This Day (Lagos)

8 December 2012

Nigeria: Olowora Is Long Distance Queen, Wins Third Gold

Lagos athlete, Aminat Olowora, Friday made good her intention to add the women's 1,500m gold to the two she had earlier won in both the 10,000m and the 5,000m.

Eighteen year-old Olowora overwhelmed the field to coast to the finish line in 4: 28.69 secs to pick her third gold medal of the 18th National Sports Festival ending Sunday.

Patience Edet (4:35.18secs) of Cross River picked silver while Chinonso Nwokeoji of Abia who ran 4: 35.88 secs got the consolatory bronze medal of the event.

Apparently satisfied with achieving her target at the Eko 2012, Olowora told THISDAY that she was now looking forward to representing Nigeria at global sports fiestas.

"I am very satisfied with my performance here at the National Sports Festival. I have been able to now prove that the long distance races are not the exclusive preserve of northern runners," enthused Olowora who attributed her victory to the high level coaching she is getting from her trainer she identified sinmply as Coach Saheed.

Interestingly, the day did not belong to Olowora alone.

Bayelsa State long distance runner, Kayode Seriki, also registered his name on the list of achievers at the Eko 2012 Games, becoming the new National Sports Festival record holder in the men's 10,000m.

He ran 30:01.43secs to end Emmanuel Gyang's reign as the 10,000m record holder. Gyang posted the festival record at the festival hosted by Kaduna in 2010.

Meanwhile, Delta State continued to dominate the track and field medals table with 10 gold, 11 silver and 5 bronze medals. Rivers kept a close watch on Delta, trailing the fellow South-south state with nine gold, six silver and eight bronze medals.

Host Lagos is third with three gold and two silver medals. The curtain will be drawn on the track events today even as Lagos is planning an elaborate musical fiesta to round off the 18th NSF on Sunday.

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