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Kenya displace USA, Nigeria flops

Attention shifts to Mobil All Nigeria Open

After Nigeria’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 off 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 girl, Sandra Wagner (53.52) was third.

 Chief Solomon Ogba, President AFN
Chief Solomon Ogba, President AFN

Her compatriot, 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 failed 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 Adegoke and Chizoba Okodogbe.

For the first time since the inaugural edition of the Championships, Kenya topped the final medal table with 6 golds, 7 silvers and 1 bronze medals with an incredible tally of 7 medals (4 golds and 3 silvers) grabbed on the last afternoon alone!

The United States of America who 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 eighth position) with 167 ahead of Kenya at 108 points and Germany at 95 points.

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


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