AYAC 2013: Ethiopian 800m 1-2, Nigerians dominate sprints in Warri - Day 2 wrap

Governor of Delta State with the AYAC 2013 Boys 100m podium with Divine Oduduru in the centre / Photo: Segun Ogunfeyitimi

Nigerians Divine Ejowvokoghene Oduduru and Deborah Adewale emerged African Youth sprint champions; and Ethiopians strike a 1-2 finish in girls 800m to highlight day two at the African Youth Athletics Championships (AYAC) at the Warri Township Stadium in Delta State, Nigeria.

Egypt maintained their lead on the medals table with four gold medals added in the second day of competition despite Nigeria that dominaing the short sprints after winning the Girls and Boys 100m events.

Oduduru justified his favourite tag by racing to the boys 100m Gold with a time of 10.62 seconds ahead of Ethiopia’s Amanuel Abebe Atsibeha, who was second in 10.86 seconds and another Nigerian Ismaila Adedeji Yusuf, who finished in third position with 10.87 seconds.

In the girl’s 100m event, it was Nigeria that held sway once more with Deborah Adewale and Cecelia Francis finishing first and second with times of 11.87 and 11.98 seconds respectively. Pesse Prenom from Togo came third in 12.25 seconds.

Nigeria also dominated the girls 400m event as Edidiong Ofonime placed first 54.46 seconds while Abimbola Junaid followed closely in 54.81 seconds. Galafele Moroko of Botswana was third with a time of 55.52secs.

Gambian, Tijani Keita won the boys 400m in 47.41 seconds, Galacha Gabiso of Ethiopia was second with 47. 75 seconds with Samuel Oghenewegba Nathaniel of Nigeria settling for the bronze medal in 47.89 seconds.

Egypt’s Lina Omar Geber grabbed the 100m hurdles girls title with a time of 14.04 seconds. The Nigerian duo of Temidayo Osinbanjo (14.73) and Aderonke Ademosu (14.75) followed in second and third positions respectively.

It was an Ethiopian double in the girls’ 800m as Aliyi Zeyituna (2.05:05) and Olti Durets Edau (2.06:04) placed first and second while Nigeria’s Esther Oluwatobilola came third with 2.06.59.

The host country felt the absence of National Sports Festival gold medalist, Ese Brume in the girls’ long jump as Egypt’s Esraa Mohammed Samir beat Nigeria’s Abire Uyoyo and Amusan Oluwatobilola to second and third position with a leap of 5.63m.

Meanwhile, Atlanta 1996 Olympics Long Jump gold medalist, Chioma Ajunwa, will hold a seminar tagged “Say no to illicit drugs in sports” at different venues where the young athletes would be warned against doping in order not to ruin their careers.

The venues for the three-day event include Excel Hotel, Kayior Hotel and Mega Hilton in Warri, Delta State.

Download: Timetable - AYAC 2013 - Horaire championnat d'Afrique Cadets

Medals Table  -  after Day 2

Country           Gold        Silver    Bronze

  1. Egypt                    5              3           6
  2. Nigeria                 4              4           6
  3. Kenya                   3              1           0
  4. Ethiopia                1              5           2
  5. Gambia                 1              0           1
  6. Benin                    0              0           1
  7. Botswana              0             0           1
  8. Togo                    0             0            1
  9. Eritrea                  0             0            1


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