AFN President, Chief Solomon Ogba
The Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) trials in Port Harcourt to select athletes to represent the country at the African Junior Championships in South Africa and the World Youth Championships in Ukraine, was full of quality performances Wednesday.
In the boys 100m event which took place in the afternoon at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, Harry Chukubike ran a personal best of 11.31secs to place first position.
Peace Ukoh also dominated the girls’ sprint, returning 11.36secs to give hope of podium placement for the Nigerian contingent in the global championships. Ukoh’s time is well above the 11.80 secs IAAF entry standard for the African championship.
In her post race comment, Miss Ukoh however said she was glad to have achieved her personal best this season and will be ready to surpass it in South Africa.
In the 110m hurdles event, Ifeanyi Atume coasted home in 13. 95 secs which most senior athletes are struggling to achieve this season.
There were other fantastic results in the boys and girls 200m, 400m and 100m hurdles events.
The Technical Director of the AFN, Navy Commodore Omatseye Nesiama, was full of excitement that Nigeria was going to present athletes with A standards at both the African and the World Championships.
In the girls’ long jump event, multi- talented Ese Brume jumped 6.51m to emerge as the best performer of the girls’ category.