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IAAF World Junior: Etim, Agbogunloko remain on course

By Ben Efe
Nigeria’s women quarter-milers Margaret Etim and Bukky Abogunloko stayed on course for a medal at the on-going World Junior Championships in Moncton, Canada.

Etim posted the second fastest time in 400m heats. She ran 52.48 seconds in heat behind Shaunae Miller, who ran 52. 4 seconds. Barring any unforseen circumstances both girls could decide between themselves who wins gold and silver in the final that will be decided today. Abogunloko clocked 53.38 in her heat, she could also be in the final eight contestants for the gold.

In the100m event, Nigeria’s Ayobami Oyebiyi and Stella Sillas failed to make it to the final. Ayobami ran 10.54 in his heat, while Sillas ran 11.64 in her heat.

Back at home, sprinter Obinna Metu yesterday joined the rest of the Nigerian team already in Nairobi, Kenya for the African Championships.

“He was one of the athletes that was on probation for the championships. He got his ticket yesterday to join the rest of the team,” said Navy Captain Omatsheye Nesiama.

He added that Nigeria team is acclimatizing very well in Nairobi and was positive that Nigeria will post a good result.
“We hope to do well at the African championships. It will be part of our preparations for the Commonwealth Games,” added the AFN board member.


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