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IAAF WYC ends with Team Nigeria in 30th position

Team Nigeria’s only medal’s hope in the boys 200m Ejowokoghene Oduduru finished sixth position on Sunday to take the country to 30th position on the placing table, as the 8th IAAF World Youth Championship ended in Donetsk, Ukraine.

Oduduru who injured himself in the race, returned 21.37 seconds.

ANTELOPE - Oduduru
ANTELOPE – Oduduru

He was admitted in the IAAF Medical centre soon after the race and was replaced in the boys medley relay event where Nigeria placed 7th on Sunday.

Jamaican Michael O’Hara won the 200m in a time of 20.63 secs, while Brazil’s Victor Hugo Dos Santos and Cuba’s Reynier Mena were second and third respectively.

Oduduru’s sixth position moved Team Nigeria from 39th position to 30th. The country finished fifth in the girls 400m and eight in the boys 110m hurdles.

Though there was no medal won, but Team Nigeria was able to make it to  four finals as against the three finals at the last edition in France. Top athletics countries such as Bahamas, Colombia, Belgium, Canada and the Netherlands occupied between the 43rd and 52nd positions at the close of events yesterday.

Jamaica with six gold and two bronze medals was top on the table, followed by Kenya (four gold, three silver and four bronze.) Australia and Ethiopia had three gold medals, while the United States finished with two gold medals.

The host country, Ukraine had one gold.

Other top athletics countries like Bahamas, Canada, Belgium and The Netherlands had no medals in the competition. They finished between the 43rd and 52nd positions on the placing table.

Nigeria striker Obafemi Martins is nursing a calf injury and as such did not feature for Seattle Sounders against San Jose Earthquakes.



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