Nigeria: Local athletes storm Nsukka for AFN/NDDC Golden League

Harry Chukwudike

Fast times are expected this weekend as Nigerian athletes arrive Nsukka for the 2nd AFN/NDDC Golden League 2012 which will take place on Saturday April 21 at the University of Nigeria (UNN) Sports Complex.

With the first leg winners already on ground, other athletes are ready to go for the kill in the six series event, especially those still chasing the Olympic standards in their events.

The Secretary of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Maria Wophil said Thursday that almost all the athletes that won in Port Harcourt are on ground at the university town to consolidate their positions.

Bamidele Taiwo from Immigration Track and Field club who won the 100m event in 10.36, will be expecting a stiff fight from Jonathan Nmaju (10.38) of Abia and Elvis Ukale (10.48) of Delta who placed second and third respectively.

In the women version of the sprint, Civil Defense Academy's Josephine Omaka may also not find it easy. Both Susan Akene Obehi of the NSCDC and Margaret Benson of Delta will be aiming for revenge.

Meanwhile, Athletics Nigeria has confirmed that instead of the usual All Comers, the Nsukka leg will have some events for athletes not competing for the Golden League jackpot.

"These events are open and not scoring for athletes not on the Golden League trail. These events will hold before the League events," observed Worphil, who is also a member of IAAF Women Committee.

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