Asaba 2018: Amusan, Enekwechi win Gold for Nigeria

Asaba 2018: Amusan, Enekwechi win Gold for Nigeria

Nigeria’s Oluwatobiloba Amusan clinched the gold medal in the 100m hurdles women at the African Athletics Championship in Asaba on Thursday.

Amusan ran a time of 12.86 secs ahead of Rikennete Steenkamp of South Africa in a time of 13.18 secs while Rosvitha Okou of Coted I’voire won the bronze medal in 13.39.

It becomes Amusan’s second gold in 2018 after her win at the Commonwealth Games in Australia.

Amusan said,”My goal was to come out here to run my race and that is exactly what I did. Competing here on the home track is one of the edges I had and I was pretty excited I got the much needed support in front of the home crowd to cruise to victory. I’m really grateful for their support.”

“The goal is to keep getting called, keep putting everything in the record books and hopefully World Championships and Olympics. Everything will eventually be fine,” she assured

“And lastly, I’m happy to win my first senior gold medal at the African Championships.”

Meanwhile, 2018 Commonwealth silver medallist Chukwuebuka Enekwechi also won a gold medal in the Men’s Shot Put.

Chukwuebuka Enekwechi

Enekwechi best throw of 21.08 got him the medal while Egypt’s Mohamed Khalifa had a throw of 19.33m and bronze medal was won by Kyle Blignaut from South Africa with a throw of 19.05m.

The 25 year old made 19.49 in his first attempt then improved it to 20.38 in his fifth attempt.

National junior champion, Joy Udo-Gabriel raced to a third place finish to win bronze in a time of 11.58 secs behind Ghanian Janet Amponsah in 11.54 secs and African record holder Marie Jose Ta Lou of Coted I’voire in 11.15 secs.

In the Hammer Throw, Nigeria’s Ogunrinde Temilola won silver with a distance of 67.39, Zakour Soukaina of Morocco won gold with a throw of 68.28 while Jennifer Batu finished third in distance of 66.43.

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