U.S-based Blessing Okagbare in Calabar at the weekend maintained her top rating by defending her title at the on-going 21st Nigeria/NNPC/Mobil Track and Field Championships.
She won the women’s 100 metres race with a time of 11.06 seconds at the U.J. Esuene Stadium, leaving Damola Osayomi of the International Civil Defence Organisations (ICDO) to finish second.
Osayomi returned a time of 11.23, with Agnes Osazuwa of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC) in third place with a time of 11.45 seconds.
Lauretta Ozoh of Delta was fourth with 11.60, a hundredth of a second ahead of Sola Ogundemi of the Civil Defence Academy (CDA) who was fifth in 11.61.
Halimat Ismaila of Delta was sixth with 11.72 while Gloria Bassey of ICDO and Chinazom Amadi of Nigerian Prisons were seventh and eighth with 11.78 and 11.92 respectively.
In the men’s race, Obinna Metu of the Nigerian Prisons won with a time of 10.25 while Delta state’s Egwero Ogho-Oghene came second with 10.40 and Benjamin Adukwu of Ondo State was third in 10.45.
Frederick Agbaje of NSCDC finished fourth with 10.52 while Peter Emelieze of Nigerian Prisons was fifth with 10.53 and Stanley Gbegbeke of Delta was sixth with 10.56.
Nwogu Onyeabor of Nigerian Prisons Service was in seventh place with 10.70 while Ahmed Kasumu placed last with a time of 10.74.
The championships ended on Saturday.
Tokyo 2020: Nigerian Wrestlers Are Medal Hopefuls -Coach
National wrestling coach Akuh Purity, has stated that Nigerian wrestlers going to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics have real medal chances this time, compared to the 2016 Olympics with less than a month to the games in Tokyo.
Purity, speaking in a chat with Tidesports source stressed that better exposure and competition experience already put the Nigerian wrestlers as medal prospects.
He added that the wrestlers had actually competed against the very best in the world in the run-in to the Tokyo Olympics and have an idea of almost whatever anyone of the top guns will offer.
Ex-D’Tigers Player Becomes NBA Head Coach
Former D’tigers player Ime Udoka has been appointed the new coach for Boston Celtics in the NBA.
Udoka had been considered a front-runner for the job, as ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported last Friday that Udoka was among the candidates who received second interviews.
Udoka, 43, spent seven years on Gregg Popovich’s staff in San Antonio, including the 2013-14 season, when the Spurs won the NBA title.
He joined the Philadelphia 76ers in 2019 and was with the Nets last year.
Udoka was a member of the Nigerian national team, for whom he played at the 2006 FIBA World Championships.
B/Volleyball: Nigeria Defeats Kenya In Olympic Qualifiers
Nigeria beat Kenya 2-1 (21-13, 19-21, 15-13) in the golden match to record their first win in the men’s category of the Tokyo Beach Volleyball Olympic Qualifiers in Morocco.
Nigeria Team A (Obayemi Ogunshina and Hilary Simon) lost to Kenya Team B 0-2 (15-21, 13-21) in the first encounter before Nigeria Team B consisting of Emenike Ezike and Emmanuel Chidebere defeated Kenya Team A (21-16, 21-16) in the second encounter.
The head coach of Nigeria beach volleyball team, Francis Imoudu commended the players for putting all their effort against Kenya.
Imoudu stated that Kenya gave Nigeria a good fight but the better side won the game.
He said, “This win is an indication that the men’s team is ready for their remaining opponents. I must commend the fighting spirit of the team because bookmakers had given the game to the Kenyans but we shocked Africa.
“Kenya is a good side but Nigeria did not show them any respect on the court. We will take each game as they come and all we need is the support of Nigerians home and abroad for these boys to succeed”.
Reacting to the victory, the Chairman Caretaker Committee of Nigeria Volleyball Federation, Engineer Musa Nimrod lauded the players for recording their first win of the beach volleyball Olympic qualifiers.
He said the Federation will continue to support the team adding that the players should show no respect to their remaining opponents in the qualifiers.
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