29 June 2012

Nigeria: African Championship - Okagbare Places Second in 100 Metres

Nigeria yesterday lost the gold medal in the women's 100m at the ongoing African Senior Athletics Championship in Port Novo, as top sprinter Blessing Okagbare settled for the silver medal in the event behind Gabonese Zang Milama.

Zang posted 11.6m to beat the opposition from Blessing Okagbare and compatriot Gloria Asunmu who clocks 11.26 and 11.28 respectively.

Nigeria was also not impressive in the 400m men as defending champion Montsho of Botswana, had an easy qualification from heat two in 50.42 over Nigerian Regina Grause who returned 51.39.

South Africa's Burgner Lambrechts, a two-time World Championships finalist, grabbed the first championship gold medal, as he successfully defended his Shot Put title with a throw of 19.51m, while Gabonese Ruddy Zang Milama stirred the crowds in the opening round of the 100m dash, which she won in 11.33 at the Stade de Gaulle in Porto-Novo.

Lambrechts, whose 20.63m career best dates back to 2004, was shy of his 20.12m season's best from February but still dominated the competition.

His compatriot Orazio Cremona improved on his bronze medal result from Nairobi two years ago with his best throw of 19.19m coming in the second round after an opening 17.12m and 18.90 in the third.

Egyptian Yasser Ibrahim with 18.78m squeezed in for the bronze.

Meanwhile, most of the track events - 100m semi-finals, the men's 800m qualifying heats and the men's 10,000m final were all rescheduled due to a waterlogged track.

The other field final, the women's Hammer Throw, was rained off midway yesterday and could be rerun on the final day, July 1.

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