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Okagbare tops Nigeria’s list for Glasgow 2014

Africa’s fastest woman, Blessing Okagbare, will lead the Nigerian athletics team to the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow next month and the Africa Athletics Championships, in Marrakech.

Blessing Okagbare at the 2014 All Nigeria Athletics Championships in Calabar
Blessing Okagbare at the 2014 All Nigeria Athletics Championships in Calabar

The Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) has today released a list of 37 athletes that will represent Nigeria at the XX Commonwealth Games to be held in Glasgow, Scotland from July 23 to August 3, 2014.

A statement sent to AthleticsAfrica by the Chairman Technical/Selection Committee of the AFN, Navy Commodore Omatseye Nesiama, also listed nine (9) more athletes placed on probation.

Top on the list is Africa’s fastest woman , who will be competing in the women’s 100m, 200m and 4x100m relays in both Glasgow and in Marrakech. The under-listed athletes were selected at the completion of the 2014 Cross-River State/All-Nigeria Athletics Championships held in Calabar from June 19-21, 2014.

According to Navy Commodore , those placed on probation have been advised on a time frame of a maximum of 2 weeks to hit the set standards or get dropped from the team.

“Please note that we have deliberately included the names of the qualified juniors in the team for moral boosting purposes. They would be mostly engaged in the World Junior Championships and the African Athletics Championships.

“Their participation in the CWG is subject to other considerations such as convenience of schedule, available depth of the CWG [Glasgow 2014] team etc,” said Navy Commodore Nesiama.

Navy Commodore Nesiama also noted that the AFN would still add more athletes to the list for the , Morocco that will be taking place immediately after the Commonwealth Games.

“All athletes are expected to continue training and preparation accordingly. Names of coaches and officials would be communicated in due course,” Nesiama added.

Women:

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100m/200m/4x100m
1. Blessing Okagbare
2. Gloria Asumnu
3. Dominique Duncan
4. Justina Sule
5. Deborah Odeyemi
6. Mariam Bassey
7. Christy Udo

100m Hurdles
1. Nicole Denby
2. Ugonna Ndu

400m Hurdles
1. Amaka Ogoegbunam

800m
1. Abiye David. (Probation)

400m/4x400m
1. Patience Okon
2. Folashade Abugan
3. Omolara Omotosho
4. Regina George
5. Ada Benjamin
6. Funke Oladoye

Long Jump
1. Blessing Okagbare
2. Ese Brume

Shot Put
1. Nwaneka Okwelogu

Discus
1. Chinwe Okoro

Hammer
1. Queen Obisesan (Probation)

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Men:

100m / 4x100m
1. Mark Jelks
2. Mozavous Jolomi Edwards
3. Ogho Egwero
4. Seye Ogunlewe
5. Obinna Metu
6. Divine Oduduru
7. Peter Emelize

110m Hurdles
1. Tyrone Akins
2. Alex Al-Ameen
3. Martins Ogheriakhi

400m Hurdles
1. Christian Amaechi Morton
2. Rilwan Alowonle (Probation)

400m/4x400m (Probation)
1. Isah Salihu
2. Noah Akwu
3. Omeiza Akerele
4. Orukpe Erayokan
5. Abiola Onakoya

800m
1. Sean Obinwa (Probation)

Long Jump
1. Samson Idiata
2. Suleiman Hammed

1500m Men
1. Soudi Hamajan

Triple Jump
1. Tosin Oke
2. Olumide Olamigoke

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Shot Put/Discus
1. Stephen Mozia

Javelin
1. Kenechukwu Ejiofor

 Complete Results – 68th All Nigeria Athletics Championships – Calabar 2014

Yomog Meje is a former Nigerian junior athlete and the Associate editor at Athletics Africa.

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