Vanguard (Lagos)

Nigeria: U-18 Championships Tougher Than Festival - Javelin Champion

Delta State continued their gold rush at the 18th National Sports Festival with Ugeh Kasie adding the javelin gold with a throw of 40.35m

She revealed afterwords that the competition for her was like a walk in the park, stressing that the last Pastor D.K Olukoya Under-18 champion-ships inLagoswas a harder competition for her. The young athlete added that she was thrilled winning her first nationally recognized title.

"Competition at the Under-18 Championships was very tough for me. I had to train harder for the National Sports Festival and I am very excited winning my first gold.

"I can only hope that this will be the beginning of good things to come in athletics for me," said the athlete who was raised by Coach Johnny Igboka's sports Academy in Nimo,AnambraState.

That itself became like an albatross on her neck, asRiversStateprotested citing the residency clause in the eligibility rule.

Athletics Federation of Nigeria technical officials acknowledged the protest, but they stated that the Rivers' protest did not come within the 30 minutes time limit given for all protests and so Kasie will keep her gold for Delta.

In some of the events concluded yesterday, Delta state dominated the track and field. In the Men's shot put Ifenayi Nwoke of Delta took the gold with 16.14m, Eke Kalu of Abia was good enough for the silver with 15.63m; Tochuwku Onejewu of Delta took bronze with 14.98m

Aminat Olowora won the women 5000m with 18.47.89seconds; Deborah Pam of Delta took silver with 18.58.96seconds.

The men and women 100m will be decided today.

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