This Day (Lagos)

7 December 2012

Nigeria: Athletics - Ogun, Rivers Pick 400 Million Gold

Ogun State's Tosin Adeloye produced one of the improved time in the 400m men event after returning 46 .27secs to claim the gold medal Thursday night.

Rivers State athletes continued their easy run in the 400m as Abbas Abubakar and Gerald Odeka won silver and bronze medals in 47.13 and 47.68secs respectively.

In the women's 100m hurdles final, Rivers State's athlete, Grace Ayemogba, returned 14.32 secs to win gold. Brigitte Ekongolo of Cross River State claimed silver in 14.53secs while the bronze medal went to another athlete Rivers athlete, Favour Efe, who returned 14.62 secs.

In the men's 110 hurdle event, Delta State's Martins Oghareki came on strongly from behind to win gold in 14.36secs. Another Delta athlete, Wisdom Benjamin, returned 14.53secs for the silver while Rivers athlete, Abejoye Oyeniyi won bronze medal in 14.88secs.

Cross River State's Ismael Sadjo won the 3,000 steeple-chase event after returning a time of 9.10.69secs for the gold.

In his comments after the race, Rivers State Sports Commissioner, Fred Igwe, said that the state's contingent have tried to keep their heads high and would be ready to congratulate any winner that emerges from the Festival.

"My athletes have tried and as things stand at the moment, one of the states seemed to have left others behind and it's a good development for our sports. Rivers were once winners and we can still do it again, but we must also hail states that are courageous enough to pose a tough challenge in this tournament."

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