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ASAAC:Nigeria Loses Out In 100m Events

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Women’s 100m hurdles world record holder Oluwatobi Amusan, who was dealing with a sour throat that stopped her from competing on Friday morning, was responding to treatment, according to the Athletics Federation of Nigeria.
The camp was also rattled by the news of Ofili Favour and Rosemary Chukwuma facing a probable sanction by the AFN technical department for abandoning their women’s 100-metre events.
There was, however, some cheering news later in the day, as the athletes received new kits from AFN and some athletes made some strides in their respective sessions in the evening session, with the mixed 4x400m relay team winning silver Silver in 4x400m relay
Mixed 4x400m relay quartet of Emmanuel Ojeli, Ella Onojuvwevwo, Dubem Nwachukwu, and Patience Okon-George  won silver  in the mixed 4x400m relay, bringing the stick home in 3:13.72.The gold went to South Africa in 3:13.12, while Botswana  got the bronze in 3:15.93.
Women’s Hammer fianl Sade Olatoye won silver in the women’s hammer throw, producing a best effort of 67.72 m  and solidifying her legacy as one of the greatest hammer throwers in African history.
Men’s 400m semifinals Dubem Amene and Chidi Okezie qualified for the men’s 400-metre final. The former finished very fast, clocking a time of 45.83s to place third ahead of Chidi Okezie, who also got through in 45.96s. Anthony Pesela won the race in 45.40s.
In another race, Samuel Ogazi also qualified for the final by clocking a time of 45.44s, finishing very well ahead of Donald Chiyangwa, who ran 45.51s, while Haron Adoli followed in 45.66s.Women’s 400m semifinals
Esther Joseph qualified for the women’s 400m final, clocking a time of 52.26s to finish second in her semifinal race. Miranda Coetzee won the race in 50.91s, just 0.01s off her personal best.
Bronze in men’s long jump making his international debut for Nigeria, Goodness Iredia claimed the bronze medal in the men’s long jump final, jumping a mark of 7.75 m. Emmanuel Njoku, his compatriot, finished 4th in the event with a best effort of 7.72 m. Lionel Coetzee won the gold with 7.78 m.

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Euro 2024: Mikel Oyarzabal Clinches Victory For Spain

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Mikel Oyarzabal scored a late goal to give Spain a 2-1 victory over England in the Euro 2024 Final yesterday at Berlin’s Olympiastadion.
Coming off the bench, Oyarzabal scored the winning goal to give Spain a record fourth European Championship, their first since 2012.
Following a cagey first half in Berlin, in which neither team scored, Spain increased the intensity early in the second half.
A lovely infield shuffle from the 17-year-old Lamine Yamal followed by a cross-pass in the path of Spain’s left-winger, Nico Williams ended up as the opener.
Williams slotted the ball past Jordan Pickford at the bottom corner of the far post to make Spain go ahead of the game.
In the 70th minute, Cole Palmer was substituted in for Kobbie Mainoo.
The Chelsea player took three minutes to combine alongside Jude Bellingham for England’s equalizer.
The winner finally came via another substitute, this time for Spain, as Oyarzabal pounced onto a Marc Cucurella’s low cross from the left to see his team win the game.

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Napoli Reject PSG’s €200m Offer For Osimhen, Kvaratskhelia

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Napoli have turned down a mammoth €200m bid from Paris Saint-Germain for Super Eagles striker Victor Osimhen and his teammate Kvicha Kvaratskhelia.
According to Italian sources, the French champions tabled the mega offer in an attempt to secure the services of both players. However, Napoli are only willing to consider offers for Osimhen this summer.
PSG’s interest in both players is well documented, but Napoli remain firm in their stance regarding Kvaratskhelia. The Georgian international is considered indispensable, and the club have no intention of parting with him this summer.
Osimhen, who has been heavily linked with a move away from the former Serie A champions, has a release clause in his contract reportedly set at €130m. However, with a lack of concrete proposals, Napoli may be open to negotiating a lower fee for the Nigeria international.
PSG’s interest in the duo comes as no surprise, with the French side desperately seeking marquee signings to fill the void left by Kylian Mbappé’s impending free transfer to Real Madrid.

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Squash: Apata Tops Ladder At Lagos Country Club

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The Squash Section, Lagos Country Club recently held its annual 2024 WorkNigeria Squash Ladder tournament where winners emerged in various categories.
The nine-day tournament climaxed last Friday with Bunmi Apata becoming the number one on the gold ladder in the men’s category,
Funmi Bamkole, past president and a patron of squash topped the Ladder in the veteran category and the chairman of the section, Semoore Badejo came tops in the super veteran category.
In the female category, Mrs Abiola Kolawole came first followed closely by Moniola Gege and Mrs Wuraola Adeseun.
The just concluded annual tournament saw players playing a cumulative number of three hundred and forty-three games with Mr Adeboye Teriba winning the prize for the player who played the highest number of games. Kolawole Adeyemi won the prize for the most improved player of the tournament.
In his remark, the president of Lagos Country Club, Mr Seyi Adewunmi commended the high spirit of sportsmanship among the playing members and noted improvement on the standard of the game over the years.
He urged the sectional executives to keep raising the bar in subsequent tournaments.
Olufemi Oyebanjo, the managing director of Worknigeria, sponsors of this year’s Ladder tournament expressed satisfaction on the massive turnout for the event and members obvious enthusiasm towards the game of Squash.
This, according to him, resonates with the goal of the organization to ensure that it develops sound minds fit for the labour market. “When you engage in a rigorous sport like Squash, you are not only fit physically but, you are equally alert, mentally. And this ensures your productivity at your place of work”, he concluded.

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