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Golden League: AFN includes all comers in Ibadan leg

The Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) has magnanimously included an all-comers event in the second leg of the Golden League holding this weekend at the Liberty Stadium, Ibadan.

Going by the earlier schedule of the AFN Golden League, only athletes who finished top six in the various events were to continue the hunt for the N1m jackpot on offer.

But yesterday, Sunday Bada, the technical director of the AFN said that Friday April 16 has been thrown open for all-comers while the League events hold the next day, April 17.

“We want to allow more athletes come and try their luck. Friday is an All-comers day while the Golden League events will hold the next day,” stressed the former 400m World.

Bada admitted that this second leg of the League would be used to select athletes to resume camping for  both the African Championships and the Commonwealth Games.

“We had initially penciled down 25 athletes from the first leg of the League in Kaduna but paucity of funds made it impossible for us to resume the Ijebu Ode camp. Hopefully, as soon as we finish the second leg of the League in Ibadan, we will resume our preparations for both the African Championships and the Commonwealth Games,” observed the serving senior police officer.

Meanwhile, the battle for who wins the N1m jackpot will continue at this Ibadan leg of the League with special focus on the sprint event.

While the men 100m event in Kaduna ended in a photo finish but with a slight advantage going to Delta athlete Oghoghene Egwero, the lad who missed the title by whiskers, Benjamin Adukwu will be all out to snatch the crown.

Both Egwero and Adukwu were timed 10.20 and 10.21 secs respectively.

The female version of the race appears to be where surprises may happen. Josephine Omaka won the first leg in Kaduna with little or no challenge from the field. But that may change with the return of Agnes Osazuwa to the country after a spell in Europe.

Osazuwa who is aiming to get attention in the Europe circuit is aiming to run an 11. 2 to flag_off her outdoor season. With that in mind, Omaka’s dream of repeating her Kaduna feat in Ibadan may therefore be under serious threat.

Also, another N1m jackpot favourite is Margaret Etim of Ondo State who won the first leg of the women 400m in 52.44 secs. She also won the 200m in 23.78secs.

Listed events to compete for the Golden League include (Men): 100m, 400m, 800m, 400mhurdles, Triple Jump, High Jump, 4x100m and 4x400m.

The women are to compete in 100m, 200m, 400m, 1500m, 5000m, 400m hurdles, Long Jump, 4x100m and 4x400m with N20, 000, N15, 000 and N10, 000 as prize monies for the first, second and third positions respectively


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