Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) has listed nine athletes to participate at the IAAF World Indoor Championships scheduled for this weekend in Birmingham, United Kingdom.
The list comprising of seven female and two male athletes will see Nigeria compete at the quarter mile event, shot put, 100m and 60m hurdles.
Three-time National Champion in the women’s 400m event, Patience Okon-George will be leading 8 others to the United Kingdom. Okon-George is Nigeria’s only representative in the 400m but will be joined by Regina George, Glory Nathaniel, Yinka Ajayi and Emerald Egwim in the women’s 4x400m. It will be Ajayi, Nathaniel and Egwim’s debut at the World Indoors.
Reigning 100m hurdles champion at the National Collegiate of Athletics Association (NCAA), Oluwatobiloba Amusan will also be competitng in her first World Indoors (60m hurdles) alongside US-based duo Chukwuebuka Enekwechi (Shot Put) and Chidi Okezie (400m), while 100m hurdles bronze medallist at the 2015 All African Games, Lindsay Lindley completes the list.
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Amusan ran her personal best (PB) and season’s best (SB) of 7.89 secs last month at an outdoor meeting in the 60m hurdles. A podium finish this weekend will see Amusan become the second Nigerian sprint hurdler after Glory Alozie (7.87 seconds) in the World Indoors.
The IAAF World Indoor Championships will hold from March 1-4 in Birmingham, United Kingdom.