutes and 39 seconds on Sunday.

Ethiopians Dibaba & Gebrhiwet, Kenyan Chemos shine in Shanghai - Samsung Diamond League

Genzebe Dibaba wins in Shanghai DL / Photo credit: Xinhua/Meng Yongmin

Genzebe Dibaba sets an Ethiopian record 3:57.77 in the women's 1500m, her compatriot Hagos Gebrhiwet wins men's 5000m in a world leading 13:11.00, whilst Kenyans Milcah Chemos (3000m S/C women, 9:15.81) and Leonard Kosencha (800m men,1:46.05) took comfortable wins on a rainy evening at the Samsung Diamond League meeting in Shanghai, China on Saturday.

Adeloye, Ifemosu secure Barcelona 2012 ticket at DK Olukoya Nigerian youth championships

Nigerian young athletes /Photo credit: Yomi Omogbeja

Tosin Adeloye and Dare Ifemosu were the star performers, with both bettering the IAAF World Juniors qualification standards, at the two-day 2nd AFN/D.K Olukoya National U-18 Athletics Championship which concluded at the Yaba College of Technology Sports Centre in Lagos on Saturday.

Calabar readies to host 66th All-Nigeria Athletics Championships

The Women's 400m final at Calabar 2012/ Photo: Mark Ouma

The Cross-River state government appoints deputy Governor, Efiok Cobham, as the chairman of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) for the 66th Cross River State/All-Nigeria Athletics Championships which holds June 21-23, 2012 in Calabar.

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Athletics Nigeria task Coaches on athletes monitoring

AFN President, Solomon Ogba / Photo credit: Yomi Omogbeja

The Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) has charged athletics coaches in the African country to concentrate on grassroots development and monitoring of school sports competitions to groom young athletes for the nation.

Kenyans distance runners sweep to World Leads in Doha - Samsung Diamond League report

Samsung Diamond League Logo

Kenyans scored an early season victory over arch-rival Ethiopians at the Samsung Diamond League meeting in Doha as Vivian Cheruiyot, Pamela Jelimo, David Rudisha, Augustine Choge, Silas Kiplagat and Paul Kipsiele Koech all stormed to world leading times at Qatar Sports Club stadium in the Qatari capital last night.

Abshero joins Gebrselassie and Makau in Bupa Great Manchester Run 2012

Ethiopian Ayele Abshero / Photo: Colombo/FIDAL

Ethiopian Ayele Abshero, the 2012 World Marathon Leader, will face Haile Gebrselassie (Ethiopia) and Patrick Makau (Kenya), the past and present incumbents of the title, at the Bupa Great Manchester Run on Sunday May 20th.

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