Omaka, Bamidele dominate 1st AFN-NDDC Golden League, Port-Harcourt

Nigeria’s 2010 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) champion, Josephine Omaka/Photo credit: Mark Ouma

Nigeria’s 2010 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) champion, Josephine Omaka of the CDA and Immigration Track Club Bamidele Taiwo who were some of the athletes that won their events at the All Comers in Ibadan and Sagamu last month shown brightly at the 1st AFN-NDDC Golden League in Port Harcourt.

Both sprinters won their 100m events at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt, Rivers State last weekend.

Omaka (11.58) repeated her victory over returnee Susan Akene Obehi in the All Comers. Akene clocked 11.75 for the second position while Delta athlete, Margaret Benson (11.86) was third.

In the men’s race, Taiwo posted a fairly encouraging 10.36 secs to leave Abia athlete Jonathan Nmaju (10.38) and Elvis Ukale of Delta (10.48) struggling for the second and third positions respectively.

In the quarter mile, Police athlete, Segun Ogunkole dusted all to claim the first position with a 47.23 while another police athlete, Chukwuma Madunta (47.36) placed second. Isah Saliu (47.49) of Custom was third.

In the 110m hurdle, Samuel Okon restated his resolve to return to the top again after the distraction caused his career at the last Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India two years ago. He was head and shoulder above the field in experience and easily won the event in 13.90secs.

Martins Oghiriakhi (14.13) and Tosin Ogedengbe (14.23) both of the Police were second and third respectively.

Benue athlete, Agber Shimeniger clocked 2. 11;39 to win the 800m while Bunmi Odejobi (2.13;55) Police and Rivers athlete, Bukola Pereirra (2.16;16) were second and third respectively.

Chinazom Amadi claimed the women long jump event top position with average 6.36m jump. The closest next jumper to Amadi was Megarock Track Club athlete, Mary Otoaruoh (6.22) while Adewunmi Ademuwagun (6.15) of the Police was third.

In the men shot put, veteran Kenechukwu Ezeofor of the Prisons Track Club was the only thrower who made the 16m mark with a 16.77m. Delta athlete, Augustine Nwoye (15.54) was second while Osi Sunday Denis (14.74) of the Defenders Club was third.

In the relays, the Police men team won the 4x100m and the 4x400m events while the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (4x100m) and the Defenders Club (4x400m) shared the women version of the two events.

Meanwhile, the next league of the Golden League has been scheduled to hold at the University of Nigeria Sports Complex in Nsukka on April 21.

It was originally scheduled to hold at the Dan Anyiam Stadium in Owerri but had to be moved to UNN due to the renovation work currently going on at the Imo State owned facility.

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