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College To Sustain Production Of National Athletes

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The Vice-Principal, Administration, King’s College, Lagos, Mr Charles Utomi has said that the college will sustain its tradition of discovering sportsmen who will represent the country in international competitions.

Utomi spoke in Lagos, at the end of the college’s annual mini-marathon, tagged “The 2012 Ikoyi Run,’’ last weekend.

He said that the competition,, organised by the college, which the British established in 1909, was to prepare its students for track and field events.

“You can see that a new record has been set in the competition, because an SSS III student returned a time of 33 mins 27secs, as against last year’s winner’s 47 mins, 27secs,’’ he said.

Utomi said that they had taken care of all the logistics to ensure that the college came out tops in national competitions during the year.

He added that the primary mandate of the institution was to graduate all-round students, fully grounded in academics, sports and character.

“In King’s College, the three components go hand in hand because, if you graduate and excel academically without having sports or character, you will hardly be identified as a King’s man,” he said.

Mr Shittu Sualiman, Sports Master/Head, Physical and Health Education Department of the college, said that the Ikoyi Run was to sensitise the community to its yearly inter-house sports.

Sulaiman said that the finals of the competition, slated to hold next weekend, would see students at the junior, intermediate and senior categories competing in various sports.

“We are happy that new stars are emerging from competitions like this where talents are identified.

“We are also expecting to see more of them in our upcoming competitions because that will mean that we are still on course in the area of producing athletes for the country,’’ he said.

The winner of the race, Azeez Tijani, said he was happy to have set a new record, adding that it was determination that saw him through.

Tijani, who is also the games prefect and captain of the college’s football team, said that the victory did not come to him as a surprise because he had been training for the competition.

“I have been doing a lot of training with my team-mates for today’s competition and it paid off for both me and the others who came second and third respectively.

“I am happy to have set a new record during the 18km race, as well as for the recognition it has fetched me,’’ he said.

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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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