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AFN Ready For Mobil Championships

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After Nigerian’s team to the 6th IAAF Youth Championships in Bressanone, Italy failed to achieve anything of substance, attention shifts back to the local scene as athletes round up training ahead of the Mobil Track and Field Championship slated for next weekend in Abuja.

United States of America based junior athlete, Chizoba Okodogbe had raised so much hope for a medal in the girls 400m. After winning her semi-final with one of the best times, Okodogbe failed to place on the podium clocking a dismal 56.01 to finish 6th in the final on Saturday.

American Ebony Eutsey (52.88) and Michele Brown (53.44) were first and second while Swede, Sandra Wagner (53.52) was third.

Her compatriot, Comfort Oluwayemi Olugbemi could also not lift camp spirit as he finished 8th in the semis of the boys 200m won by America Keena Brock (21.36). Tomasz Klucznski (21.43) of Poland and Sam Waltz (21.52) of Great Britain were second and third respectively. Josephine Omaka also falled in the semi final of the girls 200m.

Nigeria’s poor outing at the championship was highlighted by the two disqualifications handed out to the boys and girls Medley relay teams. The girls quartet was made up of Judith Kinabiyovwi, Josephine Omaka, Charity Adegoka and Chizoba Okodogbe.

For the first time since the inaugural edition of the championship, Kenya topped the final medal table with six golds, 7 silvers and I bronze medals with an incredible tally of 7 medials (4 golds and 3 silvers) grabbed on the last afternoon alone.

The United States of America which had been at the top of the medal table in the four previous editions finished second this time around with 6 gold, 5 silver and 5 bronze medals.

The US were however top of the placing table (which adds points for each individual finalist up to eight position) with 167 ahead of Kenya at 108 points and Germany at 95 points.

Great Britain was third overall with four gold, 1silver and I bronze medals for what was by far their best showing in this age category global championships.

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Athletics: Okagbare Begins Preparation For Tokyo 2020

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Blessing Okagbare, yesterday started her preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics at the National Trials.
The opening day of the Tokyo 2020 National Trials will see Okagbare competing in the 100m against highly rated Grace Nwokocha
Okagbare, the 8th time national champions is the favourite to win the event again, but Grace Nwokocha remains one of her biggest threats.
The American-based track queen won the championship from 2009 to 2014 and returned to win the 2016 edition after missing out in 2015.
Despite her qualification for the Olympics, Okagbare will be hoping to continue her winning streak and go to the Olympics in high spirits.
Apart from the 100m finals expected to take place in the afternoon, there will be shotput men final with all eyes on  Chukwuebuka Enekwechi.

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LAA Holds Lucrative Track Meet, Next Week

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The Lagos State Athletics Association has announced it would be holding a lucrative Athletics Meet on Thursday, June 24, 2021, at the Teslim Balogun Stadium.
Yussuf Alli, who is the Meet Director for the Lagos Open Athletics Championship, made the disclosure on Wednes-day even as he revealed that arrangements were in top gear to have an elite cast of athletes in the one-day meet.
According to Alli, the Lagos Open Athletics Championship will simultaneously serve as a qualifying window for the Tokyo Olympics as well as a preparatory event for athletes that have already qualified for the sporting showpiece.
“This is another fantastic window for those seeking to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics as well as those seeking quality competition to stay in shape for the Olympics,” Alli said.
“The Lagos State Athletics Association, which is one of the most vibrant in the country, is out to organise a world-class event that would be the talk of the town as we count down to Tokyo,”  he added.
The list of events to be competed for at the Lagos Open Athletics Championship include, the 5,000 meters, 400 meters hurdles, 100 meters, 800 meters, 400 meters and 100 meters.
There would also be quality action in the 4×100 meters open, 4×100 meters open and 4×400 meters mixed relay.
Long jump, High jump, Triple jump, Shot put as well as  4×100 secondary schools relay and 4×100 secondary schools relay have all been pencilled down for the maiden Lagos Open Athletics Champion-ship.
Organisers have assured that the top three finishers across all the events will receive handsome prizes for their efforts.

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S’ Falcons Bow To World Champions

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The Super Falcons of Nigeria lost 2-0 to world champions, USA, in their final Group game at the 2021 Summer Series in Texas, USA.
The result means the African champions failed to win any of their three matches at the invitational tourna-ment, drawing one and losing the other two.
Kristen Press gave the Americans the lead on the stroke of half time, and before Lyn Williams killed Falcons hope of getting a draw with the second goal on the dot of 90 minutes.
With the victory, the world number one has now gone 42 games without tasting a defeat .As for the Falcons, the aim of participating in the Summer Series was to prepare them for a crucial 2022 African Women’s Champion-ship eliminator against perennial rivals, Ghana in October.
The African Women’s Championship will serve as qualifiers for the 2023 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

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