Elite Race Walking Instructor, Samuel Babatoba, said on Tuesday that two new national records had been set in the 20 km walk by Adeyemi Kazeem and Seyi Lawal.
Kazeem returned a time of 1hr 46min in the men’s event while Lawal returned 1hr 46min in the women event at the All Nigeria Open which ended in Calabar on Sunday.
Babatoba said in Lagos that prior to the results, no Nigerian had covered the distance below two hours.
He said that with the records, Nigerian athletes had the potential to do well in international competitions. “We thank the Athletic Federation of Nigeria (AFN) for allowing us to be part of the All Nigeria Open Championships.
“We have always complained about lack of competitions. The All Nigeria competition is a good opportunity for us to showcase the talents we have.
“With the time returned by the athletes, we look forward to making Nigeria proud in any international competition,” Babatoba said.
“The performance of the athletes at the championship clearly shows that Nigeria have good athletes that can do well at any competition given adequate preparations,” he added.
He commended the large turnout of the athletes for the open.
91 athletes, 45 officials to represent Gombe
A total of 91 athletes and 45 officials are to represent Gombe State at the 17th National Sports Festival holding in Port-Harcourt. The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Sports and Culture, Alhaji Jalo Abubakar, said in Gombe on Saturday that the state would compete in 13 events at the festivals.
Abubakar listed the events as Judo, Golf, Kick-boxing, Cycling, Badminton, Special Sports, Traditional Sports, Boxing, Swimming, Taekwando, Table-Tennis and Hockey. He said that the state’s contingent had prepared adequately for the festival and was optimistic it would make the people of Gombe proud.